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56-42 4-6 W2
51-47 5-5 W1
50-48 8-2 W6
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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Sitting out series finale

    Amaya is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Amaya will take a seat for the second time in the three-game series with the Diamondbacks to open up the second half of the season. Though he's sported a hot bat of late with eight hits in his last 16 at-bats, Amaya is still slashing an underwhelming .213/.275/.298 on the season. Unless Amaya sustains his hot run at the dish for a longer period of time, the Cubs could prefer to prioritize Tomas Nido at catcher due to his defensive acumen.

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  • Cubs' Miles Mastrobuoni: Losing playing time

    Mastrobuoni is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Mastrobuoni started at third base in each of the Cubs' final five games before the All-Star break as well as Friday's 5-2 loss to Arizona, but he'll hit the bench for the second day in a row to close out the series with the Diamondbacks. The 28-year-old no longer looks slated to get regular playing time moving forward after the Cubs brought Mike Tauchman back from the injured list Friday.

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  • Cubs' Drew Smyly: Effective again Saturday

    Smyly tossed two scoreless innings of relief in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Diamondbacks. He allowed a hit and struck out one.

    Smyly continues to pitch well for the Cubs in a long-relief role, as he's allowed just one run this month in six appearances. Overall, the veteran lefty has lowered his ERA to 2.92, which would be the second lowest mark of his 11-year MLB career. Chicago seems content to keep Smyly in the bullpen, though fifth starter Kyle Hendricks has a 6.69 ERA and could get bumped from the rotation if the team decides to mix things up at some point.

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  • Cubs' Seiya Suzuki: Notches 10th steal

    Suzuki went 0-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Suzuki is hitless in the first two games after the All-Star break after carrying a seven-game hitting streak into the intermission. While he's not making much contact, he's walked four times over two contests against Arizona. The outfielder is batting .293 (17-for-58) this month with seven extra-base hits, 14 RBI, three steals and seven walks over 15 games. For the year, he's slashing .265/.337/.470 with 10 steals, 13 home runs, 45 RBI and 40 runs scored over 74 contests.

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  • Cubs' Kyle Hendricks: No help in loss

    Hendricks (2-8) allowed three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two over five innings to take the loss Saturday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Hendricks served up a solo shot to Alek Thomas and a two-run home run to Corbin Carroll in the fifth inning, and that was all for the scoring Saturday. This was just the second time Hendricks has given up a homer in six starts since he returned to the Cubs' rotation, but both instances have seen him yield two long balls. The right-hander is carrying a 6.69 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 52:24 K:BB through 75.1 innings over 18 appearances (13 starts) this year. He's projected for a road outing at Kansas City in his next appearance.

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  • Cubs' Tomas Nido: Sitting Saturday

    Nido isn't in the Cubs' lineup for Saturday's game against Arizona.

    The Cubs seem to have fallen into a pattern of alternating between Nido and Miguel Amaya behind the plate, and Saturday will mark Amaya's turn to start while he bats eighth.

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  • Cubs' Luke Little: Unlikely to return in 2024

    Manager Craig Counsell said Saturday that Little (lat) is likely out for the rest of the season, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.

    Little landed on the injured list last Saturday due to what was labeled a left shoulder strain, though the results of his MRI on Friday confirmed the strain is in his left lat. It doesn't seem that he'll require surgery, but the Cubs will still keep the southpaw shut down for now. Should he miss the rest of the season, he'll finish with a 3.46 ERA and 1.27 WHIP alongside a 28:18 K:BB across 26 innings.

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  • Cubs' Hunter Bigge: Back in majors

    The Cubs recalled Bigge from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Bigge was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday, but he'll now head back to Chicago in order to replace the injured Hayden Wesneski (forearm) in the Cubs' bullpen. Bigge owns a minuscule 0.77 ERA through 11.2 innings with Iowa, and he allowed one earned run in 2.1 frames over three appearances during his previous stint in the majors.

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  • Cubs' Hayden Wesneski: Lands on injured list

    The Cubs placed Wesneski on the 15-day injured list Saturday with a right forearm strain, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Wesneski pitched 1.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen during Friday's loss to Arizona, though he appears to have come away from his latest appearance with an injury. He'll be held out of action until at least Aug. 4, and the Cubs will recall Hunter Bigge from Triple-A Iowa to fill the opening in their bullpen.

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  • Cubs' Nico Hoerner: Tallies three hits to extend streak

    Hoerner went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Hoerner came into the All-Star break riding an 11-game hitting streak and he kept rolling in his team's return to action Friday. Over the past 12 games, the infielder is batting .380 with eight RBI and eight runs scored. After a relatively slow start to the season, Hoerner seems to be finding his groove, and he should be able to score plenty of runs as the Cubs' primary leadoff hitter if he keeps reaching base consistently.

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  • Cubs' Hayden Wesneski: Shifts back to bullpen

    Wesneski worked in relief of starter Justin Steele in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Diamondbacks, striking out one over 1.1 scoreless innings while giving up one hit and no walks.

    Wesneski had started in each of his final four appearances before the All-Star break, but he looks to have lost his rotation spot to Javier Assad (forearm), who returned from the injured list July 13. The right-handed Wesneski might have had a case for a more permanent stay in the rotation if he had performed well in his recent run as a starter, but he turned in a 5.59 ERA over those four outings.

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  • Cubs' Justin Steele: Stumbles vs. Arizona

    Steele (2-4) took the loss Friday against the Diamondbacks, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out six.

    It was a tough start to the second half for Steele, who allowed a season-high nine hits en route to his first loss since June 7. The left-hander delivered seven straight quality starts prior to the All-Star break, posting a stellar 1.65 ERA in that span (49 innings). Steele's ERA now sits at 3.07 with a 1.02 WHIP and 87:20 K:BB across 15 starts (91 innings) this season. He'll look to get back on track in his next outing, currently scheduled for next week at home against Milwaukee.

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  • Cubs' Luke Little: Undergoing MRI on shoulder

    Little will undergo an MRI on his injured left shoulder Friday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.

    Little landed on the 15-day injured list just before the All-Star break and will now go through imaging to assess the severity of the issue. The left-handed reliever has put up a 3.46 ERA and 28:18 K:BB over 26 innings out of the Cubs' bullpen in 2024.

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  • Cubs' Adbert Alzolay: Cleared to begin rehab assignment

    Alzolay (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment with the Cubs' Arizona Complex League affiliate Friday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.

    Alzolay has been on the shelf since mid-May with a right flexor strain but is ready for game action. The reliever will need many rehab appearances and will eventually move up to a higher affiliate, so he's likely still at least a couple weeks away from a return.

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  • Cubs' Ben Brown: Resuming mound work

    Brown (neck) will throw a bullpen session Friday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.

    Brown had to be shut down again just before the All-Star break due to lingering discomfort in his neck, but he appears to be feeling better. The right-hander hasn't made a game appearance in six weeks, so he's going to need several rehab outings before becoming an option for the Cubs again.

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  • Cubs' Julian Merryweather: Expected back within week

    Cubs manager Craig Counsell said Friday that Merryweather (ribs) is on track to return by next weekend "at the latest," Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.

    Merryweather has allowed one run with a 3:0 K:BB over three innings on his rehab assignment and will make a fourth appearance Friday, this one with Triple-A Iowa. He's been out since early April with a rib stress fracture but should quickly rejoin Chicago's high-leverage crew once activated.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .234
(22nd)
417
(18th)
100
(22nd)
3.80
(11th)

Injuries

Player Injury
C. Bellinger CF Cody Bellinger CF Finger
B. Brown RP Ben Brown RP Neck
A. Alzolay RP Adbert Alzolay RP Forearm
J. Wicks SP Jordan Wicks SP Oblique
H. Wesneski RP Hayden Wesneski RP Forearm

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