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Depth Chart

 
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C. Coghlan
C. Denorfia
D. Fowler
C. Denorfia
J. Soler
C. Denorfia
K. Bryant
J. Herrera
S. Castro
A. Russell
J. Herrera
Rotation
1. J. Lester
2. J. Arrieta
3. J. Hammel
4. T. Wood
5. K. Hendricks
A. Russell
J. Herrera
A. Rizzo

DL
M. Olt
T. La Stella
M. Olt
T. Wada
D. Beeler
J. Turner
J. Grimm
N. Ramirez
M. Montero
D. Ross
W. Castillo
  Bullpen
H. Rondon (CL)
P. Strop
J. Motte
P. Coke
B. Schlitter
Z. Rosscup
G. Germen
E. Jackson
Last Updated: 04/22/2015
 
player is injured   news about this player  
 
Last Five Games
4/24 vs. CIN
D. FowlerCF
J. SolerRF
A. Rizzo1B
K. Bryant3B
C. CoghlanLF
S. CastroSS
D. RossC
J. LesterP
A. Russell2B
 
4/23 vs. PIT
C. DenorfiaLF
A. Rizzo1B
J. SolerRF
K. BryantCF
S. CastroSS
W. CastilloC
A. Russell2B
K. HendricksP
J. Herrera3B
 
4/22 vs. PIT
D. FowlerCF
J. SolerRF
A. Rizzo1B
K. Bryant3B
S. CastroSS
M. MonteroC
C. CoghlanLF
J. HammelP
A. Russell2B
 
4/20 vs. PIT
D. FowlerCF
J. SolerRF
A. Rizzo1B
K. Bryant3B
M. MonteroC
S. CastroSS
C. CoghlanLF
J. ArrietaP
J. Herrera2B
 
4/18 vs. SD
D. FowlerCF
J. SolerRF
A. Rizzo1B
K. Bryant3B
C. CoghlanLF
S. CastroSS
M. MonteroC
K. HendricksP
J. Herrera2B

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
D. FowlerCF.24214
A. Rizzo1B.34527
J. SolerRF.27329
C. CoghlanLF.23934
S. CastroSS.333211
M. MonteroC.17627
A. Alcantara2B.07701
J. Herrera3B.22605
 
Notes
  • 13 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 2 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
1 Game(s)
C. DenorfiaLF
A. Rizzo1B
J. SolerRF
K. BryantCF
S. CastroSS
W. CastilloC
A. Russell2B
J. Herrera3B
1 Game(s)
D. FowlerCF
A. Rizzo1B
J. SolerRF
C. CoghlanLF
S. CastroSS
A. Alcantara2B
D. RossC
J. Herrera3B
1 Game(s)
D. FowlerCF
J. SolerRF
A. Rizzo1B
S. CastroSS
M. Olt3B
M. SzczurLF
W. CastilloC
A. Alcantara2B
1 Game(s)
D. FowlerCF
J. SolerRF
A. Rizzo1B
K. Bryant3B
S. CastroSS
M. MonteroC
C. CoghlanLF
A. Russell2B
1 Game(s)
D. FowlerCF
A. Rizzo1B
J. SolerRF
M. MonteroC
C. CoghlanLF
S. CastroSS
A. Alcantara3B
J. Herrera2B

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Addison Russell, #22
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
4.1111010
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 4
News
Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows rookie Addison Russell is still trying to find his way at the plate in the big leagues. Which is why the skipper is not too worried about Russell's 2 for 18 start with 10 strikeouts, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"It's not just about hits, folks," said Maddon. "If anybody wants to make it just about hits, fine. But if you want to play that game, you're going to lose a lot. You've got to catch it. He's a very good baserunner and runs well. He does a lot of things to help us win games."

Miguel Montero, #47
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
14.1762270
 
Position Breakdown
C - 12
News
Cubs catcher Miguel Montero returned to the starting lineup on Saturday at Cincinnati, after David Ross handled catching duties Friday night with Jon Lester on the mound, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Montero is hitting .176 with two homers and seven RBI over 42 at-bats this season. He is 0 for 2 with a walk in his career against Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani.

Starlin Castro, #13
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
16.33372111
 
Position Breakdown
SS - 16
News
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro came up big at the plate in a game that he told reporters his team wouldn't have won that game last season or the year before.

Down 8-6 in the ninth inning, the Cubs rallied with a two-run single to left field by Castro. The go-ahead run scored on a Welington Castillo ground out in the ninth. Chicago was 0-79 when trailing in the ninth inning in 2014.

"Talking with [Chris] Coghlan, [we said] we wouldn't win that game last year or the year before," Castro said, per MLB.com. "We quit [last year]. If we were losing after seven innings, we quit. Now, we never quit. If we get extra innings, we play hard, we never quit."

Castro also launched a solo home run in the sixth inning and finished 3 for 5, improving his batting average to .352 on the year.

Tsuyoshi Wada, #18
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
000.00.0000
 
Injuries
Groin - 15-day DL. On Triple-A rehab assignment (Updated - 4/23/15)
News
Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada allowed two run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in his second rehab start for Triple-A Iowa, according to MLB.com.

Wada, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a groin injury, added five strikeouts and four walks on 89 pitches. He is eligible to return to the team when the Cubs deem him ready.

Tommy La Stella, #11
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
2.1670001
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 1, 3B - 1
Injuries
Rib cage - 15-day DL. Out until at least late April (Updated - 4/14/15)
Jacob Turner, #38
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
000.00.0000
 
Injuries
Elbow - 60-day DL. Out until at least late May (Updated - 4/19/15)
Welington Castillo, #5
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
10.2274250
 
Position Breakdown
C - 4
Jake Arrieta, #49
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
2120.21.74419
 
Jason Hammel, #39
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1117.15.19116
 
News
Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings of work in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the Pirates Wednesday.

Hammel struggled early in the second, allowing three consecutive hits, leading to an RBI double for Francisco Cervelli. Then, Jung Ho Kang hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home another run. Hammel allowed another sacrifice fly in the third and then a home run to Gregory Polanco to lead off the fifth inning.

"It's one of those outings that leaves you scratching your head," Hammel said after the game, per MLB.com. "I thought I threw the ball well when I needed to and just got unlucky with some of the balls falling in."

Hammel, now 1-1 on the year, recorded five strikeouts with no walks in the start and boasts a 5.19 ERA. He will look to get back on track Monday against the Pirates again.

Kris Bryant, #17
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
8.3795071
 
Position Breakdown
3B - 7, OF - 3
News
The Kris Bryant Era has begun wonderfully for the Cubs, who are benefitting from his immense talent. But despite his affable nature and outward joy over his situation, those close to Bryant have suggested he was unhappy about the timing of his promotion from Triple-A Iowa, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has reported.

The two weeks Bryant spent in the minors after a dominant performance in exhibition play allowed the Cubs to add a year to his service time in Chicago. Heyman has stated that the player's union is consdering filing a grievance on his behalf in making that claim. After all, it was apparent in spring training that Bryant was ready to mash in the big leagues, which he is already doing.

Bryant slammed 43 home runs in 2014, earning Minor League Player of the Year honors in the process, then ripped nine more during the exhibition season before his demotion. He has continued to rake since joing the Cubs to the tune of a .360/.515/.520 slash line and seven RBI in just 25 at-bats. He is being pitched carefully, as his seven walks suggest.

Jason Motte, #30
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
109.05.0005
 
News
Cubs relief pitcher Edwin Jackson is slowly making the transition into a full-time reliever. With the adjustment to his game, manager Joe Maddon is noticing how well he's doing out of the bullpen, reports MLB.com.

"Jacks is starting to take to it," Maddon said. 

Jackson has  a perfect 0.00 ERA in five innings of work this season with three strikeouts and no walks. Maddon noted he hasn't used Jackson anymore than he normally would have and it has nothing to do with the struggles of Brian Schlitter and Jason Motte.

"I'm not saying you're not going to see Schlitter or Motte," Maddon said. "You always kind of like when it first starts out, you play it like it was first drawn up and don't try to make too many adjustments too soon until you need to try something differently. More than anything, I think Jackson has earned the right or opportunity to pitch in more opportune moments or more difficult moments for him."

Hector Rondon, #56
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
109.02.0037
 
Jorge Soler, #68
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
16.2739290
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 16
News
Cubs manager Joe Maddon wants to keep his players fresh this year. One of his most important players, Jorge Soler, has been taking advantage of days off and rains out to keep extra stress off his legs, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Soler played just 86 games in 2014 while battling hamstring injuries in both legs.

"With the season in progress, I definitely want to be able to rest these guys at an opportune moment," Maddon said. "But for right now, based on the schedules, the frequent off-days at this moment, I think he's OK.

"I do listen. If the trainers suggest he might need a day (off), I definitely would do it."

Brian Schlitter, #63
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
025.29.5304
 
Dallas Beeler, #32
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
000.00.0000
 
Injuries
Shoulder - 15-day DL. Out until at least late April (Updated - 4/21/15)
Chris Coghlan, #8
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
16.2395341
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 1, 3B - 1, OF - 15
David Ross, #3
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
9.1540030
 
Position Breakdown
C - 4
News
Cubs third-string catcher David Ross got a rare start in Friday's game at Cincinnati. Ross was listed seventh in the order, getting just his fourth start of the season, matching the total of Welington Castillo. Miguel Montero has eight starts behind the plate. 

The Cubs are -110 money line favorites at Cincinnati. 

Dexter Fowler, #24
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
15.24211144
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 15
News
Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler returned to the Cubs lineup after missing his first start of the season.

Fowler left Wednesday's game with a groin injury and sat out Thursday. He returned to center and the leadoff spot in the order on Friday. 

The Cubs are -110 money line favorites at Cincinnati. 

Gonzalez Germen, #71
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
003.10.0005
 
Pedro Strop, #46
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
007.10.00010
 
News
Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop is available to throw Sunday after being held out with a sore left foot, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Strop, who has thrown 7 1/3 scoreless innings this season, would have been available Saturday, but the contest was rained out with no make-up date scheduled yet. He has recorded 10 strikeouts with just two walks so far this season.

Zac Rosscup, #59
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
106.21.3509
 
News
Cubs pitcher Zac Rosscup is making sure he doesn't waste the opportunity he's been given this season, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The reliever has done well since being called up a week and a half ago, posting a 1.35 ERA with nine strikeouts and one walk in 6 2/3 innings.

"I have more confidence," said Rosscup. "I'm trusting my stuff. I just go out there and pitch. When I simplify everything — and (manager) Joe (Maddon) talks about it a lot, 'do simple better' — that's what's stuck with me, and that's what I'm trying to do."

Jonathan Herrera, #19
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
13.2264053
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 6, 3B - 6
Justin Grimm, #52
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
000.00.0000
 
Injuries
Forearm - 15-day DL. Out until at least late April (Updated - 4/10/15)
News
Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm was able to toss a bullpen session Wednesday in Arizona, where he is rehabbing from forearm inflammation, MLB.com reports.

Grimm, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, remains without a timetable to return to the field. Grimm posted a 5-2 record in 2014 with a 3.78 ERA in 69 innings.

Kyle Hendricks, #28
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
0015.25.74113
 
News
Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks has now sandwiched two bad outings around one good one after blowing a lead Thursday in Pittsburgh.

His team put him ahead 2-0 and 4-1. He was cruising along until a three-run sixth in which he gave up two doubles before his removal. He finished having surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings with no walks and two strikeouts. His lone blemish before the fifth came courtesy of a Sean Rodriguez home run.

Hendricks, whose ERA rose to 5.76 and has yet to register a decision in three starts, will attempt to snag his first win in another matchup against Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke next Tuesday.

Jon Lester, #34
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
0221.26.23524
 
News
Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester allowed three runs on five hits and struck out 10 in six innings of work Friday for a no-decision, remaining winless on the season.

Lester's three runs allowed came on two groundouts and a sacrifice fly.

"I'm learning," Lester said, who had spent his whole career in the American League. "New league, new faces, new guys. I'm kind of figuring them out as we go."

Lester's next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Pirates.

Anthony Rizzo, #44
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
16.34513274
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 16
News
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 4 at the plate in Chicago's 9-8 win over the Pirates Tuesday. Rizzo, who was also hit by a pitch, singled twice and scored two runs in the contest. 

Rizzo is swinging a hot bat to start the season, posting a .302/.475/.395 slash line in 43 at-bats to start the year. In five games batting from the two slot, Rizzo 6 for 19 with a home run and three RBI.

Travis Wood, #37
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1116.23.24617
 
Edwin Jackson, #36
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
105.00.0003
 
News
Cubs relief pitcher Edwin Jackson is slowly making the transition into a full-time reliever. With the adjustment to his game, manager Joe Maddon is noticing how well he's doing out of the bullpen, reports MLB.com.

"Jacks is starting to take to it," Maddon said. 

Jackson has  a perfect 0.00 ERA in five innings of work this season with three strikeouts and no walks. Maddon noted he hasn't used Jackson anymore than he normally would have and it has nothing to do with the struggles of Brian Schlitter and Jason Motte.

"I'm not saying you're not going to see Schlitter or Motte," Maddon said. "You always kind of like when it first starts out, you play it like it was first drawn up and don't try to make too many adjustments too soon until you need to try something differently. More than anything, I think Jackson has earned the right or opportunity to pitch in more opportune moments or more difficult moments for him."

Chris Denorfia, #15
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
7.3572000
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 4
Neil Ramirez, #54
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
103.03.0004
 
Injuries
Shoulder - 15-day DL. Out until at least early May (Updated - 4/17/15)
Phil Coke, #27
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
005.05.4006
 
Mike Olt, #20
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
6.1331110
 
Position Breakdown
3B - 6
Injuries
Wrist - 60-day DL. Out until at least mid-June (Updated - 4/21/15)