Cubs vs. Marlins: Darvish vs. Richards (Game 35)

CHC (21-13): RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.79 ERA)
MIA (10-26): Trevor Richards (0-4, 4.10 ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

The Cubs have taken the last two games on walk-off homeruns and Yu Darvish will try for the series win in a Thursday matinee. Last time out, Darvish had his worst outing since his abbreviated first start in Texas. He gave up 5 earned runs and walked 5 in 4 innings against STL but was bailed out by the heroic Taylor Davis grand slam. He has struggled with his command, walking 3 or more batters in all but one start this season. One of his two wins came against the Marlins (and Trevor Richards) on April 15. He struck out 8 in 5.2 innings that day.

Trevor Richards was only able to go 4.1 IP in his last start despite not allowing any runs. He's averaging just over 5 walks per 9 innings on the season. He gave up 5 earned runs and walked 4 in 4.2 IP against the Cubs last month.

This series has been as good a time as any for individual narratives to take the foreground. Victories against a team as bad as the Marlins always feel a bit hollow (and losses are beyond aggravating). So, it's nice to see Bryant and Heyward play hero. Hendricks followed up his Maddux with an efficient 8 inning start that looked for a while like a potential complete game. On the other side of the coin, Addison Russell returned from his suspension to a less than enthusiastic reception. And Ben Zobrist has taken a leave of absence for undisclosed personal reasons.

Precipitation shouldn't hold this one back, but they'll have to squeeze the game in between some thunder and lightning--brace for interruptions. The Cubs will welcome the Brewers for a more meaningful 3-game series starting tomorrow afternoon.

Comments

IIRC, Mike Montgomery was tasked as a piggyback starter with Chatwood last year due to Chatwood‘s wildness/high pitchcount issues. Looks like that role may/should continue with Darvish’s repeated struggles to get to or thru five innings. 

can we quit pairing the guy who's the slowest to the plate on the team with the catcher who's not very good controlling the running game...especially since that same pitcher also has wildness issues that taylor doesn't handle well...

the darvish/taylor matchup is crap.

#bringbackmiggy 👏👏👏👊👊👊💪💪💪

<sarc>

“I wish I can but I’m fat lol”

i feel ya, Miggy

pujols with his 2000th RBI...him, arod, and hank aaron.

also, la stella hit his 9th HR of the season in 104 PA.  he hit 9 with the cubs in 587 PA over parts of 4 seasons.

Swing plane!  Or, juiced ball!

to make it even more cubs-rific, felix pena pitched 7 scoreless innings for the win.

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  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    j.girardi did a 2nd interview with PHI on Monday and he's supposedly the favorite for the job.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    The draft over the ASB and the trade deadline pushed back until August 15th or so would make sense. Otherwise, I don't know how scouting departments are going to handle the draft lead up and the trade deadline running almost simultaneously.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    One other thing about MLB player development that is very different from NFL, NBA, and NHL player development is that most MLB clubs have upwards of 300 minor league players under contract (not including players on their MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs presently have 301 minor leaguers under contract on nine minor league affiliates).

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    JUST SAYIN: MLB is the only one of the four major North American professional sports that holds its draft and signs its draft picks during the season.

     

  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    umpire eric cooper has died...complications from knee surgery (blood clot)...52 years old

     

  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    "MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."

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  • JustSayin' 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

     That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter.  MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent.  They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players.  In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted.  For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Mr. Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    The discussions on this matter have been quite varried.  There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.

    It seems like this would not only cause some teams to fold, but some radical redistribution of existing teams/cities into new minor league levels rather than just pruning some teams over others.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.

     

  • crunch 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic.  wow.

    altuve continues to build his astros legend.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen. 

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab. 

     

  • JustSayin' 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday?  Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?)  Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back? 

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 8 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.