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Carlos Villanueva | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/28/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Carlos Villanueva will start for the Cubs on Saturday against the Nationals in Washington.
Jeff Samardzija had been the scheduled starter, but was traded to the Athletics late on Friday. The veteran right-hander owns a 5.91 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over 45 2/3 innings on the season, and is likely to be on a limited pitch count on Saturday. He should be avoided in all fantasy formats. Jul 5 - 11:36 AM

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Carlos Villanueva will be moved to the bullpen.

The Cubs will activate Jake Arrieta (shoulder) from the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Reds, so Villanueva will be bumped to the pen. It's not a big surprise, as the 30-year-old has a rough 10.42 ERA and 2.21 WHIP across 19 innings this year.
Apr 28 - 5:29 PM

Carlos Villanueva struggled again in Friday’s loss to the Brewers, surrendering five runs on 11 hits over his five frames.

He walked one and struck out one during the difficult outing. The Brewers jumped on him with a pair of runs in the first inning, then tacked on single runs in the third, fourth and fifth to complete the damage. Villanueva simply hasn’t been good enough while holding down a rotation spot for the injured Jake Arrieta, compiling a 10.42 ERA and 2.21 WHIP over 19 innings. If he gets another turn through the rotation, it would come against the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Apr 25 - 11:26 PM

Carlos Villanueva was hit hard again Sunday, giving up five runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Reds.

Villanueva did punch out seven in the outing, but it's a shallow silver lining for an otherwise ugly showing. It leaves the right-hander with a 10.93 ERA and 2.14 WHIP for the year. With Jake Arrieta nearing a return -- possibly as soon as this weekend -- Villanueva's time in the rotation is short.
Apr 20 - 7:03 PM

Carlos Villanueva was rocked for nine runs over three innings in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

Villanueva gave up 10 hits (including a home run), so nearly half of the 21 batters he faced managed to reach base. The 30-year-old has now allowed 12 runs on 20 hits in just 9 1/3 innings of work this season. Look for him to move back to the bullpen when Jake Arrieta (shoulder) comes off the disabled list. That should happen pretty soon.
Apr 12 - 6:01 PM

Carlos Villanueva held the Phillies to one run over five innings to earn the win in his first start Sunday.

Villanueva was 0-2 entering the day after taking the loss in both of his relief appearances earlier in the week. He was much better as a starter, giving up six hits while striking out three. He'll have a tougher test his next time out when the Cubs take on the Cardinals next week.
Apr 6 - 7:08 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria confirmed Saturday that Carlos Villanueva will start against the Phillies on Sunday.

Villanueva was used out of the bullpen on Monday and Wednesday, so there had been some doubt on his availability to make the start. He makes for a decent streaming option in deeper mixed and NL-only formats.
Apr 5 - 11:44 AM

Carlos Villanueva could be scratched from Sunday's scheduled start against the Phillies after appearing in relief on Monday and Wednesday.

Villanueva took the loss in both extra-innings games versus the Pirates. Because he only threw a total of 30 pitches in the two appearances, it's still possible he'll start Sunday. If the Cubs decide against it, they could call someone like Chris Rusin up.
Apr 4 - 9:02 AM

Cubs fifth starter Carlos Villanueva took his second loss in two games after giving up a run in the 16th Wednesday.

On Monday, he gave up a run in the 10th to take a 1-0 loss. Villanueva wasn't supposed to pitch in relief again tonight, but the Cubs were left with little choice. After giving up a run in his second inning of work, he's already 0-2 and he's still yet to make a start.
Apr 3 - 1:28 AM

Carlos Villanueva will be the Cubs' fifth starter to begin the season.

Villanueva didn't exactly grab the job by the throat this spring, posting a 5.60 ERA over 17 2/3 innings. Fortunately for him his competition, Chris Rusin, was even worse, and Jake Arrieta (shoulder) isn't ready to go. Villanueva's first start will be April 6.
Mar 28 - 7:26 PM

Carlos Villanueva is expected to open the season in the Cubs' rotation while Jake Arrieta (shoulder) is on the disabled list.

The versatile swingman made 15 starts for the Cubs last season, posting a 4.50 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. Arrieta has resumed throwing from a mound and shouldn't be sidelined too long, so Villanueva figures to make only a handful of starts before sliding back into a relief role.
Mar 16 - 9:43 AM

Carlos Villanueva is moving back to the bullpen.

Villanueva has had mixed results since returning to the starting rotation and will now make way for Jake Arrieta. Feel free to drop him in most fantasy leagues.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 12:04:00 PM

Carlos Villanueva allowed four runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Saturday.

Villanueva made one real mistake, which Matt Holliday lined over the left field wall for a three-run homer. In all, Villanueva gave up seven hits and a walk, striking out four. The right-hander hasn't recorded a win since his return to starting, and even without a decision he's just 2-8 on the year. He'll have a shot at some revenge when the Cardinals visit Wrigley on Friday.
Sat, Aug 10, 2013 10:39:00 PM

Carlos Villanueva gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Brewers.

Villanueva took a 5-2 lead to the sixth, but he was pulled after a one-out walk and a single that inning. James Russell replaced him and immediately gave up a game-tying homer, adding two runs to Villenueva's total. Villanueva doesn't deserve to be bumped back to the pen, but it's worth wondering if it may happen soon. The Cubs have Jake Arrieta starting game two of the doubleheader tonight, and they'll want to open up a full-time spot for him soon.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 06:24:00 PM

Carlos Villanueva yielded three runs over five innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Villanueva threw 37 pitches in the first inning, so it's impressive that he managed to make it as far as he did. The veteran right-hander struck out five and walked three in the loss and has dropped three out of four starts since rejoining the Cubs' rotation. He'll square off against the Brewers next week at home.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 12:39:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
3Rafael Lopez
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Logan Watkins
SS1Starlin Castro
2Chris Valaika
3B1Luis Valbuena
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Junior Lake
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
7Felix Doubront
8James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Kyuji Fujikawa
8Eric Jokisch
9Blake Parker
10Dan Straily
11Brian Schlitter
12Arodys Vizcaino
13Zach Rosscup