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 1 hour 46 min ago (view)

    Credit to Mills bouncing back strong - fifth straight quality start by the rotation certainly helps things. Yu for the series win tomorrow 

     

  • crunch 1 hour 50 min ago (view)

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    schwarber in the bottom 10th!  walkoff homer.

     

  • Jackstraw 2 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Throws strikes like Chatwood.  Holds runners like Darvish.

     

  • Eric S 2 hours 10 min ago (view)

    This smells like a Chatwood game. 

     

  • Eric S 2 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Almora - what a tool non-play there. 

     

  • crunch 2 hours 26 min ago (view)

    phew...kimbrel is fresh off taking a half season away from the game, but im ready for a bit less drama out of his appearances.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 30 min ago (view)

    lorenzen is low-key one of the most exciting players in the game, seriously.  he's fun on the mound, at the plate, and baserunning.

     

  • Eric S 2 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Well that settles it: Lorenzen is a better base runner than Brach. Brach haint got nuttin’

     

  • crunch 2 hours 34 min ago (view)

    rizzo's power outage has been a little alarming.  it seems to be bad luck more than anything obvious, though.

     

  • Eric S 2 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Near warning track power Rizzo not nearly as fun as home run derby Rizzo

     

  • Eric S 2 hours 54 min ago (view)

    More rare sighting in last few weeks: a Descalso plate appearance or a Rizzo home run?  Descalso PA wins by an eyelash

    Descalso actually had one his better at bats (even though he should have been rung up on a missed strike three) β€” a line drive one hopper to the shortstop

     

  • crunch 3 hours 17 min ago (view)

    they're celebrating the 69 cubs at the park tonight.

    they had a bunch of vets (led by billy williams) do the 7th along with a video edited together of ernie banks + ron santo singing the 7th so they could all sing along.  great touch.

     

  • crunch 3 hours 41 min ago (view)

    montgomery is going to be used as a SP for KC.  good for him.

    also, a.mills has calmed down into a hell of a nice welcome back start.  he's back on my xmas card list.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 58 min ago (view)

    31 pitches, 3 HBP by mills...and only 3 runs given up in 1.2ip so far!

     

  • crunch 5 hours 15 min ago (view)

    okay, im done with alec mills.

    next.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 21 min ago (view)

    almora picks up a career highlight reel catch in CF.

    even heyward was pumped.