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 Chatwoodβ€˜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 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

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β€œI 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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  • 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)

    Control problems?

     

  • 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.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!

    way to break a tie.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    rizzoh!!