Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Darvish vs. Godley (Game 25)

CHC (12-12): RHP Yu Darvish (1-3, 5.96 ERA)
ARZ (16-11): RHP Zack Godley (1-1, 6.67 ERA)
First pitch 7:10pmCDT

Darvish went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs to take a loss against the Diamondbacks last time out. He has yet to get through the 6th inning in a start and has suffered troubles with both walks and homeruns this season. The stuff has been there but the command has not.

Zack Godley was a Cubs' farmhand until 2014 when he was one prospect sent to ARZ in exchange for Miguel Montero. The Diamondbacks used him as a starter and he debuted with them way back in 2015. In 2017 he broke out and has been a quality mid-rotation starter since. He's started 2019 a bit slow, however. In his last start, he only went 4 innings and gave up more walks than strikeouts.

Comments

descalso/bryant(RF)/rizzo/baez/bote(3rd)/heyward(CF)/davis/schwarber/darvish

awful 28 pitch 1st for darvish leading to 0 runs scored even though the 1ip 1h 1bb 2k line looks decent enough on the surface (HBP thrown in there for good measure, btw)

56 pitches through 2ip..

2ip 1h 3bb 3k, 0r/er...he's thrown a couple at batter's heads, unintentionally.  one was on the pitcher, behind his head.

his command has been awfully sporatic.

A couple of those pitches looked like they slipped out of his hand.

he pulled it together nicely, at least

6ip 2h 4bb 8k, 1r/er

bote!!!!

massive HR to LF (just below the 2nd deck off the sign)...469ft estimate.

cubs score 5 runs in the 3rd after 2 outs (1st run came on a balk).  nice.

make it a 2HR night for bote...

bote hit by pitch and benches slowly clear...descalso is livid, but the scene seems to be low key...here come some warnings.

joe maddon gets his 400th cubs win.

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  • Hagsag 19 min 39 sec ago (view)

    Are ther any FA starting pitchers that would be an addition to take a starting spot?

     

  • QuietMan 12 hours 3 min ago (view)

    I'm thinking players should demand that this be added to their list.  "Sorry Honey, can't do it."

    Thanks Phil.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 4 min ago (view)

    or washing the dishes turns out to be popping wheelies on a motorcycle riding around scottsdale...

    jeff kent deserves to be in the HOF...lou whitaker needs to get in first...

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 40 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: Once the MLB regular season starts, the "Practice Squad" will be a sub-group of the Club Player Pool, as will be the MLB Active List roster and the various MLB injured lists. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Q-MAN: Yes, unless "washing the dishes" is listed as a forbidden off-field activity in his contract 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 14 min ago (view)

    oh boy...chatwood and a.mills in the rotation...because the minor league system sure as hell don't have much to offer for competition.

     

  • QuietMan 16 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Non Baseball related injury.  Does he still get paid?

     

  • Ryno 16 hours 16 min ago (view)

    A digital nerve sounds like something that would be repaired with a copper wire and solder.

     

  • Cubster 16 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Per Sun-Times: Jose Quintana out two weeks after cutting a digital nerve in his pitching  left thumb and requiring microsurgery to repair the nerve, from a kitchen dishwashing accident last week. Hard to say what impact that might have on his repertoire. The sensation can take 2-3 months to return if the repair is successful.

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 3 hours 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 1 day 5 hours 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 1 day 10 hours 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 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 15 hours 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 1 day 15 hours 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.