ContributorsPublishersAdvertisers

Rafael Ortega

CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Not starting Sunday

Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins. Ortega is 5-for-15 with a double, two walks and a run through four games in August and will take a seat for the series finale. He started the past two games in center field, but Nelson Velazquez will receive the nod Sunday.
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Not starting Game 2

Ortega isn't starting the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. Ortega went 3-for-5 with a double during the first game of Thursday's doubleheader but will head to the bench since left-hander Jose Quintana is on the mound for the nightcap. Willson Contreras is serving as the designated hitter while P.J. Higgins starts behind the plate.
CHICAGO, IL
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Sitting against lefty

Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at San Francisco. Lefty Carlos Rodon is pitching for the Giants, so Ortega will hit the bench for the second straight game. Nelson Velazquez will start in center field for Chicago.
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: On bench against southpaw

Ortega isn't starting Thursday against the Giants. Left-hander Alex Wood is starting for the Giants on Thursday, so Ortega is getting a day off after he went 3-for-8 with a solo home run and a stolen base over the last two games. Nelson Velazquez will start in center field and bat ninth.
CHICAGO, IL
bleachernation.com

Rafael Ortega NEEDED That – A Lofty Homer to Right

I don’t think it’s a matter of anything getting into his head, but I couldn’t help but notice that ever since Rafael Ortega (correctly) noted that he has to play the game like he’s playing for all 30 teams – you never know where your next job might come from – it’s been ROUGH. Up to that statement on June 28, Ortega had been on FIRE. After it? He’s hit just .100/.213/.160/10 wRC+. Again, not saying it got in his head, but he did say this at the same time he made the 30 teams comment (Tribune): “It’s mostly about just being relaxed at the plate, my body feeling relaxed. When I tighten up a little bit and have that pressure, I don’t make good decisions. So it’s really just about being relaxed with my body and with my swing. Load up and I’m able to have a good swing.”
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Nabs eighth steal

Ortega went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Pirates. The 31-year-old has three hits in the last two games, including a solo homer Monday, as he shows small signs of emerging from a deep slump. Ortega has only eight hits in total in July, slashing .154/.262/.269 through 19 games on the month, and what little fantasy value he's supplied has come from his legs as he's stolen three of his eight bags on the year.
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Goes deep in win

Ortega went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 3-2 win over the Pirates. He was also caught stealing. Ortega led off in this one and managed his fifth home run of the season in the third inning. The left-handed hitting outfielder is still sitting regularly against southpaws, with the likes of Christopher Morel and Nelson Velazquez gobbling up more starts on those occasions. Ortega can still deliver some fantasy value versus righties, however, as he has an .802 OPS against them since 2020.
CHICAGO, IL
bleachernation.com

Chicago Cubs Lineup: Rafael Ortega Returns to the Top

The Cubs have lost four straight, and the Orioles have won 8 in a row, as they approach .500 and inch closer to a Wild Card slot. Here’s David Ross’ lineup for the first of two quick games at Wrigley Field. Chicago Cubs Lineup:. Rafael Ortega, CF. Willson...
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Out against lefty once again

Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers. The lefty-hitting Ortega will end up sitting for each of the final three games of the series in Los Angeles with the Dodgers bringing a left-hander to the hill on each occasion. Christopher Morel will replace Ortega in center field and as the Cubs' leadoff man Sunday.
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Riding pine Friday

Ortega isn't starting Friday against the Dodgers. Ortega has started mainly against right-handed pitchers this season, and he'll take a seat with southpaw Tyler Anderson on the mound for the Dodgers. Nelson Velazquez is starting in center field and batting eighth.
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: On base thrice, swipes bag

Ortega went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk, run, two RBI and a stolen base in an 8-3 win against the Brewers on Tuesday. Ortega singled in the first inning, walked in the third and tripled home two runs and stole home in the sixth. The 31-year-old broke out of a slump with the excellent performance -- he was 2-for-14 over his last six games -- and has now logged a steal in consecutive games.
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Reaches twice in loss

Ortega went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and a run scored in Sunday's extra-innings loss to the Red Sox. Ortega snapped a four-game hitless streak and gave the Cubs a boost from the leadoff spot, though the team struggled offensively as a whole in the 4-2 loss. The outfielder still sits against most lefties, but he does have some fantasy value against righties, especially when he's atop the order. Ortega has an .843 OPS versus righties since 2020, while his OPS against southpaws is just .455.
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Held out Monday

Ortega is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers. Ortega started seven of the Cubs' last eight games, but he went just 4-for-23 (.174) over that span, so he will open Monday's game on the bench. Christopher Morel will be back atop the order for the North Siders.
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Sitting Friday

Ortega is not in the starting lineup Friday versus the Red Sox. Ortega will get a breather Friday after going 3-for-17 with a homer, seven RBI, two runs and a stolen base over the last five games. Yan Gomes will draw the start at designated hitter and bat sixth against Boston.
CHICAGO, IL
cubsinsider.com

Watch: Rafael Ortega Homers in 8th to Tie Game Against Cards

The Cubs were two runs down heading into the top of the 8th inning, in desperate need of a couple of runs that would give them a fighting chance against the Cardinals. With one out in the inning, Christopher Morel singled off Cardinals’ flame-throwing reliever Ryan Helsley. Rafael Ortega followed with a 371-foot two-run home run to tie things up late.
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Swats fourth homer

Ortega went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday. Ortega went deep off Giovanny Gallegos to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the eighth. The 31-year-old veteran has posted a solid .327/.397/.500 over the month of June and should continue to see at-bats in the top half of the Cubs lineup as Frank Schwindel (lower back) and Seiya Suzuki (finger) miss time due to injury.
CHICAGO, IL
sportsgamblingpodcast.com

Rafael Ortega – MLB – Props, Betting Info & Stats

Rafael Ortega and the Chicago Cubs open their season against the St. Louis Cardinals, with Andre Pallante on the mound, on June 24 at 8:15 PM. Ortega ranks 234th in home runs and 292nd in RBI among hitters in MLB play. In 30 of 56 games this season (53.6%) Ortega...
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Gets breather Friday

Ortega isn't starting Friday against the Cardinals. Although right-hander Andre Pallante is starting for the Cardinals on Friday, Ortega will be held out of the lineup for a second consecutive game. Willson Contreras is serving as the designated hitter while Yan Gomes starts at catcher.
CHICAGO, IL
CBS Sports

Cubs' Rafael Ortega: Takes seat versus lefty

Ortega is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates. The lefty-hitting Ortega will head to the bench with a southpaw (Jose Quintana) on the mound for Pittsburgh in the series finale. Ortega, who went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, two runs and two RBI in Wednesday's 14-5 win, should continue to hold down a semi-regular role in the lineup against right-handed pitching until Seiya Suzuki (finger) is ready to return from the injured list.
CHICAGO, IL