Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Darvish vs. Godley (Game 25)

CHC (12-12): RHP Yu Darvish (1-3, 5.96 ERA)
ARZ (16-11): RHP Zack Godley (1-1, 6.67 ERA)
First pitch 7:10pmCDT

Darvish went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs to take a loss against the Diamondbacks last time out. He has yet to get through the 6th inning in a start and has suffered troubles with both walks and homeruns this season. The stuff has been there but the command has not.

Zack Godley was a Cubs' farmhand until 2014 when he was one prospect sent to ARZ in exchange for Miguel Montero. The Diamondbacks used him as a starter and he debuted with them way back in 2015. In 2017 he broke out and has been a quality mid-rotation starter since. He's started 2019 a bit slow, however. In his last start, he only went 4 innings and gave up more walks than strikeouts.

Comments

descalso/bryant(RF)/rizzo/baez/bote(3rd)/heyward(CF)/davis/schwarber/darvish

awful 28 pitch 1st for darvish leading to 0 runs scored even though the 1ip 1h 1bb 2k line looks decent enough on the surface (HBP thrown in there for good measure, btw)

56 pitches through 2ip..

2ip 1h 3bb 3k, 0r/er...he's thrown a couple at batter's heads, unintentionally.  one was on the pitcher, behind his head.

his command has been awfully sporatic.

A couple of those pitches looked like they slipped out of his hand.

he pulled it together nicely, at least

6ip 2h 4bb 8k, 1r/er

bote!!!!

massive HR to LF (just below the 2nd deck off the sign)...469ft estimate.

cubs score 5 runs in the 3rd after 2 outs (1st run came on a balk).  nice.

make it a 2HR night for bote...

bote hit by pitch and benches slowly clear...descalso is livid, but the scene seems to be low key...here come some warnings.

joe maddon gets his 400th cubs win.

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  • QuietMan 2 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,

     

  • George Altman 2 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.

     

  • Mike Wellman 4 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 

     

  • crunch 18 hours 56 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.

    boo.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.

     

  • Charlie 20 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 51 min ago (view)

    I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.

    Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.

     

  • crunch 21 hours 58 min ago (view)

    there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of edwards...at which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.

     

  • Eric S 21 hours 59 min ago (view)

    The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado 

    Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something

     

  • crunch 22 hours 4 min ago (view)

    edwards gonna edwards...blah

     

  • bradsbeard 23 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 37 min ago (view)

    delay over, game on.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road.