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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Gets Tuesday off

Villar is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds. He'll give way at second base to rookie Christopher Morel, who has been one of the Cubs' hotter bats since getting a promotion from Double-A Tennessee last week. For his part, Villar has been starting to heat up after a brutal start to the season, as he's slashing .320/.346/.640 with three stolen bases over his last six games. Morel doesn't look like an imminent threat to usurping Villar on the depth chart, but the looming returns of Nick Madrigal (back) and Nico Hoerner (ankle) from the injured list could wind up pushing the veteran back into a utility role.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Doubles, drives in one Saturday

Villar went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Villar recorded two hits and a double for the second consecutive contest, as he continues to be locked in lately. The super utility player is slashing .389/.450/.833 over his past five games with two home runs, two doubles and four RBI. As long as Villar keeps picking up starts across the diamond, he should maintain plenty of fantasy value if he swings the bat like this.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Doubles, homers in loss

Villar went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and two runs scored in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Villar's home run, his second of the season, was one of four solo home runs for Chicago. The utility player hasn't provided a ton of power so far this year, though he did blast 18 long balls in 142 games last season, so he may start to trend upward in that category as long as he continues to see regular playing time. He reached double figures in home runs in five of the last six seasons, with the shortened 2020 campaign the only exception.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Out of Thursday's lineup

Villar is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks. Villar started the past eight games at the keystone and will take a seat for Sunday's contest. Christopher Morel will man second base in his place Thursday.
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Jonathan Villar Hit His First Homer with the Cubs

It hasn’t been a great start to Jonathan Villar’s time with the Chicago Cubs. Miscues in the field, a bat that had gone ice cold since a nice series in Colorado last month, and a guy who generally just didn’t look like the guy we remember from his best days with the Brewers and Orioles.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Homers, swipes bag

Villar went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, an additional RBI and a stolen base in a 7-0 win against the Pirates on Tuesday. Making his seventh straight start with Nick Madrigal shelved, Villar opened the scoring with a solo home run in the third inning, singled home a run during a five-run fourth and walked and swiped second in the sixth. The infielder is only 6-for-34 in May, though Tuesday's offensive display demonstrates the 31-year-old's ability to contribute both power and speed.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Filling in for injured Madrigal

Villar will start at second base and bat ninth in Wednesday's game in San Diego. With Nick Madrigal (back) landing on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Villar looks set to step in as the Cubs' everyday second baseman, at least in the short term. However, Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) is in the midst of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa and could be activated from the IL within the next few days, at which point he and Nico Hoerner -- who starts at shortstop Wednesday -- could serve as the Cubs' primary middle infielders.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Gets third straight start

Villar will start at third base and bat seventh in Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Villar will pick up his third consecutive start, after he was included in the lineup for both halves of Saturday's doubleheader. He went hitless with three strikeouts in six at-bats between those games, during which the Dodgers started a pair of lefty pitchers (Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler). The Dodgers are bringing right-hander Walker Buehler to the hill for the series finale, but Villar will stick in the lineup at third baseman while Patrick Wisdom sits with an ankle injury. Wisdom is available off the bench Sunday and could rejoin the lineup as soon as Monday's series opener in San Diego, but Villar would still have a path to steady work at third base if the Cubs elect to deploy Wisdom at designated hitter after the struggling Frank Schwindel was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.
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Cubs cannot rely on Jonathan Villar defensively – period

I might take issue with a great many things about Andrelton Simmons off the baseball diamond, but, woo, boy, would I prefer to see a four-time Gold Glover out there instead of Jonathan Villar lately. Villar, who inked a one-year, $6 million deal with a mutual option for 2023 late...
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Sitting Saturday

Villar is not in Tuesday's lineup against Atlanta. He is hitting .341/.380/.386 with zero home runs and one steal in 12 games. Patrick Wisdom gets the start at third base while Nick Madrigal and Nico Hoerner handle second base and shortstop, respectively.
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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Jonathan Villar at Shortstop

The nature of this Cubs offense isn’t nearly as feast or famine as it has appeared in this series against the Pirates. So I am obviously expecting another 20+ run explosion this afternoon. Consistency. Chicago Cubs Lineup:. 1. Rafael Ortega, DH. 2. Seiya Suzuki, RF. 3. Willson Contreras, C.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Starting at short Sunday

Villar is starting at shortstop and batting sixth in Sunday's game against the Pirates. Villar started at second base Saturday and collected two hits, his first stolen base of the season, three runs and three RBI in a 21-0 Chicago win. The utility man has been stellar with a .350 batting average and .791 OPS, and he'll likely run more moving forward after racking up 14 stolen bases last year and 16 during the condensed 2020 season.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Collects three runs, stolen base

Villar went 2-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored and three RBI in Saturday's win over the Pirates. He also notched his first steal. Making the start at second base, Villar played a key role in the Cubs' big 21-0 win. The 30-year-old has filled a valuable utility role so far, picking up starts at second, third and shortstop, and he has a stellar .350 batting average. Villar should continue to see regular playing time and will be a nice fantasy asset the rest of the season if he keeps hitting like this.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Starts over Wisdom again

Villar will start at third base and bat third in Wednesday's game against the Rays. Villar has now picked up starts at third base over Patrick Wisdom in consecutive games. After going 1-for-5 in Tuesday's 6-5 loss while the Rays deployed a lefty primary pitcher (Josh Fleming), Villar gets the nod over Wisdom on Wednesday with a right-hander (Drew Rasmussen) on the bump for the opposition. It's unclear if Villar will permanently remain ahead of Wisdom in the pecking order, but he looks to be manager David Ross' favored option for the time being.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Back on bench Sunday

Villar is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies. Villar doesn't have an everyday home at any position, but his ability to play three infield spots allowed him to draw four consecutive starts before he moved to the bench Sunday. The 30-year-old went 9-for-16 with two doubles, a walk, four RBI and three runs during that four-game stretch, so manager David Ross will likely look to find at least semi-regular playing time for Villar while he's wielding a hot bat.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Effective again Friday

Villar went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Friday's loss to the Rockies. Villar has started in the Cubs' last three contests, including the first two games at Coors Field, and he's performed well, going 5-for-11 in that stretch with an RBI and three runs scored. Meanwhile, regular third baseman Patrick Wisdom has struggled with a .130/.160/.217 line through seven games. Villar has picked up starts at third, second and shortstop the last three games, so he seems to be carving out a valuable role in Chicago and should play frequently moving forward.
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Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Stays hot at the plate

Villar went 4-for-5 with three RBI in Saturday's loss to the Rockies. All four hits were singles, and Villar was unable to come around to score once, but it was still another excellent performance. In three games at Coors Field, the infielder has gone 8-for-12, pushing his season batting average up to .474. He started at second base in this one, but he's also recently seen time at third and shortstop. Villar should continue to move around the diamond for the Cubs, and he'll have plenty of fantasy value if he keeps hitting like this.
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Yeah, So, Jonathan Villar Was Pretty Clearly Safe

I watched the replays live with everyone else, and my take was this: although I was pretty sure that Jonathan Villar was safe on his headfirst slide that would’ve tied the game in the 7th inning of the Cubs’ loss to the Brewers yesterday, I wasn’t sure the video rose to the level of the “clear and convincing” standard necessary to overturn the call on the field.
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