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.
Eric S 3 hours 28 min ago (view)
And Joe pinch hits for Descalso again today - now 205/277/316 on the year. But no need to put a jumpy-jump in the parking lot during spring training like they did last year for TLS so it balances out.
crunch 3 hours 51 min ago (view)
tommy lastella hit his 12th homer of the year...grand slam.
tim815 4 hours 23 min ago (view)
Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.
crunch 5 hours 36 min ago (view)
aww...cubs were a pest all game, but couldn't overcome.
crunch 5 hours 39 min ago (view)
omfg chatwood...with the bat.
crunch 5 hours 40 min ago (view)
RIP heyward's bat.
shout out to bo jackson...that was a clean break.
it was a swing/miss with no contact so it's doubtful it was a cracked bat.
Eric S 6 hours 7 min ago (view)
Bullpen reclamation project Kyle Ryan’s ERA now 5.06. Bummer
crunch 6 hours 23 min ago (view)
wow baez...also, wow rizzo.
call overturned, but that was a hell of an "almost" play.
crunch 9 hours 14 min ago (view)
he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.
he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.
he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.
VirginiaPhil 9 hours 19 min ago (view)
crunch 9 hours 44 min ago (view)
schwarber / baez / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso / lester / bote
i guess we're in for 2-20 random games of "pitcher hits 8th" before suddenly deciding that's not a thing anymore...again
crunch 16 hours 6 min ago (view)
it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.
he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.
Hagsag 16 hours 57 min ago (view)
Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.
QuietMan 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!
way to break a tie.
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)