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40 James Russell RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/200 | Birthdate: 1/8/1986 | Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Chicago | College: Texas | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $1,075,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 587.50
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Projections
TimeframeIPWLSVERAWHIPKBBI
2014 Season (CBSSports.com)63.103.004.001.003.701.2845.0018.00
 
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
30.10-112.672215
 
Games Played By Position
YearC1B2B3BSSOFDHSPRP
20140000000041
20130000000074
 
Injury Report
No Injury Reported
More Injuries
 
Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs St. Louis 2.200 0.00011
vs LHB 14.000 3.860611
vs RHB 16.100 1.650911
 
Recent Trades
DateTradedTraded For
07/21/2014Stephen Piscotty, 3B STL
James Russell, RP CHC
Jayson Werth, RF WAS
07/16/2014Matt Holliday, LF STL
Mark Melancon, RP PIT
Mike Leake, SP CIN
Travis Wood, SP CHC
Chris Coghlan, LF CHC
Jesse Hahn, SP SD
Jayson Werth, RF WAS
James Russell, RP CHC
Doug Fister, SP WAS
07/15/2014Mark Ellis, 2B STL
Huston Street, RP LAA
Jaime Garcia, SP STL
Everth Cabrera, SS SD
James Russell, RP CHC
 
Last 10 Games
DateOppWLSVIPHAERBBAKs
6/25CIN0001.20011
6/28WAS0001.01000
7/2@BOS0001.12101
7/7@CIN0001.01211
7/10@CIN0001.00011
7/12ATL0002.00010
7/18@ARI0000.01100
7/20@ARI0000.02000
7/23SD0001.00010
7/24SD0001.00010
 
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Latest News
Cubs' closer situation gets all the more confusing
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/14) Wondering why James Russell got the save in the Cubs' extra-inning win over the Marlins Monday? Yeah, so am I.

Hector Rondon, who has been the closer most of the year, returned from a nine-day absence for an elbow injury with a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit and one walk, but the Cubs clearly didn't reserve him for a save situation, as the road team normally would its closer in an extra-inning game.

So then, they must have been reserving Neil Ramirez, right? After all, he got the save opportunities in Rondon's absence and has the more impressive numbers between the two, leading CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman to suggest on Monday's Fantasy Baseball Today that he may be more than just an injury fill-in.

But when the save opportunity came in the bottom of the 13th inning, it wasn't Ramirez who got the call, but Russell. Ramirez was well rested, too, having thrown just 11 pitches Sunday after sitting out Saturday.

Of course, the Cubs have been extra cautious with Ramirez's workload so far, which may be all there is to it. I still think he's the Cubs' reliever to own here, with Rondon a close second. Hopefully, we'll have some clarity soon.

James Russell makes quick work for first save of season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/17/14) Cubs reliever James Russell made quick work of the Marlins in extras to secure is first save of the season on Monday.

Russell needed only nine pitches to close out a 5-4 win for the Cubs. He owns a 2.45 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 18 1/3 innings of relief.
James Russell not getting as much work
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/6/14) Cubs reliever James Russell, who averaged 75.5 appearances the past two years, has only been used 11 times this season. The lefty is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.

"It's a little different," Russell told MLB.com. "We haven't really been playing many teams that have a lot of lineups set up to where I can get extended work. It's just one of those things. It happens. I haven't really talked to them about it. I figure if there's a problem, they'd come to me and tell me."

Russell said he felt arm fatigue this spring but feels fine now. "My body feels great, everything feels good," he said. "It's kind of luck of the draw."

Fellow lefty Wesley Wright has cut into Russell's work, posting a 1.86 ERA in 10 games.

James Russell surrenders home run in spring debut
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/13/14) Cubs pitcher James Russell made his spring debut Wednesday, giving up a solo home run and recording one strikeout in one inning in his team's game against the Mariners.

Russell has dealt with a dead arm this spring, pushing back his first spring appearance to mid-March. He went 1-6 with a 3.59 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 37:18 K:BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings last season.

James Russell on track to make spring debut Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/14) Cubs reliever James Russell (arm) is on track to make his spring debut Wednesday against the Mariners, per MLB.com.
 
 
 

 
Upcoming 7 Games
DateOppTimeScheduled Starter
7/25/14STL4:05 pmJoe Kelly
7/26/14STL4:05 pmShelby Miller
7/27/14STL2:20 pmAdam Wainwright
7/28/14COL8:05 pmEddie Butler
7/29/14COL8:05 pmJorge De La Rosa
7/30/14COL8:05 pmBrett Anderson
7/31/14COL2:20 pmTyler Matzek
= probable start
Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2010CHC11 4.965700002 49.05537271141142
2011CHC16 4.126450002 67.27637311221443
2012CHC71 3.257700025 69.1672825512355
2013CHC16 3.597400008 52.2462121711837
2014CHC01 2.674100013 30.120109311522
Total 1015 3.78313500320 269.026413311338981199
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2010CHC57400000200 .000 .000 .000
2011CHC64801000300 .125 .125 .125
2012CHC77100000000 .000 .000 .000
2013CHC74000000000 --- --- ---
2014CHC41000000000 --- --- ---
Total 3131301000500 .077 .077 .077
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2010CHCP570826001.000
2011CHCP645123811 .917
2012CHCP7701019001.000
2013CHCP7401248011.000
2014CHCP410523001.000
Total  313547123412 .979
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
2010CHC04067 0.6431102 .279219 12.9 .4972
2011CHC46691 0.7853201 .286292 12.2 .4922
2012CHC76779 0.9472111 .255292 11.8 .4183
2013CHC63973 0.5665301 .238214 11.1 .4408
2014CHC23039 0.7731000 .187127 10.7 .3082
Total 19242349 0.742412715 .2571144 11.8 .44517
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2007 A-Peoria00 0.0022000 7.03000049
2007 R-Cubs00 0.0011000 2.00000002
2008 AA-Tennessee48 6.361817000 86.111164611862562
2008 A-Daytona22 3.5188000 41.0361816401324
2009AAA-Iowa33 3.46267000 65.0712525601946
2009AA-Tennessee23 5.11115000 37.045242151926
2010AAA-Iowa Cubs00 5.7350000 11.0117751410
 
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