No one seems to know just what to make of the Chicago Cubs right now. The offense, which came roaring to life in May, has gone largely quiet in June – and is far too dependent on slugging once more. One reason that might be the case? The team is still without Nico Hoerner and Matt Duffy, two of their best bat-to-ball hitters.
Everyone needs to be careful about presuming that the return of two players – Nico Hoerner and Matt Duffy – could/would/will transform a Chicago Cubs offense that is in a pretty deep slump. For one thing, you don’t want to put that weight so thoroughly on two guys who might have some rust to shake off, and/or might be young (Hoerner), and/or might be more of a complementary guy (Duffy). For another thing, it’s still gonna be a minute before both are back with the Cubs.
Cubs manager David Ross said that Duffy (back) will resume a buildup program for baseball activities in the next few days after "everything was good" Friday during his checkup with a team doctor, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Duffy has been sidelined since late May with a lower-back strain, but...
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Injured Cubs infielders progressing in recoveries originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago. A trio of Cubs infielders sidelined with injuries are “progressing well” in their recoveries, manager David Ross said Saturday. Matt Duffy (May 25), Nico Hoerner (May 26) and David Bote (May 30) all landed on the IL within...
Matt Duffy's career took some tumultuous turns after the Giants shockingly traded him to Tampa Bay. He returns to Oracle Park this week having found his old success with the Cubs.
Duffy (back) has been doing some light swinging recently, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports. Duffy has been on the 10-day injured list since May 25 due to a lower-back strain, but he hasn't yet started running or taking grounders. Although he's eligible to return from the injured list this week, it appears as though he could miss more than the minimum of 10 days.
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Duffy latest Cub to hit injured list, Adam DFA'd originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago. The Cubs lost another player to the injured list Tuesday in infielder Matt Duffy, whom they played on the IL with a low back strain. The move is retroactive to May 23. In a corresponding...
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Cubs infielder Matt Duffy has been suffering from “bumps and bruises,” per manager David Ross, and Tuesday the team placed him on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Monday) with a low back strain. To replace Duffy on the 26-man active roster, the Cubs added Patrick Wisdom from Triple-A Iowa....
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Matt Duffy, a freshman right-hander from Burlington, Ont., wrote a piece of Canisius baseball history on Wednesday, pitching the Golden Griffins to a 4-1 victory over No. 1 seed and host Fairfield in the opening game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference baseball final four in Connecticut. Duffy, who was...
Cubs manager David Ross said Duffy is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals due to "low back tightness," Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Ross seemed to suggest Duffy's injury is a day-to-day concern, so the 30-year-old could be available off the bench and may be ready to rejoin the lineup following Monday's team off day. Duffy has been an unsung hero for the Cubs this season, batting .278 with a home run and three stolen bases across 106 plate appearances.
It’s pretty terrifying to think about where the Chicago Cubs might be without Matt Duffy. Even with him, the team entered this week’s four-game set against Washington below .500 and haven’t looked like a legitimate contender by any stretch. He’s not a star-caliber player. He more reminds me of a...
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Duffy is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals. David Bote will step in at third base in place of Duffy, who has emerged as a regular at the position while Kris Bryant has taken on more work in the outfield over the past few weeks. Duffy had started in each of the Cubs' previous eight games, going 8-for-33 with a home run, a double, five RBI and five runs over that stretch.
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I can’t believe the Bulls won last night. Like Eli wrote, it’s hard to be *angry* about a team winning, since the players are there to win. But rarely do you get such a bright line between winning and losing, where losing just one game is so clearly the better thing for your organization. Alas. The Bulls were going to have to give up a pick for that trade eventually anyway, and the odds were against them actually landing in the top four anyway. So, sigh, I’ll just let it go. More importantly: a very, very transformative year for that organization, with brighter days ahead (I can confidently say that about THREE of the four teams we cover now! … but … um … ). Great work this year, Eli, and I can’t wait to follow along with even more transformation in the offseason.
If asked for one word to describe Matt Duffy‘s plate appearances, “refreshing” would be my choice. I feel as if the utility infielder is going to work a professional at-bat every single time he steps into the box. Duffy is among the league leaders in several plate-discipline outcomes, including chase and contact rates.
The Cubs and Tigers are in a kinda ugly back-and-forth affair this afternoon, but the Cubs just did a big back (or forth) when Matt Duffy hit his first homer with the Cubs. That was Duffy’s second run-scoring extra-base hit of the day – he also doubled – so he seems to be heating back up after a lull to begin May. Oh, and it came off of former Cubs prospect Alex Lange, who was traded in the Nick Castellanos deal.
The Cubs and Tigers have traded leads throughout Saturday’s game, and Matt Duffy got the Cubs back on top with his first home run of the season. The three-run shot from Duffy put the Cubs up 7-6 over Detroit. Duffy’s contact-oriented approach has been a pleasant addition to the Cubs lineup so far this season, but nobody’s gonna complain about a dinger every now and again.
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Matt Duffy drives in 5 runs, but the Chicago Cubs fall to the Detroit Tigers 9-8 in 10 innings for their 4th loss in 5 games
It’s difficult to watch a Chicago Cubs game this season without pondering whether it’ll be the last year Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo all will be together. Unless they come to an agreement on contract extensions, all three Cubs stars will become free agents in November. And if it doesn’t happen in the next two months, the trade rumors will be flying before the July 31 deadline. ...
Duffy went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBI in Saturday's 9-8 extra-inning loss to the Tigers. His first long ball of the season came off Alex Lange in the fifth inning, giving the Cubs a 7-6 lead -- the third of four leads on the day that would eventually slip through their fingers. Duffy continues to see consistent playing time in May, slashing .282/.310/.436 in 42 plate appearances on the month, but he'll need to keep hitting to avoid falling into a bench role now that the team's roster is mostly healthy.