Player News - Cubs

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Tyler Chatwood walked six and was charged with four runs over just 2 2/3 innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Indians.

Chatwood said after his last start when he only walked two that he thought he had figured something out, but clearly he was mistaken. He’s now issued 40 free passes over 45 2/3 innings on the season and has walked five-plus in six of nine starts. Chatwood’s saving grace is that he’s been able to avoid the longball this season, but it hurt him in this one when he served up a three-run shot to Jose Ramirez. He gets the Pirates on the road next.
May 22 - 11:15 PM
Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Ian Happ ripped a pinch-hit home run for the Cubs' lone tally Tuesday against the Indians.

Happ didn't get the start against Trevor Bauer, but he came off the bench to take Josh Tomlin deep to lead off the ninth inning. That made the score 10-1 Indians, though, and that's how it ended. Happ has now homered in three of his last four games, but it's still hard to trust him in fantasy leagues with his inconsistent playing time and all of his strikeouts.
May 22 - 11:07 PM
Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Ian Happ is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs.

The outfield for the Cubs against Trevor Bauer and the Indians will be Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora, and Ben Zobrist getting a start in right. Happ has struck out 54 times in 39 games, but still is slashing .254/.361/.509 with seven homers.
May 22 - 2:24 PM

Ben Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a homer and scored two runs on Sunday in a win over the Reds.

Zobrist also drew a walk, which helps raise his on-base percentage to .382 on the season. The homer came off of Tyler Mahle, and it was a solo shot in the fifth inning to give him two on the season. He's now slashing .290/.382/.402 to go along with the two homers and 11 RBI in 33 games.
May 20 - 4:30 PM

Brandon Morrow struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning against the Reds on Sunday.

Morrow doesn't get the save since the Cubs were up by five, but it was still a very strong outing for the Chicago stopper. His ERA now sits at 1.13 on the 2018 season, and he has a strong 0.96 WHIP with 16 strikeouts in as many innings in his first year with the Cubs.
May 20 - 4:27 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a homer on Sunday in a victory over the Reds.

Schwarber's blast gives him eight on the season, and it came off of Tyler Mahle with a runner on in the second inning. Schwarber isn't hitting for average (.248 so far in 2018), but he's getting on base at a .382 clip, and his .496 slugging percentage is solid as well.
May 20 - 4:24 PM

Javier Baez went 3-for-4 with a homer on Sunday in a win over the Reds.

The homer is the 11th of the season for Baez, and it was a solo shot off of Tyler Mahle in the second inning. The dynamic second baseman has certainly hit for power this year as seen in that number and his .565 slugging percentage, but his .268 average and .299 on-base percentage leave a lot to be desired. Expect more hits to drop for the 26-year-old, and don't expect a huge drop off in power. He's very talented.
May 20 - 4:19 PM

Yu Darvish allowed just one run on two hits while striking out seven in a 6-1 win over the Reds on Sunday.

Darvish struggled out of the gate with his command, and it didn’t look like it would be a long outing for the right-hander after he allowed a run in a laboring first. He didn’t give up a run for the rest of the game, and he kept the Cincinnati lineup off balance all afternoon. The strong start lowers Darvish’s ERA to 4.95, and the seven strikeouts give him 49 in 40 innings. He’ll be back on the bump on Sunday against the Giants.
May 20 - 4:15 PM

Cubs optioned LHP Randy Rosario to Triple-A Iowa.

Rosario threw two scoreless innings in a relief appearance Saturday in his Cubs debut. His reward is a trip back to the minors.
May 20 - 10:47 AM

Kris Bryant is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

Bryant played both legs of a doubleheader Saturday, so he'll get a breather. Ian Happ is at third base. Addison Russell is also sitting out, as Javy Baez is at shortstop and Ben Zobrist is covering second base.
May 20 - 10:38 AM

Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and a sacrifice fly in Saturday's win over the Reds in the second game of a doubleheader.

Rizzo doubled in the fifth inning, doubling the Cubs' score to boot and putting the road team up 4-0. The two-bagger was just his fourth of what's been a dreadful season to date. He's had a nice weekend series against the Reds, at least, collecting a pair of hits in Friday's win and picking up doubles in each game of Saturday's doubleheader. It's been a mostly miserable year for Rizzo -- hitting just .203/.300/.362 with six home runs and 28 RBI across 133 at-bats -- but he did miss some time with a back injury in April and hopefully this weekend series can get him going as we head toward Memorial Day.
May 19 - 11:21 PM

Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with a bases-clearing triple and four total RBI in Saturday's win over the Reds in the second game of a doubleheader.

Heyward was just activated off the concussion disabled list at the end of the week. After shaking the rust off with a pinch-hit appearance on Friday, he was back in the starting lineup on Saturday. That worked out and then some, as the outfielder came through with a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning. That was his second triple of the season. He added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. It's been a quiet season on the whole for the veteran, who owns an uninspiring .235/.316/.363 triple-slash in 31 games played. He has just two home runs and 18 RBI to his credit in that space.
May 19 - 11:18 PM

Jose Quintana tossed seven innings of one-hit, one-run baseball in Saturday's 10-0 win over the Reds in the second game of a doubleheader.

Quintana was in need of a sharp performance after surrendering three homers to the Mets last time out, and the Reds offered him the perfect rebound opponent to work on. He was brilliant throughout, at least setting aside the four walks that he issued. He struck out seven on the evening and finished his seven innings of work having thrown 101 pitches (63 strikes). Had he been a bit more economical, he could have easily pitched into the eighth or ninth inning. The Reds were not touching him. He'll try to use this as a springboard toward respectability when he brings his still-cumbersome 4.47 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into a home date with the Giants next time out.
May 19 - 11:00 PM
Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Ian Happ belted a solo home run as the Cubs dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds.

Happ also doubled and tripled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 plus a walk. His solo shot off of Reds' closer Raisel Iglesias pulled the Cubs to within a run at 4-3 in the eighth inning. With his three-hit attack Happ is now hitting .257/.341/.495 with six homers and 15 RBI on the season.
May 19 - 4:54 PM

Kyle Hendricks wasn't sharp in a no-decision against the Reds on Saturday, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits over his five-plus innings of work.

On the plus side for fantasy owners, Hendricks did fan six while issuing only two walks on the afternoon. The Reds pushed across single runs in the first and fourth innings, then broke it open with a pair in the sixth. Hendricks will look to get back in the win column when he brings a 3.40 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into Friday's start against the Giants.
May 19 - 4:54 PM


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