Cubs @ Marlins: Darvish vs. Richards (Game 15)

CHC (5-9): RHP Yu Darvish (0-2, 7.50 ERA)
MIA (4-12): RHP Trevor Richards (0-1, 2.00 ERA)
First pitch 6:10pmCDT

Management opts to skip Chatwood's spot start after the postponement, and Darvish takes the mound in Miami. He was a little bit better last time around, allowing 5 hits and 0 BBs n 5.1 IP. But he was tagged for 2 homeruns and the bullpen let him down. Did you know Curtis Granderson is still in the majors? At 38 years old and on his 16th major league season, Granderson is 1-12 against Darvish.

25-year-old righty Trevor Richards goes for Miami. He made 25 starts last year with 9.26 strikeouts and 3.85 walks per nine innings. He's sporting a low ERA here at the beginning of the season (2.00 to last year's 4.42), having given up only 10 hits in his 18 innings. Richards relies heavily on a changeup, which somewhat reduces the platoon advantage. Everyone but Daniel Descalso (0-1) starts with a clean slate against him.

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for those that havent seen the updates they've made to the park @MIA, it no longer looks like a tacky discount aquatic theme park from 1985.

LAA game rescheduled for June 3 at Wrigley. LAA goes from Seattle to Chicago for 1 game and then back to LA. Good for them!

they should have played.

snow games are pointless, awful, and fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL63yC64Qu4

I've never seen that... fantastic!  Or they could do an MLB fog bowl game... that would be neat until somebody died due to blunt force trauma from the pitched/batted ball. 

this MIA team is all kinds of assorted awful...i dunno how they've won 4 games so far.

darvish's night comes to an end after a long delay caused by a high-90s fastball HBP off the batter's thigh that then caught the ump in the throat.

5.2ip 4h 4bb 8k, 1 HBP, 2r/er

he could have easily finished the inning out given he had only thrown 96 pitches, but k.ryan was warm enough to come in anyway...and he gets a 3 pitch K.

btw, darvish's HBP wasn't retaliation for the 3 cubs HBP earlier in the game, nor was it treated that way by either team...MIA simply sucks that badly...

I think that caught more than Brinson's thigh.

truth...

there was a lot of action on that pitch.

Yes, lots of action on the pitch & no more action for Brinson... HIYO!!!

[Send sound: America's Funniest Home Videos horn.]

neat.

that said, he did epic horrible this winter (7+ ERA/2+ whip) on part 1 of his latest comeback so i wouldn't expect to see this go anywhere.

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  • jdrnym 5 hours 53 min ago (view)

    All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 19 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March. 

     

  • crunch 12 hours 42 min ago (view)

    the toles update is worse than his troubled past.  toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years.  he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.

    hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.

     

  • jdrnym 15 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.

     

  • jdrnym 17 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?

    And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.

     

  • crunch 18 hours 23 min ago (view)

    though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.

    there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.

     

  • Cubster 18 hours 52 min ago (view)

    "In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."

     

  • crunch 20 hours 3 min ago (view)

    it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ.  they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.

    with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0).  now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 19 min ago (view)

    cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.

    he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.

    he's 38 years old, btw.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Bravo Crunch!

     

  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing.  also, ha.

     

  • Rob Richardson 2 days 51 min ago (view)

    How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups? 

     

  • Rob Richardson 2 days 59 min ago (view)

    Well said Crunch.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    1956 Cub Hoax...

    Hit .215, 5 HR. Age 28 season

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