|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||120.10||7.00||6.00||0.00||4.11||1.25||98.00||39.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs San Francisco|| 3.1||0||0|| 2.70||0||0||3|
|vs LHB|| 27.0||0||0|| 4.67||0||6||24|
|vs RHB|| 41.0||0||0|| 4.83||0||11||35|
|Last 10 Games|
|Carlos Villanueva picks up second save Tuesday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(8/6/14) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva gave up one hit and struck out two in a scoreless 12th inning to earn his second save in his team's 6-5 win over the Rockies.
Villanueva was called upon after closer Hector Rondon blew a save opportunity in the previous inning. He's been at the top of his game since the break, turning in 8 2/3 scoreless innings in six appearances while striking out nine and giving up five hits and one walk. Villanueva owns a 5.28 ERA and 54:16 K:BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings.
|Carlos Villanueva goes two innings during Saturday start |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(7/5/14) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva lasted just two innings Saturday against the Nationals.
Villanueva lasted 58 pitches during the appearance. He gave up four runs on five hits. Villanueva struck out two and walked one. He had been pitching in relief lately, so didn't have his normal stamina. The loss dropped Villanueva to 4-6 on the year. If he remains in the rotation, his next start would come against the Reds.
|Who is worth targeting among the Cubs' rotation hopefuls? |
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(7/5/14) Clearly, the headliners from Saturday's trade between the Cubs and Athletics were Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, and both immediately become must-owns in AL-only leagues. Their departure leaves the Cubs with two big holes to fill in their rotation, and there is no shortage of candidates to fill them.
Carlos Villanueva has replaced Samardzija for his Saturday start at the Nationals, but he is not necessarily among the candidates to fill a spot long-term. Even if he were, Villanueva has not had a sterling track record as a starter (career 4.94 ERA), so he can be passed over in virtually all Fantasy formats.
Then there is Dan Straily, who was acquired from the A's as part of the return for Samardzija and Hammel. He will report to Triple-A Iowa, but according to CSNChicago.com, he could be up with the big club soon. Because of his strikeout potential, Straily is worth stashing in NL-only leagues. He has a Jake Odorizzi-like skill set -- complete with shaky control and a high flyball rate -- but without a pitcher's park like Tropicana Field (or his former home of O.co Coliseum) to come home to, there may be little respite from home runs.
A better risk than Straily is Tsuyoshi Wada, who has already been announced as Tuesday's starter at the Reds. He has similar strikeout potential to Straily but with fewer control issues and slightly less pronounced flyball tendencies. He is worth pursuing in some deeper mixed leagues, as well as in NL-only formats.
Chris Rusin, just called up for bullpen duty, Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks will also be in the mix, according to ESPN.com, but none has appeal outside of deeper NL-only leagues. With so much competition for two open spots, none of those three are really worth the trouble of expending FAAB dollars or a waiver priority.
|Carlos Villanueva set to start Saturday against Nationals. |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(7/5/14) Right-hander Carlos Villanueva has officially been announced as the Saturday starter for the Cubs in Washington.
Villanueva has performed well in relief recently aside from his last performance. He had previously pitched 9 1/3 scoreless innings, but still owns a disturbing 5.91 ERA on the year.
|Carlos Villanueva gets another relief win |
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(7/2/14) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva picked up a relief win Wednesday night against Red Sox in Boston.
Villanueva allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out two over two innings of relief in a 16-9 victory. He owns a 5.91 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP over 45 2/3 innings.
|Already accustomed to bouncing between the starting rotation and bullpen, Carlos Villanueva began 2013 as a starter and performed well in the role, compiling a 3.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings over his first seven starts. But after an ugly performance on May 14, he was bumped to the bullpen, the victim of Matt Garza's return from the DL. Eventually, the Cubs traded enough of their starting pitchers to shift Villanueva back to the rotation, but he wasn't as effective then and ended up spending most of the last two months in the bullpen. The Cubs still don't have the deepest collection of starting pitchers, as was evident when Jake Arrieta went down with a tight shoulder prior to spring training, so at least at the beginning of 2014, Villanueva figures to have a starting job again. Outside of deeper Head-to-Head points leagues, where his relief pitcher eligibility comes in handy, he's not so worth drafting, though.
(Updated 3/17/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|8/22/14||BAL||2:20 pm||Kevin Gausman|
|8/23/14||BAL||2:20 pm||Bud Norris|
|8/24/14||BAL||2:20 pm||Miguel Gonzalez|
|8/26/14||@ CIN||7:10 pm||Johnny Cueto|
|8/27/14||@ CIN||7:10 pm||Mat Latos|
|8/28/14||@ CIN||12:35 pm||Mike Leake|
|8/29/14||@ STL||8:15 pm||Shelby Miller|
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