Cubs @ Colorado: Darvish vs. Márquez (Game 65)

CHC (37-27): RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.88 ERA)
COL (33-31): RHP German Márquez (6-3, 4.07 ERA)
First pitch 7:40pmCDT

Coming off the home sweep of the Cardinals, the Cubs fly west for a three-game set at altitude. Yu Darvish is set to be the first potential victim of Coors. Yu's had a solid stretch marred only by that Cincinnati game that came apart in the 8th inning. His last start came against the Rockies at home. He surrendered three runs, two earned, on three walks and three hits in 5.1 innings pitched. The Rockies did all that damage in the 6th before Kintzler managed to strand two runners belonging to Yu. Darvish has pitched one game in Colorado in his career and he allowed five runs on five hits and four walks. The Rockies have better stats at home, but they are right around league average with the park factored in (101 wRC+). That's still a marked improvement, as they are 29th in the majors on the road by the same measure (73 wRC+).

The Cubs got to Márquez last time out for eight(!) earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. David Bote mashed a 3-run homerun off of German in fifth and a 3-run double off of Rusin in the sixth (all three baserunners were inherited). If Bote had taken an 0-for instead of having himself a day, Márquez's ERA still might be hovering around 3. Bully for Bote! The Cubs looked quite hitter-ish this weekend they must be champing at the bit to take their swings in Coors. Márquez has far preferred the road, allowing far more contact (.314 average vs. .187) and power (.451 slugging vs. .287) at home. The Cubs' offense has been 4th best in the majors on the road with a 114 wRC+ (or third best if you prefer OPS, .817).

I set the over-under for game time at four hours and five minutes.

Comments

cargo gets a great hand from the fans back in COL.

2nd longest tenure (games played) for a COL player.

bote and schwarber go back to back...schwarb looked surprised it left the park.  pause, start hauling ass to 1st, realize it's out...jog home.

woo colorado.

extremely beautiful sunset providing a hell of a backdrop for the game.  it rivals some amazing ones i've seen in arizona.

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  • Eric S 14 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Woo Hoo!!! Cubs win a crazy one!  KB with another late inning, game winning homer - good stuff!

     

  • crunch 14 hours 42 min ago (view)

    schwarb set the cubs team record for fastest to 100 by a cub a bit less than a week ago.  bryant would have won a couple MVP awards in a row the past couple years.

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 44 min ago (view)

    That was a good send by the butterman - great throw by Yaz Jr

    Try as he might, Eddie Vedder can’t find da butterman

    Thanks. I’ll show myself out now

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 49 min ago (view)

    200th home run of the season by KB probably would have set some kind of record too

     

  • crunch 14 hours 51 min ago (view)

    the inital graphic was KB #200, but i was like...hold on...

    it was technically true in the loosest sense of the phrase.

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 57 min ago (view)

    That would have been pretty cool if it had been KB’s 200th home run in less than five full seasons!

     

  • crunch 14 hours 59 min ago (view)

    this game, though...wow...this game.

    200th team homer of the season.

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Yes. Just like that

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Funny (ha ha) to remember that at one point in this game Yu had retired 12 straight Giants

     

  • crunch 15 hours 26 min ago (view)

    "i am required to say it's a see-saw battle." - len

    "it's going to come down to the kicking game." - jd

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Oof. The lead off walk - horrible. That second hit allowed (which tied the game) on the ankle high fastball - tuff luck. 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 34 min ago (view)

    oh yeah...so cubs win 21-22 on a walk off bote grand slam...gotcha.

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Sounds about right. Howevuh ... Home Game!

     

  • crunch 15 hours 47 min ago (view)

    d.holland still sucks.

    cubs tied this one out of sheer suck going on both sides of this game.  i'm waiting for the cubs to lose this one 18-17 in a few hours.

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Cubs need their three-hole hitter to start stepping up at the plate and do something crazy like driving in the two-hole hitter

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Somebody wake up Grandpa Joe and remind him that having Holland face righties i— any righty — is a no-no