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Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Not starting Sunday
Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.
Ortega is 5-for-15 with a double, two walks and a run through four games in August and will take a seat for the series finale. He started the past two games in center field, but Nelson Velazquez will receive the nod Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Not starting Game 2
Ortega isn't starting the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
Ortega went 3-for-5 with a double during the first game of Thursday's doubleheader but will head to the bench since left-hander Jose Quintana is on the mound for the nightcap. Willson Contreras is serving as the designated hitter while P.J. Higgins starts behind the plate.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Sitting against lefty
Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at San Francisco.
Lefty Carlos Rodon is pitching for the Giants, so Ortega will hit the bench for the second straight game. Nelson Velazquez will start in center field for Chicago.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: On bench against southpaw
Ortega isn't starting Thursday against the Giants.
Left-hander Alex Wood is starting for the Giants on Thursday, so Ortega is getting a day off after he went 3-for-8 with a solo home run and a stolen base over the last two games. Nelson Velazquez will start in center field and bat ninth.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Nabs eighth steal
Ortega went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Pirates.
The 31-year-old has three hits in the last two games, including a solo homer Monday, as he shows small signs of emerging from a deep slump. Ortega has only eight hits in total in July, slashing .154/.262/.269 through 19 games on the month, and what little fantasy value he's supplied has come from his legs as he's stolen three of his eight bags on the year.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Goes deep in win
Ortega went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 3-2 win over the Pirates. He was also caught stealing.
Ortega led off in this one and managed his fifth home run of the season in the third inning. The left-handed hitting outfielder is still sitting regularly against southpaws, with the likes of Christopher Morel and Nelson Velazquez gobbling up more starts on those occasions. Ortega can still deliver some fantasy value versus righties, however, as he has an .802 OPS against them since 2020.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Sitting versus lefty
Ortega will sit Sunday against the Phillies.
Ortega will get a day off as the Cubs take on left-hander Bailey Falter and the Phillies. Christopher Morel will slide into center field while David Bote takes over at second base and bats eighth versus Philadelphia.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Sitting against southpaw
Ortega will sit Sunday versus the Mets.
Ortega will take a seat as the Cubs take on left-hander David Peterson and the Mets on Sunday. Christopher Morel will slide over to center field while David Bote takes over at second base and bats eighth in the final game before the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Out against lefty once again
Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
The lefty-hitting Ortega will end up sitting for each of the final three games of the series in Los Angeles with the Dodgers bringing a left-hander to the hill on each occasion. Christopher Morel will replace Ortega in center field and as the Cubs' leadoff man Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Riding pine Friday
Ortega isn't starting Friday against the Dodgers.
Ortega has started mainly against right-handed pitchers this season, and he'll take a seat with southpaw Tyler Anderson on the mound for the Dodgers. Nelson Velazquez is starting in center field and batting eighth.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: On base thrice, swipes bag
Ortega went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk, run, two RBI and a stolen base in an 8-3 win against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Ortega singled in the first inning, walked in the third and tripled home two runs and stole home in the sixth. The 31-year-old broke out of a slump with the excellent performance -- he was 2-for-14 over his last six games -- and has now logged a steal in consecutive games.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Held out Monday
Ortega is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers.
Ortega started seven of the Cubs' last eight games, but he went just 4-for-23 (.174) over that span, so he will open Monday's game on the bench. Christopher Morel will be back atop the order for the North Siders.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Reaches twice in loss
Ortega went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and a run scored in Sunday's extra-innings loss to the Red Sox.
Ortega snapped a four-game hitless streak and gave the Cubs a boost from the leadoff spot, though the team struggled offensively as a whole in the 4-2 loss. The outfielder still sits against most lefties, but he does have some fantasy value against righties, especially when he's atop the order. Ortega has an .843 OPS versus righties since 2020, while his OPS against southpaws is just .455.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Sitting Friday
Ortega is not in the starting lineup Friday versus the Red Sox.
Ortega will get a breather Friday after going 3-for-17 with a homer, seven RBI, two runs and a stolen base over the last five games. Yan Gomes will draw the start at designated hitter and bat sixth against Boston.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Swats fourth homer
Ortega went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.
Ortega went deep off Giovanny Gallegos to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the eighth. The 31-year-old veteran has posted a solid .327/.397/.500 over the month of June and should continue to see at-bats in the top half of the Cubs lineup as Frank Schwindel (lower back) and Seiya Suzuki (finger) miss time due to injury.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Gets breather Friday
Ortega isn't starting Friday against the Cardinals.
Although right-hander Andre Pallante is starting for the Cardinals on Friday, Ortega will be held out of the lineup for a second consecutive game. Willson Contreras is serving as the designated hitter while Yan Gomes starts at catcher.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Takes seat versus lefty
Ortega is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates.
The lefty-hitting Ortega will head to the bench with a southpaw (Jose Quintana) on the mound for Pittsburgh in the series finale. Ortega, who went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, two runs and two RBI in Wednesday's 14-5 win, should continue to hold down a semi-regular role in the lineup against right-handed pitching until Seiya Suzuki (finger) is ready to return from the injured list.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Powers offense from leadoff spot
Ortega went 3-for-5 with a walk, a double, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.
The Cubs rolled 14-5, and Ortega played a key role from the leadoff spot. The outfielder is now batting .270 this season and he's been propelled by a strong month of June. Across 16 games, he's batting .333 with a home run, four RBI and five runs scored. Ortega will still generally sit against southpaws, though he's looking like a solid fantasy option against righties.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Picks up second straight start
Ortega will start in left field and bat fifth in Tuesday's game against the Pirates.
Ortega will earn a second start in a row after he was one of the Cubs' few bright spots in a 12-1 loss in the series opener Monday, when he went 2-for-4 with a walk. Though he's the Cubs' nominal top option at designated hitter, Ortega may fade into a reserve role as soon as Chicago gets Seiya Suzuki (finger) back from the injured list.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Starting Saturday
Ortega is serving as the designated hitter and batting third in Saturday's game against Atlanta.
Ortega got Friday off but will get the chance to face Atlanta righty Kyle Wright on Saturday. Over the last three seasons, the 31-year-old has an .831 OPS against righties compared to just a .475 mark versus southpaws, and he's mostly served in a platoon role this year for the Cubs.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 5-11, 160 lbs|
|Birthplace: El Tigre, Venezuela|
|Bats/Throws: L, R|