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Cubs' Cole Hamels: Fires quality start in no-decision
Hamels gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five through seven innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Sunday.
Hamels cruised through the first three innings before allowing two solo home runs and an RBI in the fourth and fifth innings. He was extremely efficient, throwing 55 strikes and only needing 84 pitches to make it through seven innings. The left-hander has a 1.00 ERA over his last five outings, all of which were quality starts. Hamels will get his next opportunity Saturday against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Jason Heyward: Records three hits Sunday
Heyward went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Mets.
Heyward had a well-rounded effort Sunday, recording his second straight three-hit game and stealing his fifth base of the season. The 29-year-old is now slashing .264/.356/.424 in what's been a solid 2019 campaign so far.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Javier Baez: Hits go-ahead home run in win
Baez went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead, three-run home run in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Mets.
Baez had the key hit of the game, as he launched his 19th home run of the season in the eighth inning off of Seth Lugo with two runners on, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead for the Cubs. The dynamic 26-year-old now has 51 RBI this season in 75 games to go with a strong .874 OPS.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Pedro Strop: Registers ninth save
Strop pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to record the save in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Mets.
After allowing two runs and taking the loss in his last appearance, this was a good bounceback effort for Strop. The righty now has a 5.17 ERA and nine saves this season, though his end-game opportunities could dwindle as soon as Craig Kimbrel is deemed ready to join the MLB roster.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Craig Kimbrel: Tabbed for another rehab outing
Kimbrel is scheduled to make another rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Kimbrel pitched Friday and Saturday with Iowa, so he'll receive a couple days of rest before his next outing. The Cubs have not announced an official timeline for his return to the majors, but the veteran right-hander could seemingly rejoin the team by the end of the week if his progression continues as planned Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rowan Wick: Sent back to minors
Wick was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Wick rejoined the Cubs last weekend and allowed one unearned run on two hits with a 5:2 K:BB over 2.2 innings during his week-long stint in the majors. Tony Barnette (shoulder) was activated off the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Tony Barnette: Primed for debut with Cubs
Barnette (shoulder) was activated off the 60-day injured list Sunday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Barnette signed a one-year deal with the Cubs this offseason but has yet to pitch this season due to the right shoulder sprain. The 35-year-old had a 2.39 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 26:5 K:BB over 26.1 innings with the Rangers last season before being shut down with the shoulder injury.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Addison Russell: Not in Sunday's lineup
Russell is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.
Russell will take a seat after starting the last two games at the keystone for the Cubs. David Bote will start at second base and bat sixth in the series finale.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Not starting Sunday
Contreras is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.
Contreras started the last four contests but will get a maintenance day Sunday after going 5-for-15 with two homers in that stretch. Victor Caratini will start behind the plate and bat seventh in the series finale.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Jose Quintana: Crushed by Mets
Quintana (4-7) was handed the loss Saturday against the Mets after surrendering nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits over 4.1 innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Quintana never got comfortable Saturday and gave up at least one run in all five innings pitched, with Wilson Ramos' two-run homer in the fifth inning representing the final straw. The 30-year-old is now winless in his last nine starts and has allowed 32 runs (29 earned) with a 34:18 K:BB over 48.1 innings in that stretch. Quintana will attempt to break into the win column Friday at Cincinnati.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Tyler Chatwood: Starting Thursday
Chatwood will start Thursday's game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
He led off a piggyback with Albert Alzolay earlier this week and gave up two earned runs in four innings while recording just one strikeout. Since Alzolay will be starting Tuesday's game, it seems likely that Chatwood will have a fluid role after working as a sixth starter next week.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Adbert Alzolay: Entering rotation Tuesday
Alzolay will start Tuesday's game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Armed with a plus fastball and plus curveball, Alzolay has the tools to have success turning a lineup over a couple times. This actually may hurt his short-term fantasy value, however, as he was more likely to qualify for a win working behind an opener. The Cubs will work with a six-man rotation next week, so it remains to be seen if Alzolay will work as a true starter after Tuesday's outing.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Addison Russell: Starting again Saturday
Russell is starting at second base and batting ninth in Saturday's game against the Mets.
Before Friday's start, in which he went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, Russell had sat out the previous three games. The Cubs will see if the long ball can get the 25-year-old going, as he's slashing just .189/.256/.270 this month.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Victor Caratini: Starting at first Saturday
Caratini is starting at first base and batting seventh in Saturday's game against the Mets.
Regular first baseman Anthony Rizzo is getting his first day off since May 17, which opens up first for Caratini. The 25-year-old is slashing .290/.389/.452 in limited playing time this season.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Jason Heyward: Back in lineup Saturday
Heyward is starting in right field and batting fifth in Saturday's game against the Mets.
Heyward did not start Friday, though he did go 0-for-2 with two strikeouts after entering the contest as a defensive replacement. He'll slot back in against Mets righty Zack Wheeler. The 29-year-old outfielder is in the midst of a 4-for-24 slump, but he is 8-for-24 with two home runs in his career against Wheeler.... See More ... See Less
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