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Team W-L L10 STRK
57-45 7-3 L1
54-48 6-4 W1
41-60 7-3 L2
41-61 6-4 W3
40-62 2-8 L7

Top Cubs News

  • Cubs' Hayden Wesneski: Sent to Cubs in Effross deal

    The Cubs acquired Wesneski from the Yankees on Monday in exchange for right-handed reliever Scott Effross, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Since Effross had emerged as a key late-inning arm in 2022 and has five years of club control remaining, the non-contending Cubs opted to cash him out while his value was at its height in return for Wesneski, who was one of the top arms in the Yankees' farm system. The 2019 sixth-round draft pick has been impressive at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, churning out a 3.51 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 83:28 across 89.2 innings. The 24-year-old is expected to report to Triple-A Iowa for his new organization, but it wouldn't be surprising if he makes his MLB debut at some point later in 2022 before getting the chance to audition for a full-time spot in the Cubs rotation next spring.

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  • Cubs' Adrian Sampson: Falls apart in fourth inning

    Sampson (0-2) was handed the loss during Sunday's 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Giants, allowing four runs on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts in four innings.

    Sampson went toe-to-toe with opposing starter Carlos Rodon through three frames until falling apart with two out in the fourth, surrendering five straight baserunners and four runs before recording the third out. The 30-year-old had held the opposition to three runs or fewer in each of his last four turns and sports a quality 3.74 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 32 strikeouts in 43.1 innings across nine appearances and seven starts. He tentatively lines up to square off against Miami over the weekend.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Holder: Starts up rehab assignment

    Holder (undisclosed) made the first appearance of his rehab assignment for the Cubs' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate Saturday, striking out three while allowing no hits and one walk over two scoreless frames.

    Holder has resided on Triple-A Iowa's injured list all season and will likely make at least a few more appearances in the lower rungs of the minors before being reinstated.

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  • Cubs' Wade Miley: Another rehab outing on tap

    Miley (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday and is scheduled for a rehab start with Triple-A Iowa this week, Jordan Bastian of reports.

    Miley made his first rehab outing Friday with High-A South Bend and allowed five runs (four earned) across 2.1 innings. The veteran left-hander is set to make another start in the minors this week, which will come Wednesday if he remains on a typical five-day pitching schedule. Miley may require an additional rehab outing or two after this week since he's been sidelined over seven weeks with the shoulder injury.

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  • Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Sitting against lefty

    Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at San Francisco.

    Lefty Carlos Rodon is pitching for the Giants, so Ortega will hit the bench for the second straight game. Nelson Velazquez will start in center field for Chicago.

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  • Cubs' Yan Gomes: Sitting out series finale

    Gomes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.

    Gomes had caught three of the Cubs' last four games, but he'll take a seat in the series finale while Willson Contreras checks in behind the plate after having previously seen more opportunities at designated hitter coming out of the All-Star break. Contreras is a prime candidate to get moved ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline, so Gomes could soon have the No. 1 catcher's role all to himself.

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  • Cubs' Frank Schwindel: Takes seat Sunday

    Schwindel is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.

    The 30-year-old reached base three times Friday but finds himself on the bench for the second straight game Sunday with lefty Carlos Rodon pitching for San Francisco. Schwindel should continue to see regular playing time between first base and designated hitter, especially with Alfonso Rivas optioned to the minors.

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  • Cubs' Raynel Espinal: Traded to North Siders

    Espinal was acquired by the Cubs from the Giants on Sunday in exchange for Dixon Machado.

    Espinal joined San Francisco on a minor-league deal in February and will likely now report to Triple-A Iowa with his new organization. The right-hander has a 5.29 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 102:38 K:BB across 83.1 innings this year and is unlikely to be much of a factor for the Cubs.

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  • Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Sent to minors

    The Cubs optioned Rivas to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    He'll surrender his spot on the 26-man active roster to utility man Zach McKinstry, whom the Cubs acquired from the Dodgers on Saturday. Rivas had been serving as the Cubs' primary starting first baseman against right-handed pitching since the middle of June, but he's turned in an unremarkable .232/.313/.316 slash line across 201 plate appearances with the big club. His demotion should pave the way for Frank Schwindel to see most of the reps at the position.

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  • Cubs' David Bote: Tallies two hits Saturday

    Bote went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

    This was Bote's first multi-hit effort since July 10 and just his second of the season. The utility man has played in only 19 games this year, as the start of his campaign was delayed due to shoulder surgery and a bout of dizziness. He also missed some time after injuring his shoulder in a collision with teammate Nico Hoerner. Bote is still batting a solid .271 through 48 at-bats, and he'll look to finish 2022 healthy and playing well.

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  • Cubs' Drew Smyly: Yields five runs in loss

    Smyly (3-6) took the loss Saturday versus the Giants. He allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over four innings.

    Smyly got through the Giants' order once without giving up runs, but they got to him the second time around. In the fourth inning, he gave up back-to-back home runs to Luis Gonzalez and Joey Bart, and Smyly didn't come back out for the fifth. The southpaw has failed to complete five innings in three of his last four starts since returning from an oblique injury, though he threw 87 pitches (53 strikes) Saturday. He owns a 4.42 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 48:14 K:BB, which he'll carry into next week's projected home start versus the Marlins.

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  • Cubs' Mark Leiter: Recalled by Cubs

    Leiter was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

    Leiter was sent to the minors in mid-July but will rejoin the Cubs' bullpen after Chris Martin was traded to the Dodgers on Saturday. Over 14 appearances (four starts) in the majors this year, Leiter has posted a 5.35 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 38.2 innings.

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  • Cubs' Frank Schwindel: On bench Saturday

    Schwindel isn't starting Saturday against the Giants.

    Schwindel started the last two games and went 2-for-6 with an RBI, a walk and three strikeouts. Willson Contreras will serve as the designated hitter while Yan Gomes takes over behind the plate.

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  • Cubs' Christopher Morel: Riding pine Saturday

    Morel isn't starting Saturday against the Giants.

    Morel is getting a breather after he went 0-for-12 with two walks and three strikeouts over the last four games. David Bote will take his place at the keystone and bat ninth.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Team .244


Player Injury
K. Hendricks SP Kyle Hendricks SP Shoulder
W. Miley SP Wade Miley SP Shoulder
N. Madrigal 2B Nick Madrigal 2B Groin
A. Alzolay SP Adbert Alzolay SP Lat
A. Mills RP Alec Mills RP Back

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