Ortega isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Ortega has started against only seven southpaws this year, and he'll head to the bench with left-hander Ranger Suarez on the mound for the Phillies. Patrick Wisdom, Ian Happ and Alfonso Rivas will start in the outfield from left to right.
Ortega went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Ortega didn't do much aside from hitting a triple and putting up his first multi-hit game since Sep. 4, when he recorded three hits against the Pirates. He's only hitting .225 with a .712 OPS across 42 plate appearances this month and has struggled to make much of an impact across most fantasy formats, partially due to a lack of consistency at the plate. He has gone hitless in six of his 11 games during September.
Ortega is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds.
Ortega has cooled off recently after some surprisingly strong performances to start the second half, hitting .175/.230/.368 over his last 15 games. Ian Happ will slide to center field Tuesday, with Patrick Wisdom moving out to Happ's usual spot in left field and Matt Duffy taking Wisdom's place at third base.
Ortega went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Saturday's 7-6 win over Pittsburgh.
The outfielder provided a clutch hit in the Cubs' ninth-inning rally, plating Sergio Alcantara with a game-tying RBI single. Ortega was in a slump prior to Saturday, going 7-for-45 across his last 12 games before the three-hit effort. He's now slashing .299/.353/.486 with nine home runs, 30 RBI, 29 runs scored and eight stolen bases through 234 plate appearances.
Ortega is on the bench for Friday's game against the Pirates, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Ortega went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI on Thursday, raising his average to .175 with three home runs and 10 RBI in the last 10 games. Michael Hermosillo is playing center field and batting leadoff Friday.
Ortega went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in a 6-5 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Acting as the leadoff hitter, Ortega slugged his ninth home run of the year to tie the game in the seventh inning. The 30-year-old outfielder continues his career-best season, slashing .293/.350/.481 across 213 at-bats.
Ortega went 1-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk in Saturday's 7-0 victory versus the White Sox.
Ortega broke open what had been a two-run game with a fourth-inning grand slam off Lance Lynn. The long ball was his second in the past four games and pushed his total to eight on the season. Ortega is enjoying his strongest big-league campaign, slashing .297/.357/.479 across 211 plate appearances.
Ortega will be on the bench Friday against the White Sox.
The 30-year-old still owns a surprisingly strong .298/.356/.458 slash line through 72 games this season, though he's gone cold at the plate over his last six games, grabbing just two hits. Michael Hermosillo starts in center field in his absence.
Ortega went 1-for-5 with a stolen base in Game 2 against the Rockies on Wednesday night.
Ortega swiped home as part of a double steal that gave the Cubs a 5-2 lead in the second inning. It was the eighth stolen base (13 attempts) this season for Ortega, who is hitting just .204 over his last 15 games.
Ortega went 1-for-4 with a walk, a two-run home and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Rockies.
Ortega's seventh home run of the year was of the walkoff variety, as he took Daniel Bard deep in the bottom of the ninth inning with a runner on to give the Cubs a 6-4 win. Ortega has excelled for Chicago, slashing .306/.365/.483 across 70 games. The sample size looks large enough to think that the 30-year-old has earned a role heading into 2022 after being something of a journeyman before this season.
Ortega went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Reds.
Ortega has settled in as a solid leadoff hitter for the Cubs, as he's now slashing .329/.389/.506 across 66 games this season. The 30-year-old outfielder hadn't been able to find sustained success at the MLB level before this year, but he's making a strong case to be a part of Chicago's plans in 2022.
Ortega will sit Monday against the Reds.
The 30-year-old journeyman has been a rare bright spot in Wrigleyville this season, emerging from obscurity to hit .327/.382/.506 in 63 games. Johneshwy Fargas will take his place in center field Monday.
Ortega is not in the lineup Friday against the Marlins.
Ortega started the past 16 games and hit a blistering .421/.476/.684 with four home runs, 10 RBI, 11 runs and four stolen bases during that stretch, and he'll receive a well-earned day off in Miami. Johneshwy Fargas will take over in center field for the Cubs in the series opener.
Ortega went 3-for-4 in a 4-2 loss to the Brewers during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
The 30-year-old did his job as the leadoff hitter, but the depleted Chicago lineup behind him couldn't bring him around to score. Ortega has started 13 straight games and produced multi-hit performances in seven of them, batting a blistering .428 (21-for-49) over that stretch with three doubles, four homers, three steals, nine RBI and 11 runs.
Ortega went 2-for-4 with a stolen base Sunday in the Cubs' 9-3 loss to the White Sox.
The 30-year-old journeyman outfielder probably won't be a cornerstone piece for the Cubs as they embark on a rebuild, but he's been a nice find off the scrap heap in an otherwise disappointing season for the North Siders. Since getting his minor-league contract selected from Triple-A Iowa in late May, Ortega has gone from serving as a lightly used fourth or fifth outfielder to playing everyday as the Cubs' leadoff man. With an incredible .394/.449/.662 slash line to go with four home runs and four steals since the All-Star break, Ortega has given manager David Ross no reason to move him off the table-setting role.
Ortega went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk Thursday against the Rockies.
Ortega extended his hitting streak to seven games, four of which have been multi-hit efforts. He's also slugged four home runs in that stretch -- three came in one game -- to go along with nine RBI and 10 runs scored. Ortega has served as the team's primary leadoff hitter since July 21 and should be locked into regular playing time until the close of the campaign.
Ortega went 4-for-4 with three home runs and five RBI in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.
Ortega had himself a career day, as he drove in all of the Cubs' runs in the 6-5 defeat. The outfielder has emerged with a regular role, and with Chicago trading away Kris Bryant and Jake Marisnick before the deadline, Ortega should have an even firmer grip on playing time. He has six home runs and a .918 OPS through 50 games and is worth fantasy attention while he plays at a high level as a starter.
Ortega went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, a second run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Nationals.
Getting the start in center field and hitting in the leadoff spot, Ortega capped a four-run fourth for the Cubs with his blast off Joe Ross. The 30-year-old outfielder has been on a tear since the All-Star break, slashing .378/.429/.578 through 16 games, and he should remain a lineup regular over the final two months despite his career .623 OPS in 565 big-league plate appearances given the Cubs' lack of credible options right now.
Ortega went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, an RBI and two strikeouts in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Nationals.
The 30-year-old had been splitting time with Ian Happ in the outfield recently, but he could see more regular playing time after Kris Bryant was traded to the Giants on Friday. Ortega has reached base safely in each of the last four games, and he's gone 5-for-14 with two doubles, three runs, an RBI and two walks during that time.
Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Ortega will sit for the first time since July 18, ending a streak of six straight starts during which he went 7-for-19 with a triple, a walk, an RBI and a stolen base. He appears to have worked his way into a timeshare in the outfield with Ian Happ, but both players will head to the bench Sunday with a lefty (Caleb Smith) on the hill for Arizona.
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|2018||AAA-New Orleans Baby Cak||92||280||51||77||10||10||2||28||44||31||12||1||.275||.375||.404|