Player News - Cubs

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Willson Contreras clubbed his 11th home run as the Cubs fell to the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

His solo shot came off of Seung Hwan Oh in the ninth inning, but only pulled the Cubs to within six runs. Contreras finished the afternoon 2-for-4. The hard-hitting backstop has had a terrific rookie campaign, slashing .270/.346/.473 with 11 homers and 32 RBI. His 11 home runs lead all rookie catchers in the National League.
Sep 24 - 4:43 PM

Jason Hammel was clobbered in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals, surrendering six runs on six hits over his 2 1/3 innings.

The right-hander walked one and struck out two on the miserable afternoon. The Cardinals got to him early and often in this one, striking for four runs in the first frame and then adding on a run in each of the next two innings. Hammel is unlikely to be used in the postseason rotation and could be pitching his way off of the roster altogether for the NLDS. He'll try to get back on track on Friday when he takes on the Reds in Cincinnati.
Sep 24 - 4:40 PM

Jorge Soler returned to the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

Soler has been held out of the lineup since experiencing tightness in his side last Friday. He's getting the start in left field and will bat seventh against Alex Reyes and the Cardinals on Saturday.
Sep 24 - 10:14 AM

Jorge Soler (side) struck out as a pinch hitter in Friday afternoon's victory over the Cardinals.

He was forced to leave last Friday's game due to tightness in his side and hasn't appeared in the starting lineup since. He's expected to return at some point this weekend.
Sep 24 - 8:46 AM

Jake Arrieta dominated the Cardinals on Friday, striking out 10 across seven shutout innings in a 5-0 victory.

Arrieta walked just one batter while yielding only five singles on the day, as the Cards had just one player get to second base on him. The right-hander had been less than stellar of late, so obviously this was an encouraging performance as the Cubs look to fine-tune things heading into the postseason. Arrieta will bring a 2.85 ERA into Pittsburgh next week.
Sep 23 - 5:44 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and run scored in Friday's win over the Cardinals.

The RBI two-bagger came in the middle of the Cubs' four-run first inning against Mike Leake. Rizzo has now put together a modest seven-game hitting streak, lifting his average back up top .295. He's now driven in 105 runs on the season, which beats last year's previous career high by four.
Sep 23 - 5:31 PM

Cubs activated RHP Pedro Strop from the 15-day disabled list.

Strop has been on the shelf since undergoing arthroscpic surgery on his left knee in mid-August, and he also had a setback with a strained groin. He's ready to go now, though, and should return to a setup role in short order.
Sep 23 - 12:09 PM

Willson Contreras is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

Contreras has shown signs of wearing down late in the year as catchers often do, as he's batting just .214/.303/.429 in September. He's now been on the bench for four of the last five games, as the Cubs can afford to rest weary players. Miguel Montero is catching Friday.
Sep 23 - 10:39 AM

John Lackey held the Reds to two runs in seven innings as the Cubs won 9-2 on Wednesday.

He was more efficient than dominant -- striking out four, walking one and giving up five hits on 87 pitches. Both runs came in the second inning when the Reds strung some hits together. Lackey came back after that and tossed zeroes for five more frames. He is now 10-8 with a nice 3.39 ERA in 183 1/3 innings. He missed a few starts in August due to a sore shoulder but has pitched well since returning and is seemingly healthy again.
Sep 22 - 12:57 AM

Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Reds.

He also walked. Zobrist has been in an extended slump of late. Reds pitching was just what he needed to start putting the bat on the ball again. The 35-year-old veteran owns a .267 batting average with 15 homers, 68 RBI and 88 runs scored in 499 at-bats. He makes for a shaky fantasy play as the Cubs have been resting their starters regularly after clinching a playoff berth.
Sep 22 - 12:42 AM

Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run and scored three times in a win over the Reds on Wednesday.

He registered two of his team's 15 hits on the night. The lead-off batter's home run was his 13th of the season to go with his .274 batting average, 46 RBI and 79 runs scored. He has stolen 10 bases in 14 attempts.
Sep 22 - 12:36 AM

Kyle Hendricks will be pushed back from a scheduled Saturday outing against the Cardinals to start against the Pirates on Monday

Just a little minor housekeeping for the Cubs, who are readying for a much-hyped playoff run. Hendricks was initially scheduled to start in this weekend's series versus the visiting Redbirds. Instead, it will be Jason Hammel on Saturday, with Hendricks moving to Monday.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Sep 21 - 10:05 PM

Jon Lester was brilliant again Tuesday, yielding a lone run over seven innings in a 6-1 win over the Reds.

Lester scattered six hits while striking out five and not walking a batter on the night. The win was his ninth in a row to improve him to 18-4 on the year, and the southpaw owns a sparkling 2.36 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 184/48 K/BB ratio through 30 starts. He'll continue stating his Cy Young case Monday at the Pirates.
Sep 20 - 11:46 PM

Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

The multi-hit game was just Bryant's second of the month and his first since September 3. It's not exactly how the 24-year-old would like to be hitting as the postseason approaches, but Tuesday shows that it only takes one night for him to make his presence felt. Bryant now has 35 doubles to go with 37 homers, 97 RBI, 116 runs and eight steals on the year. He should be just fine come October.
Sep 20 - 11:42 PM

Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a stolen base and two runs scored Tuesday against the Reds.

Fowler had a pair of singles, including his run-scoring single in the fourth inning that kicked off a four-run frame, and the stolen base was his 10th of the season. It's now the fourth time in his last five seasons that the 30-year-old has posted a double-double. Fowler also has 12 homers, 45 RBI and 76 runs scored to go with those 10 steals and his .272/.386/.438 line.
Sep 20 - 11:39 PM


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