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Stadium: Wrigley Field | Manager: Rick Renteria

Depth Chart

 
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C. Coghlan
M. Szczur
L. Watkins
A. Alcantara
M. Szczur
L. Watkins
J. Soler
M. Szczur
L. Watkins
L. Valbuena
C. Valaika
L. Watkins
S. Castro
J. Baez
A. Alcantara
Rotation
1. J. Arrieta
2. T. Wada
3. T. Wood
4. K. Hendricks
5. J. Turner
6. F. Doubront
J. Baez
A. Alcantara
L. Valbuena
C. Valaika
L. Watkins
A. Rizzo
C. Valaika
L. Watkins

DL
J. Ruggiano
J. Ruggiano
R. Sweeney
J. Ruggiano
R. Sweeney
E. Jackson
J. McDonald
W. Castillo
J. Baker
  Bullpen
H. Rondon (CL)
P. Strop
N. Ramirez
W. Wright
J. Grimm
K. Fujikawa
Z. Rosscup
C. Villanueva
Last Updated: 08/29/2014
 
player is injured   news about this player  
 
Last Five Games
8/29 vs. STL
C. CoghlanLF
J. Baez2B
S. CastroSS
L. Valbuena3B
J. SolerRF
W. CastilloC
A. AlcantaraCF
C. Valaika1B
K. HendricksP
 
8/28 vs. CIN
C. CoghlanLF
J. Baez2B
S. CastroSS
L. Valbuena3B
J. SolerRF
A. AlcantaraCF
C. Valaika1B
J. BakerC
J. ArrietaP
 
8/27 vs. CIN
C. CoghlanLF
J. Baez2B
S. CastroSS
L. Valbuena3B
J. SolerRF
W. CastilloC
A. AlcantaraCF
C. Valaika1B
J. TurnerP
 
8/26 vs. CIN
C. CoghlanLF
J. Baez2B
A. Rizzo1B
S. CastroSS
L. Valbuena3B
R. SweeneyRF
A. AlcantaraCF
W. CastilloC
T. WoodP
 
8/24 vs. BAL
C. CoghlanLF
J. BaezSS
A. Rizzo1B
L. Valbuena3B
W. CastilloC
A. AlcantaraCF
L. Watkins2B
M. SzczurRF
T. WadaP

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
E. Bonifacio2B.283220
J. LakeCF.216925
A. Rizzo1B.2783071
S. CastroSS.2871364
L. Valbuena3B.2421343
N. SchierholtzRF.190633
C. CoghlanLF.269626
J. BakerC.203013
 
Notes
  • 106 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 4 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
4 Game(s)
C. CoghlanLF
J. Baez2B
A. Rizzo1B
S. CastroSS
L. Valbuena3B
A. AlcantaraCF
J. RuggianoRF
W. CastilloC
3 Game(s)
C. CoghlanLF
R. SweeneyCF
A. Rizzo1B
S. CastroSS
L. Valbuena3B
N. SchierholtzRF
J. BakerC
D. Barney2B
2 Game(s)
C. CoghlanLF
J. RuggianoCF
A. Rizzo1B
S. CastroSS
L. Valbuena3B
N. SchierholtzRF
J. BakerC
D. Barney2B
2 Game(s)
E. BonifacioCF
J. LakeLF
A. Rizzo1B
S. CastroSS
M. Olt3B
W. CastilloC
N. SchierholtzRF
D. Barney2B
2 Game(s)
C. CoghlanLF
A. Alcantara2B
A. Rizzo1B
S. CastroSS
L. Valbuena3B
J. RuggianoCF
R. SweeneyRF
W. CastilloC

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Baker, #12
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
1.20380130
 
Position Breakdown
C - 48
Starlin Castro, #13
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
129.2875413644
 
Position Breakdown
SS - 128
News
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds, after being away from the team for nearly a week while on the bereavement leave list. He is starting at shortstop and batting cleanup Tuesday. 
Tsuyoshi Wada, #67
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
4145.22.561141
 
News
I've discussed previously why Tsuyoshi Wada has flown under the radar for so long. He was older and less hyped than Wei-Yin Chen when the Orioles signed both prior to 2012, and then he needed Tommy John surgery right away.

But now that he's done what he's done for a solid eight starts (or seven, anyway -- one of the earliest wasn't so great), he needs to be front and center.

Is he must-start or even must-own? No, but 50 percent ownership is Justin Masterson territory. Wada is owned in fewer leagues than Taijuan Walker, who hasn't pitched in the majors since July 23 and may not get another start this season.

And that's coming off a no-hit bid against the Orioles last time out.

I don't even want to use the limited strikeout potential as an excuse anymore because he's averaging 8.3 per nine innings in his last six starts. Alongside 1.5 walks per nine during that same stretch, the Hisashi Iwakuma comparisons gain traction.

Where Wada falls short is innings. He's only gone seven once, which further limits his wins potential. But as efficient as he is, that could change in the weeks ahead, and even if it doesn't, is he really less reliable than someone like Tim Hudson, who's still owned in 87 percent of leagues?

Felix Doubront, #22
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
2459.16.072643
 
News
 Cubs pitcher Felix Doubront will start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, according to ESPN.com Friday.

Doubront, who is working his way back from a calf injury suffered just after his acquisition from the Red Sox, finished his rehab assignment last week at Double-A Tennessee. He allowed nine runs in 14 innings overall while on assignment, and it is not clear if the team intends to keep him in the rotation moving forward.  

Jacob Turner, #38
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
4886.15.842556
 
News
Cubs pitcher Jacob Turner took a loss Wednesday, giving up six runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 7-5 defeat against the Reds.

Turner (4-8) surrendered a pair of runs in the second inning before getting knocked around in the fourth, exiting that inning after a pair of errors by infielders. He owns a 5.84 ERA and 56:25 K:BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings. Turner is scheduled to face the Brewers Monday

Welington Castillo, #5
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
89.2312210340
 
Position Breakdown
C - 85
Jake Arrieta, #49
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
75128.12.8836135
 
News
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta struggled through one of his worst starts of the season Thursday, in a 7-2 loss to the Reds.

Arrieta, who had allowed two or fewer runs in five of his previous six starts, was tagged for six before being chased after four innings of work this time around. He allowed six hits and walked four batters, though he also struck out eight on 96 pitches in the loss.

Arrieta's ERA rose a quarter of a run with Thursday's outing, though it still stands at a very respectable 2.88 through 128 1/3 innings. He carries a 7-5 record into his next start, set for Tuesday against the Brewers. 

Hector Rondon, #56
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
3452.12.752255
 
News
Cubs closer Hector Rondon saved his 22nd game Tuesday against the Reds. 

Rondon entered with a three-run lead, and was able to shut the door without any issues. He tossed a perfect inning, notching one strikeout. He threw 13 pitches during the outing, eight of which were strikes. Rondon lowered his ERA to 2.75.

Jorge Soler, #68
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
3.6363360
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 3
News
As much as I wrote about Jorge Soler leading up to his promotion and the day it actually came, I'm at risk of beating a dead horse here, but now that he has a couple 2-for-4 games under his belt, I feel the need to reiterate: You want him in Fantasy.

Maybe in shallower leagues where every team starts just three outfielders and half the owners checked out at the All-Star break, allowing you to build up incomparable depth at the position, OK, you can let him go, but the impact he could make for you this time of year is worth the risk of him sputtering like so many of the high-profile hitter prospects who came before him this year.

And aside from George Springer, I'm not sure any of those prospects was as prepared for his promotion as Soler. True, he ascended the ladder quickly, collecting just 175 at-bats above high Class A, but he was no average minor-leaguer, having played at the highest level of Cuba. Once it clicked for him after a two-year adjustment period, the minor leagues couldn't hold him back. In terms of batting average, slugging percentage and OPS, he was neck-and-neck with Kris Bryant at the time of his promotion.

And unlike Springer, Jon Singleton, Javier Baez, his success wasn't accompanied by a worrisome strikeout rate. He'll strike out his fair share, like any young slugger, but it won't be the impediment it's been for them.

Chris Coghlan, #8
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
97.267376265
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 76, DH - 1
News
 Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan was tossed from Thursday's game against the Reds, for arguing balls and strikes.

Coghlan struck out looking in the fifth inning and was ejected by home place umpire Ben May for arguing with the call. He finished the game 0 for 2 with two strikeouts and one walk. 

Pedro Strop, #46
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2451.22.26258
 
Justin Ruggiano, #20
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
81.281296282
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 57
Injuries
Ankle - 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-September (Updated - 8/27/14)
News
Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano will miss the rest of the year due to season-ending ankle surgery, according to the  Chicago Tribune

Ruggiano has been sidelined since August 22 due to the issue. He met with a specialist recently, and surgery was recommended. 

Logan Watkins, #45
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
7.3853030
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 3
News
Cubs infielder Logan Watkins is on his way back up to the majors Wednesday.

Watkins has received 10 at-bats in the majors this season. Watkins has hit .256/.327/.364 over 324 at-bats in Triple-A.

Zac Rosscup, #59
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
008.16.48011
 
Luis Valbuena, #24
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
123.2425014441
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 21, 3B - 99, DH - 1
News
Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 7-5 loss to the Reds Wednesday.

Valbuena scored the first run of the game with his second-inning home run, which was immediately followed by another home run by outfielder Jorge Soler in his major-league debut. Valbuena has hit .241/.322/.428 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 381 at-bats.

Matt Szczur, #41
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
11.1761000
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 9
Justin Grimm, #52
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
4259.13.94062
 
Kyle Hendricks, #28
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
5156.21.911234
 
News
Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks turned in a quality start Friday against the Cardinals.

Hendricks allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. Hendricks allowed both his runs early, but managed to settle in. In the first inning, Hendricks led things off with a single, walk and run-scoring single to the first three hitters he faced. Another run came in to score on a single later in the inning. Hendricks managed to get it together over the rest of the start. He threw five scoreless innings before leaving the game. Hendricks threw 89 pitches during the start. 

The Cubs battled back, giving Hendricks a no-decision. He’ll take on the Brewers in his next start. 

Anthony Rizzo, #44
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
129.2788130714
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 129
Injuries
Back - Questionable for Aug. 30 at St. Louis (Updated - 8/29/14)
News
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out of the starting lineup yet again Friday against the Cardinals, as he continues to deal with a back injury.

Rizzo was hoping to return Friday, but the injury instead cost him his third game in a row. He has not played since suffering the injury during a rain delay Tuesday.  

Travis Wood, #37
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
811156.14.7267131
 
News
Cubs pitcher Travis Wood turned in a strong start Tuesday against the Reds. 

Wood allowed two hits over six scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Wood was never really threatened during the start, as none of his base-runners wound up advancing past first. Wood gave up a single in the first inning, but then set the next 10 Reds hitters down. A walk broke up that streak, but didn’t throw Wood off his game. He gave up another single in the fifth inning, but struck out Johnny Cueto to end any possible threat. Wood threw 96 pitches during the start. 

With the win, Wood improved to 8-11. He’ll take on the Cardinals in his next start.

James McDonald, #55
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
000.00.0000
 
Injuries
Shoulder - 60-day DL. Out until at least mid-August (Updated - 8/1/14)
Arismendy Alcantara, #7
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
45.227216187
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 16, OF - 30
Edwin Jackson, #36
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
614139.06.0961123
 
Injuries
Lat - 15-day DL. Out until at least early September (Updated - 8/21/14)
Carlos Villanueva, #33
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
5670.14.61264
 
Chris Valaika, #4
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
21.1704160
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 5, 2B - 4, SS - 1, 3B - 6
Neil Ramirez, #54
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2134.11.05344
 
Kyuji Fujikawa, #11
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
007.11.2308
 
Ryan Sweeney, #6
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
77.251223200
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 56, DH - 2
Injuries
Hamstring - 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-September (Updated - 8/27/14)
News
Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney has been placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.

Sweeney left Tuesday's game due to a hamstring issue. The injury will keep him out for at least two weeks, as the team placed Sweeney on the DL Wednesday. Sweeney is hitting .251 over 207 at-bats. 

Javier Baez, #9
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
24.192147151
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 19, SS - 6
News
The Cubs' callup of Jorge Soler has created instant Fantasy buzz, as he has become one of the five most-added outfielders in CBSSports.com leagues. He now boasts a 45 percent ownership rate, and it could -- and should -- rise even higher.

After missing much of the season's first half with a hamstring injury, Soler took both Double-A and Triple-A by storm, slugging .862 at the former level and .618 at the latter. In terms of sheer power, he may fall a little short of the standard set by teammate Javier Baez, but not by much. Soler should certainly demonstrate better contact skills than Baez and hit for a much higher average, at least in the .260s.

With Baez being shortstop-eligible, it's hardly a fair comparison, but it's completely fair to compare Soler with White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, who has been doing some nice work just across town. Garcia may not be able to sustain the power surge he has produced since returning from the disabled list, but I would have much more confidence in Soler putting up something close to the .483 slugging percentage Garcia currently owns over the rest of this season. Soler can also draw walks, so he could outdo Garcia in on-base percentage, even though I expect Garcia to post the higher batting average.

Because Garcia has more batting average upside and something of a major league track record, limited as it is, I have him ranked just ahead of Soler in both Head-to-Head and Rotisserie formats. That places Soler among the top 50 outfielders in both formats. While that clearly makes him viable in 12-team mixed Roto leagues, it leaves him as more of a borderline option in 12-team mixed Head-to-Head leagues. Maybe he doesn't make the cut for one of your three outfielder spots in those formats, but you could do worse in filling out your utility slot.

Wesley Wright, #53
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
0242.22.32035