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Cubs' Jameson Taillon: Set to debut Sunday
Taillon is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Brewers.
It seemed like Taillon would be the team's No. 2 starter behind Marcus Stroman to begin the year, but it will be Justin Steele starting Saturday, followed by Taillon on Sunday. Taillon should still be a rotation mainstay all season after agreeing to a four-year, $68 million contract with the Cubs back in December. The righty posted a 3.91 ERA across 177.1 innings with the Yankees last season.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Making 2023 debut Saturday
Steele is listed as the starting pitcher for Saturday's contest against the Brewers.
It seemed like offseason acquisition Jameson Taillon would be the team's No. 2 pitcher behind Marcus Stroman to begin the year, but it will be Steele pitching the second game with Taillon set to debut Sunday. This allows the Cubs to go righty-lefty-righty with the top of their rotation. Steele had a strong 2022 with a 3.18 ERA and 126 strikeouts across 119 innings, which he'll look to build from in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Edwin Rios: Starting Saturday
Rios is starting at designated hitter and batting sixth in Saturday's game against the Brewers.
Rios did not play in Thursday's season opener, so Saturday will mark his debut with the Cubs. The 28-year-old is expected to mix in at third base along with Patrick Wisdom and Nick Madrigal, though the DH role also gives him a path to playing time. Rios posted a .793 OPS with the Dodgers last year and has shown some pop from the left side as a part-time player the past few seasons.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Tucker Barnhart: Picks up first start
Barnhart is starting at catcher and batting ninth in Saturday's game against the Brewers.
Yan Gomes started on Opening Day, but he'll head to the bench in favor of Barnhart on Saturday. The two veterans are expected to split catching duties this season. Barnhart struggled offensively this spring, however, and could be slightly behind Gomes in the pecking order at the moment. Gomes will likely bump Barnhart back to the bench Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Yan Gomes: Resting Saturday
Gomes is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.
After starting Thursday's season opener and going 0-for-4 with an RBI, Gomes will take a seat and give way to Tucker Barnhart. The two veterans are expected to split playing time all season, so it's not a surprise to see them rotate in the first two games. Gomes will likely return to the lineup Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Nick Madrigal: Making first start
Madrigal is starting at third base and batting eighth in Saturday's game against the Brewers.
Madrigal didn't play in Thursday's opener, but he'll take over at the hot corner for Patrick Wisdom on Saturday. It appears that Madrigal, Wisdom and Edwin Rios could all share time at third base this season, which could cap the fantasy value of all three players for the time being.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Patrick Wisdom: Takes a seat Saturday
Wisdom is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.
Wisdom started at third base and batted eighth on Opening Day, but he'll take a seat for the second game of the year, with Nick Madrigal taking over at the hot corner. Breaking camp, it appeared that Wisdom, Madrigal and Edwin Rios could split time at third base, and that is already the case in the early going. Manager David Ross is likely to play matchups, though one of the three could get hot and seize a larger role.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Michael Fulmer: Pitches ninth inning Thursday
Fulmer pitched a scoreless inning with one hit allowed and two strikeouts in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Brewers.
Fulmer got the ninth inning while Brad Boxberger worked the eighth, but it was a non-save situation. Still, it's a promising sign for Fulmer that he was the last reliever used on Opening Day. He figures to split closer duties with Boxberger based on spring training reports, though Fulmer may be slightly ahead at this point.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Ian Happ: Reaches three times Opening Day
Happ went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Brewers.
Dansby Swanson starred for the Cubs with three hits in his team debut, but Happ was also effective from the No. 3 spot in the lineup. The outfielder batted a career-best .271 last season, which coincided with a career-low 23.2 percent strikeout rate. If Happ continues to show improved plate discipline, including taking walks, he should be in for another strong campaign in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Dansby Swanson: Starts off hot in 2023
Swanson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored en route to a 4-0 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday.
After getting two hits in three tries against Corbin Burnes, Swanson immediately began showing why the Cubs gave him a seven-year, $177 million contract in the offseason. Despite getting off to a slow start in spring training, Swanson figures to be one of the best hitters in Chicago's lineup this year.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Marcus Stroman: Shines on Opening Day
Stroman (1-0) struck out eight batters and allowed three hits over six scoreless innings while earning the win Thursday against the Brewers.
Things looked a little dicey early on in the game for Stroman as he struggled with control issues and found himself in a bases-loaded scenario in the third inning. However, he was able to force a double-play to get out of it and cruised for another three innings. Stroman projected to be unspectacular in 2023, but a few more similar outings could put his name into fantasy relevancy.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Mark Leiter: Nabs roster spot
Leiter had his contract selected by the Cubs on Thursday.
Leiter re-signed with Chicago on a minor-league deal in early February and secured a spot on the Opening Day roster with a 1.29 ERA and 10 strikeouts across seven innings during spring training. The 32-year-old had a 3.99 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 73:25 K:BB over 67.2 innings with three saves and four holds for the Cubs last season.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Brandon Hughes: Move to IL official
Hughes (knee) was placed on the 15-day injured list Thursday, retroactive to March 27.
Hughes was sidelined for the last week of spring training with left knee soreness, and the Cubs opted for an IL stint rather than rushing him back for Opening Day. The left-hander threw a bullpen session Monday and will be eligible to be activated April 11.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Seiya Suzuki: Officially lands on injured list
Suzuki (oblique) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, retroactive to March 27.
It's an expected move from the Cubs since Suzuki went down early in spring training with a strained left oblique. The 28-year-old was cleared for limited game action late in camp, so he may require only a minimum-length stay on the shelf. Miles Mastrobuoni is starting in right field for Chicago's Opening Day matchup with Milwaukee.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Kyle Hendricks: Shifts to injured list
Hendricks (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day injured list Thursday, retroactive to March 27.
The veteran right-hander spent spring training going through his rehab program for the right shoulder capsular tear he suffered in August, so his move to the injured list to begin the season isn't a surprise. Hendricks is close to facing live batters and could begin a rehab assignment within the next few weeks.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Miles Mastrobuoni: Gets call in RF for Opening Day
Mastrobuoni is in right field and batting ninth for the Cubs on Thursday against the Brewers.
Mastrobuoni won one of the last roster spots for the Cubs but is immediately thrown into the fire. Patrick Wisdom is handling third base and Trey Mancini is in the designated hitter spot, with Edwin Rios on the bench.... See More ... See Less
Team Statistical Rankings
|S. Suzuki RF Seiya Suzuki RF||Oblique|
|K. Hendricks SP Kyle Hendricks SP||Shoulder|
|B. Hughes RP Brandon Hughes RP||Knee|
|C. Heuer RP Codi Heuer RP||Elbow|
|E. Roberts RP Ethan Roberts RP||Elbow|
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