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NL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
90-69 6-4 W2
82-76 4-6 L2
81-78 4-6 L1
75-84 6-4 W1
69-90 3-7 L2

Top Cubs News

  • Cubs' Christopher Morel: Not in lineup Thursday

    Morel is absent from the lineup Thursday at Atlanta.

    Jeimer Candelario will serve as the Cubs' designated hitter with Miles Mastrobuoni playing third base. Morel, who also sat Wednesday, has gone 3-for-26 (.115) with seven strikeouts over his last seven games.

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  • Cubs' Mark Leiter: Blows save in critical loss

    Leiter allowed a run on two hits while retiring only one batter to record a blown save in Wednesday's extra-inning loss to Atlanta.

    Leiter got a crack at the ninth inning with the Cubs up 4-3, but he allowed a Marcell Ozuna home run to record his fourth blown save of the season. With regular closer Adbert Alzolay (forearm) on the injured list, Leiter has failed to step up, as he now has an ugly 9.45 ERA this month. The Cubs will likely need to turn to Julian Merryweather in save opportunities for the time being considering the magnitude of their next four games.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Reaches 20 home runs

    Happ went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two total RBI in Wednesday's 6-5, extra-inning loss to Atlanta.

    Happ and Mike Tauchman each went deep in the third inning, giving the Cubs a 3-1 lead for the moment. The former is up to 20 long balls this season, which is the third time in his seven-year MLB career that he's reached the plateau. Happ would need a remarkable finish over the final four games of the regular season to match his career best of 25 home runs, set back in 2021. He has already set a new career high with 81 RBI this year.

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  • Cubs' Mike Tauchman: Goes deep in loss

    Tauchman went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's 6-5, extra-inning loss to Atlanta.

    Tauchman went deep in the third inning, giving him eight long balls for the year. It was the veteran outfielder's first home run since Aug. 8, and he's batting only .238 this month. However, Tauchman should continue to see opportunities against righties in the last few days of the regular season as the Cubs try to secure a playoff spot.

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  • Cubs' Christopher Morel: Out of Wednesday's lineup

    Morel is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game in Atlanta.

    Morel will sit Wednesday while stuck in a 3-for-26 slump, though he did hit two solo homers during that stretch. Jeimer Candelario (back) is starting at first base in his return from the injured list while Miles Mastrobuoni mans the hot corner.

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  • Cubs' Jared Young: Returns to minors

    Young was optioned to the Arizona Complex League on Wednesday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    The 28-year-old was called up from Iowa on Sept. 19 and appeared in two games during his week in the big leagues, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run and three RBI. Young has a .792 OPS in 43 MLB plate appearances this season but was unable to keep his spot on the roster with Jeimer Candelario (back) returning from the injured list.

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  • Cubs' Jeimer Candelario: Back from injured list

    Candelario (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and will be in the lineup Wednesday against Atlanta, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    The 29-year-old has been sidelined since Sept. 11 with a back strain but is ready to rejoin the Cubs for the final five games of the regular season. Candelario was mired in a 3-for-36 slump prior to landing on the injured list and will attempt to get back on track as Chicago competes for a wild-card spot.

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  • Cubs' Justin Steele: Allows three runs in no-decision

    Steele did not factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk over 5.1 innings against Atlanta. He struck out six.

    Steele held Atlanta off the board through five innings Tuesday before surrendering three runs in the sixth. Chicago's bullpen would ultimately squander a three-run lead, leaving Steele with a no-decision. Despite a tough finish, it was a step in the right direction for the left-hander after he allowed six runs in each of his prior two outings. Steele will carry a 3.06 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 176 strikeouts into his final start of the regular season, currently scheduled for this weekend in Milwaukee.

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  • Cubs' Seiya Suzuki: Triples, drives in two Tuesday

    Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to Atlanta.

    Suzuki continued to contribute at the plate, though it was his costly error in the eighth inning that arguably stood out most on the night. The outfielder had a chance to end the bottom of the eighth inning but misplayed a routine flyball, allowing Atlanta to score twice on the play and pull ahead 7-6. Defensive mishaps don't generally impact fantasy, though Suzuki will need to shake off the blunder quickly and stay locked in offensively to help the Cubs secure a playoff spot.

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  • Cubs' Miles Mastrobuoni: Stays hot Tuesday

    Mastrobuoni went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to Atlanta.

    Mastrobuoni had eight hits over four games before hitting the bench for Sunday's contest, though he did appear as a pinch hitter. He got the start Tuesday and picked up right where he left off, pushing his batting average to an even .500 for the month. With the Cubs scrapping for a playoff spot, they may need to keep Mastrobuoni in the lineup and ride his bat while it's hot.

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  • Cubs' Cody Bellinger: Tallies three hits in loss

    Bellinger went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to Atlanta.

    All three hits were singles, but Bellinger will take it after going hitless in his previous three games. He's still batting a robust .309 this season, though that's dipped a little bit in September, albeit to a still-solid .280. The Cubs will need Bellinger to produce over the final few games if they want to advance to the playoffs.

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  • Cubs' Jeimer Candelario: Continuing baseball activities

    Candelario (back) is continuing his progression through baseball activities Tuesday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Out since Sept. 12 due to a lower-back strain, Candelario was cleared to begin working out Friday and should be able to return to the Cubs' active roster at some point before the regular season comes to an end this Sunday. He could even be activated as early as Wednesday, per Montemurro. Miles Mastrobuoni has been receiving the majority of the playing time at third base in Candelario's absence, with Cody Bellinger largely playing first base.

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  • Cubs' Adbert Alzolay: Nearing simulated work

    Alzolay (forearm) is set to advance to facing live hitters this week, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Alzolay already has a few successful bullpen sessions under his belt and is ready to take the next step in his recovery from the mild right forearm strain that has kept him sidelined since Sept. 10. He still has an outside shot of being able to return before the end of the regular season, though the clock is ticking. Julian Merryweather has been drawing the majority of the save chances for the wild-card-hunting Cubs.

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  • Cubs' Marcus Stroman: Gets another turn through rotation

    Stroman is slated to start Thursday's game in Atlanta.

    After making his first two appearances as a reliever following his activation from the 15-day injured list Sept. 15, Stroman rejoined the rotation Saturday. However, he was capped at three innings while taking a no-decision against Colorado, giving up three runs on five hits and one walk. Though Stroman will make a second straight turn through the rotation, he could be capped at around 75-to-90 pitches after building up to 64 on Saturday. The Cubs could once again choose to deploy Stroman in tandem with Javier Assad, who tossed four scoreless frames in relief of the right-hander against the Rockies.

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  • Cubs' Jordan Wicks: Posts quality start in Sunday's win

    Wicks (4-1) got the win over the Rockies on Sunday, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three over six innings.

    Wicks was able to bounce back from his first rough outing of the year with his third quality start in six tries. He surrendered a two-run blast to Brendan Rodgers in the third and then Nolan Jones got to him with a solo shot in the sixth to extend the Rockies' lead to 3-1. The Cubs were able to respond with three runs in the sixth to take the lead and put Wicks in line for the win. The 23-year-old has been fantastic at preventing hard contact and had only allowed one home run prior to Sunday's outing. Wicks now owns a 3.00 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 23:10 K:BB in 33 innings and lines up to make one more regular season start against the Brewers.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Team .255


Player Injury
A. Alzolay RP Adbert Alzolay RP Forearm
N. Madrigal 3B Nick Madrigal 3B Hamstring
M. Fulmer RP Michael Fulmer RP Forearm
B. Boxberger RP Brad Boxberger RP Forearm
N. Burdi RP Nick Burdi RP Abdomen

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