Cubs vs. Pirates: Darvish vs. Lyles (Game 11)

CHC (3-7): RHP Yu Dravish (0-1)
PIT (5-4): RHP Jordan Lyles (0-0)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

Yu Darvish will take the mound for his third start with only 6.2 IP under his belt. After showing good stuff in Spring Training, Darvish has looked very rusty in the regular season.

Jordan Lyles has bounced between the bullpen and the rotation with the Rockies, Padres, and Brewers since 2016. He's a bit of a ground ball pitcher, mixing in a sinker and a curveball.

It's a damp day in Chicago, but the precipitation should break for the most part before game time. A cold, windy game will make for familiar early season conditions at Wrigley.

The Cubs won their home opener. The offense has remained lively. And Javier Baez accomplished not exactly good yet impressive feat.

Go Cubs!

Comments

Jesse Rogers reporting LHP Tim Collins getting called up.

tiny tim goes 1ip 1h 1bb 0k, 0r/er

he looked better than his pitching line showed.

montgomery threw off flat ground today and "felt good"...if he still feels good tomorrow he's due to throw a bullpen.

he's eligable to come off the IL on monday.

heyward had 8 homers last year...he has 4 so far this year.

this 6th inning is butt.

Second game in a row that Yu’s been removed with two men on base - with all four inherited runs scoring. Hell of a bullpen - ugh

Yu at least didn’t suck but couldn’t go six innings yet again.  Such a low bar at this point. 

the worst part is neither of those guys should have been on base, but some infield pinball deflections put both guys on...and then they scored...one on a pickoff move gone wrong error by k.ryan.

chatwood pitching in relief tonight.  if he's gonna start in lester's slot he may be only expected to throw 2-3 innings on a shared pen effort.

1ip 1h 1bb 1k, 0r/er

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  • The E-Man 3 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Eh - double meh. How about just getting Curtis Granderson and calling it a day?

     

  • crunch 3 hours 40 min ago (view)

    c.paddack (SD) with a no-hitter through 7, 82 pitches

    ...and it's gone in the 8th.  now i don't have to watch a SD/MIA game anymore.

     

  • Eric S 7 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Finally, a Yu win at Wrigley as a Cub and a series win against the Reds. Could definitely get used to that!

     

  • Eric S 8 hours 21 min ago (view)

    JHey!!! Yu’s gotta be the happiest dude in the dugout 

     

  • Eric S 8 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Little surprised Maddon pulled Yu after six innings and only 83 pitches - hopefully just trying to keep him fresh (and no injury concern)

     

  • videographer 9 hours 28 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    What can you tell us about Alexander Guerra and his performance as of late?  2 - 3HR games in two weeks, 1.200 Slg %.  Does he have any kind of value as a prospect?

     

  • crunch 10 hours 6 sec ago (view)

    post all-star break darvish is some good stuff so far, too.

     

  • Eric S 10 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Home run derby KB is a hell of a lot of fun!!

     

  • Eric S 11 hours 2 min ago (view)

    I’m trying really hard to reverse jinx it but floundering in a bad way. Seems likely he’ll hit 6 + in a week when the dam finally breaks

     

  • Eric S 11 hours 3 min ago (view)

    His two strike approach is very commendable on a team with so much swing and miss in it. Hoping he’ll run into an early count fastball soon that exits the park - he’s most certainly due. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 11 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Fair points... but with this roster, I don't really care about JJ's power.  More than enough power up & down lineup.  I'm a bit "meh" on speed & SBs, especially in a 4th OF type on a post-season roster.  Call it Post-Traumatic-2018-Terrence-Gore-Disorder (PT'18TGD???). If I had to choose between a 4th OF who can pinch run or who can pinch hit, it's my personal preference for the PH. And anybody who disagrees with me is wrong & probably immoral. 

     

  • VirginiaPhil 12 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Jay--an outfielder hitting two home runs in 433 PAs with the Cubs.  Hasn't hit more than three in seven years.  Sometimes you give up power for speed, but there's no speed, either, at least in the form of SBs.

     

  • VirginiaPhil 12 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Williams can carry a tune, if I remember correctly.

    Dempster was unbelievable the other night, hitting only one note on-key, the second to the last word in the song, "ball."  Maybe he can do comedy, but forget about song-and-dance.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 11 min ago (view)

    almora (really?) / baez / bryant(LF) / rizzo / caratini / heyward / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / darvish

     

  • First.Pitch.120 14 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Jon Jay - Trade Candidate? 

    I noticed that JJ was back from the IL & having a usual JJ quiet-productive start to his season. I think I love the idea of JJ coming back to the north side. Instantly makes the OF deeper no matter what happens with Happ or Zo. Lefty bat compliments AA in CF & can play good D at all 3 spots. Pretty even career R/L splits. Good career PH numbers if coming off the bench. Known quantity in clubhouse. 

    The post-seaon roster starts to feel deep & balanced...  with 13 position players including a bench of:

    Caratini

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 52 min ago (view)

    He is very streaky, both with his hitting for average and his power. I’m not too worried about it from the Cubs standpoint yet. From my fantasy team standpoint  a different matter though.