La Stella is starting at second base and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Mets. This is La Stella's first start since Monday, though he has made pinch-hitting appearances in the last four contests. The 29-year-old is slashing an impressive .348/.427/.379 in 66 at-bats this season.
La Stella is starting at second base and batting leadoff in Monday's game against the Braves. This is just La Stella's eighth start of the season and the first time he'll begin the game as the leadoff hitter. The 29-year-old is sporting a solid .319/.373/.362 slash line through 47 at-bats.
La Stella agreed to a one-year, $950,000 deal with the Cubs on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. This is one of the lower figures an arbitration-eligible player will receive, but it's easy to see why. La Stella is strictly a bench player, and has not received 200 plate appearances in a season since 2014. He hit .288/.389/.472 with five home runs in 151 plate appearances with the Cubs in 2017.
La Stella (leg) pinch hit in Friday's victory over the Brewers and recorded the eventual game-winning RBI on a bases-loaded walk. Due to his leg issue and the Cubs getting healthy La Stella had recorded just two at-bats since his last start Sept. 10, but his lack of activity did not prevent him from working the key walk Friday night. La Stella figures to continue playing sparingly, but he is seemingly healthy heading into the final week of the regular season.
La Stella is starting at second base and batting second Monday against the Pirates. La Stella is 5-for-8 with two homers and five RBI over his past two games, so Manager Joe Maddon will reward him with a third straight start at the keystone. While the 28-year-old is batting .322/.419/.575 in 52 games this season, he hasn't seen sufficiently consistent at-bats to be a reliable fantasy option. Still, he could prove to be a solid streaming choice, especially when he assumes a favorable spot in the lineup between Jon Jay and Kris Bryant.
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