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Chicago Cubs

Stadium: Wrigley Field | Manager: Rick Renteria
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Cubs.2395031293.70
NL Central5th4th2nd4th
National League 12th11th3rd10th

Last Game

Thu, August 28
Great American Ball Park
TV: MLB Network Regional
Chicago Cubs
at
Cincinnati Reds
CHC2Final7CIN

Pitching

W: D. Axelrod (1-0)
L:
J. Arrieta (7-5)

Home Runs

CHC - None  
CIN
- None

Schedule

Mon Aug 18
W 4 - 1at NYM
Recap
Tue Aug 19
W 2 - 0SF
Recap
Wed Aug 20
L 8 - 3SF
Recap
Thu Aug 21
W 2 - 1SF
Recap
Thu Aug 21
L 5 - 3SF
Recap
Fri Aug 22
W 4 - 1BAL
Recap
Sat Aug 23
W 7 - 2BAL
Recap
Sun Aug 24
W 2 - 1BAL
Recap
Tue Aug 26
W 3 - 0at CIN
Recap
Wed Aug 27
L 7 - 5at CIN
Recap
Thu Aug 28
L 7 - 2at CIN
Recap
8:15 pm EDT
Today
FSN Midwestat STL
Preview
2:15 pm EDT
Sat Aug 30
at STL
8:15 pm EDT
Sat Aug 30
at STL
2:15 pm EDT
Sun Aug 31
at STL
2:20 pm EDT
Mon Sep 1
MIL
8:05 pm EDT
Tue Sep 2
MIL
8:05 pm EDT
Wed Sep 3
MIL
2:20 pm EDT
Fri Sep 5
PIT
4:05 pm EDT
Sat Sep 6
PIT

Standings

NL
Central
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Milwaukee62-5173-60
St. Louis63-4971-61
Pittsburgh61-5569-64
Cincinnati59-5865-69
Chicago50-6659-74
Fantasy Analysis | 1409263922
Time to get with the program on Jorge Soler
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

As much as I wrote about Jorge Soler leading up to his promotion and the day it actually came, I'm at risk of beating a dead horse here, but now that he has a couple 2-for-4 games under his belt, I feel the need to reiterate: You want him in Fantasy.

Maybe in shallower leagues where every team starts just three outfielders and half the owners checked out at the All-Star break, allowing you to build up incomparable depth at the position, OK, you can let him go, but the impact he could make for you this time of year is worth the risk of him sputtering like so many of the high-profile hitter prospects who came before him this year.

And aside from George Springer, I'm not sure any of those prospects was as prepared for his promotion as Soler. True, he ascended the ladder quickly, collecting just 175 at-bats above high Class A, but he was no average minor-leaguer, having played at the highest level of Cuba. Once it clicked for him after a two-year adjustment period, the minor leagues couldn't hold him back. In terms of batting average, slugging percentage and OPS, he was neck-and-neck with Kris Bryant at the time of his promotion.

And unlike Springer, Jon Singleton, Javier Baez, his success wasn't accompanied by a worrisome strikeout rate. He'll strike out his fair share, like any young slugger, but it won't be the impediment it's been for them.

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Jake Arrieta hit hard in fifth loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta struggled through one of his worst starts of the season Thursday, in a 7-2 loss to the Reds.

Arrieta, who had allowed two or fewer runs in five of his previous six starts, was tagged for six before being chased after four innings of work this time around. He allowed six hits and walked four batters, though he also struck out eight on 96 pitches in the loss.

Arrieta's ERA rose a quarter of a run with Thursday's outing, though it still stands at a very respectable 2.88 through 128 1/3 innings. He carries a 7-5 record into his next start, set for Tuesday against the Brewers. 

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Chris Coghlan ejected following second strikeout
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

 Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan was tossed from Thursday's game against the Reds, for arguing balls and strikes.

Coghlan struck out looking in the fifth inning and was ejected by home place umpire Ben May for arguing with the call. He finished the game 0 for 2 with two strikeouts and one walk. 

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Justin Ruggiano set to see specialist
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano will visit with a specialist to determine the exact nature of the ankle injury that landed him on the disabled list Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Ruggiano had been out for nearly a week before the team opted to put him on the DL, and at this point no timetable for a potential return is known.  

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Anthony Rizzo still sidelined Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo missed his second game in a row Thursday against the Reds, as he continues to deal with a back injury.

Rizzo told MLB.com Thursday the injury first began bothering him during Tuesday's rain delay, but it shouldn't be an issue much longer. He hopes to return in time for Friday's series opener against the Cardinals. 

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGStarlin Castro , SS.287
HRAnthony Rizzo , 1B30
RBIAnthony Rizzo , 1B71
OBPAnthony Rizzo , 1B.375
SLGAnthony Rizzo , 1B.514
RAnthony Rizzo , 1B81
SBJunior Lake , LF7
WTravis Wood , SP8
ERATravis Wood , SP4.72
WHIPTravis Wood , SP1.48
KJake Arrieta , SP135
SVHector Rondon , RP22
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