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Eddie Butler | Starting Pitcher | #33

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Radford
Drafted: 2012 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / COL
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Eddie Butler blanked the Nationals for five innings to earn a victory on Monday.
Butler might have had a chance to go six innings for the first time since his Cubs debut on May 12 -- he threw just 64 pitches -- but his spot came up with two men on in a 1-0 game in the top of the sixth and the decision was made to hit for him. It didn't work out, but it was still probably the right call in such a tight game. Butler has a 3.71 ERA while throwing a total of 43 2/3 innings in his nine starts for the Cubs. It's earned him four wins to date. Jun 26 - 11:51 PM

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Eddie Butler allowed one run over four-plus innings in his start against the Padres on Wednesday.

Butler was effective, but since it took him 92 pitches to get 12 outs, he didn't hang around long in this one. He's completed six innings just once in eight tries for the Cubs, that happening in his debut on May 12. His 4.19 ERA isn't bad, but the Cubs are going to have to try to do better.
Jun 21 - 6:30 PM

Eddie Butler struggled in a no-decision on Friday, surrendering four runs on four hits across 5 2/3 innings against the Pirates.

Butler walked three and didn't strike out a batter in this one. Josh Bell proved to be his nemesis, crushing a solo homer to get the Pirates on the board in the fifth inning, then adding a two-run triple and scoring the go-ahead run the following frame. Butler has done a decent job as an injury fill-in, registering a 4.41 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 21/18 K/BB ratio across 34 2/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Padres his next time out on Wednesday.
Jun 16 - 10:59 PM

Eddie Butler gave up three runs in five innings and was charged with a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

His former teammates greeted him with a rough first inning, plating two runs on a pair of doubles. Butler gave up a solo homer to Mark Reynolds in the fourth frame. Altogether he surrendered six hits and a walk while fanning three. He falls to 3-2 with a 4.03 ERA through six starts.
Jun 10 - 6:19 PM

Eddie Butler yielded one run in 5 2/3 innings Monday in a victory over the Marlins.

Butler was destined to be up-and-down for the Cubs, and he has, in fact, alternated good and bad outings since joining the team last month; he pitched well in his first, third and now his fifth starts. Overall, he's 3-1 with a 3.75 ERA and an 18/14 K/BB ratio in 24 innings. The Cubs are going to want to manage his innings, so it's unclear just how much time he'll spend in their rotation this summer.
Jun 6 - 12:55 AM

Eddie Butler allowed six earned runs, seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings in a loss at San Diego on Tuesday.

Butler had posted a 2-0 record and 1.93 ERA through his first three starts with the Cubs, but the wheels certainly came off on Tuesday. He has managed 13 walks with just 14 strikeouts through 18 1/3 innings across four outings and he only warrants a roster spot in the deepest of NL-only fantasy formats.
May 31 - 2:35 AM

Eddie Butler pitched five innings and allowed one run in a victory over the Giants on Thursday.

Oddly, manager Joe Maddon opted to let Butler hit in the bottom of the fifth and then pulled him to start the sixth after just 69 pitches. It makes plenty of sense to tread carefully with the 26-year-old Butler, who battled shoulder problems and was constantly mishandled by the Rockies. He'll likely be inconsistent but occasionally excellent for as long as the Cubs keep him in the rotation.
May 25 - 5:41 PM

Eddie Butler last just three innings in Friday's start against the Brewers, surrendering two runs on three hits and five walks.

The right-hander struck out three on the afternoon. Given his struggles with command, he was fortunate to escape with only two runs allowed in this one. Butler will carry a 2.00 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Giants.
May 19 - 7:53 PM

Eddie Butler blanked the Cardinals for six innings in his Cubs debut Friday.

Butler walked three and threw a wild pitch, but he gave up just two hits, both of which were singles. He struck out five. He's not likely to be particularly consistent and it doesn't help matters that the Cubs defense isn't what it was last year, but he's still not a bad roll of the dice in mixed leagues.
May 13 - 12:57 AM

Cubs recalled RHP Eddie Butler from Triple-A Iowa.

Butler will start for the Cubs on Friday night against the rival Cardinals. The 26-year-old right-hander has registered a strong 1.17 ERA in 30 2/3 innings (five starts) this season at the Triple-A level and might see multiple turns in the rotation if Brett Anderson (back) can't get healthy. Butler, a former top pitching prospect with the Rockies, carries some fantasy streaming appeal as the newest member of the defending World Series champs.
May 11 - 2:02 PM

Eddie Butler will start in place of Brett Anderson (back) on Friday.

Anderson has been moved to the 10-day disabled list, giving Butler an early opportunity in the rotation. He will do battle with the rival Cardinals in his Friday spot outing. The Cubs acquired the former top prospect from the Rockies over the winter. The 26-year-old right-hander pitched well in the spring and currently owns a 1.17 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 17/8 K/BB ratio through five starts with Triple-A Iowa.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 7:00 PM

Eddie Butler could be called up to start Friday against the Cardinals.

Monday's rainout at Coors Field put a wrench in the Cubs' plan to use a four-man rotation until Brett Anderson (back) returns from the disabled list. That could open the door for Butler, who had a nice spring and has registered a sparkling 1.17 ERA in 30 2/3 innings (five starts) this season at Triple-A Iowa. If he does get the call, it will probably only be a spot start.
May 9 - 10:22 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Eddie Butler to Triple-A Iowa.

Butler held a 3.07 ERA and 0.95 WHIP for the Cubs this spring, although he struck out just seven over 14 2/3 innings. The former top prospect will be part of Iowa's rotation.
Mar 27 - 7:34 PM

Eddie Butler allowed no runs and one hit while punching out four batters in a 4-0 win over the Dodgers on Thursday.

It was a masterful effort for the 25-year-old who was acquired in a trade with the Rockies last month. Butler improved his ERA to a sterling 2.70 in 10 spring innings. The former top prospect has a dismal 6.50 ERA in 159 1/3 career innings but that will likely improve greatly now that he has escaped Coors Field. He is slated to begin the season as a starter at Triple-A.
Mar 16 - 7:02 PM

Eddie Butler yielded one run and one hit while providing one strikeout over two innings of work Wednesday in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Royals.

Butler allowed a leadoff home run to Alcides Escobar in the first inning but settled down after that, retiring six of Kansas City’s next seven hitters. The former Rockie is a long shot to crack the Cubs’ Opening Day roster but should make a few cameos at Wrigley throughout the year. The 25-year-old should benefit from a change of scenery after posting a hideous 9.53 ERA at Coors Field last season.
Mar 1 - 7:05 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
3Jeimer Candelario
LF1Ian Happ
2Mark Zagunis
CF1Albert Almora
2Jon Jay
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Brett Anderson
6Eddie Butler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Hector Rondon
6Mike Montgomery
7Brian Duensing
8Justin Grimm
9Felix Pena