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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  • Charlie 5 hours 38 min ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 41 min ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 58 min ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.

    Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 9 min ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 

     

  • crunch 23 hours 20 min ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter meetings...video/audio

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1ypKdBvlvzyJW

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    jeremy jeffress agrees.

     

  • Rob Richardson 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    as awesome as bryant is, it would probably be good for the cubs to find him a new home before his play at 3rd turns him into a corner OF'r...which seems inevitable sooner than later.

    i'm still impressed how much his D improved since he was drafted, but he's already losing a step at the position early in his career.

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    minor league ballplayers will no longer have to worry about getting suspended for testing positive for weed...it's off the prohibited substances list.

    about time.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    3B Alec Bohm and RHSP Spencer Howard would likely be the Cubs asking price and the Phils probably say no, but if they don't say no, that could be a deal. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine
    Cubs have had talks with Phils on Bryant. Nothing there at the moment. Service time grievance still an issue.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Humerous 30 minutes this morning when both Mark Gonzalez and Gordon Wittenmyer tweeted out that the Cubs would be receiving Conor Lillis-White as the PTBNL in the Tommy La Stella trade as if it were just now happening. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    marvin miller and ted simmons are part of the next HOF class.

    long time coming for miller.

     

  • crunch 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    things that are important to good on-field play like buying up all the property around wrigley field, from rooftops to acerage, isn't going to monetize itself.

    i know some people would love to have a top tier pitcher, but i'm looking forward to more control of rooftop advertising and an open air beer garden near the team owned hotel and resturant complexes.

    i know some people want a solid leadoff man, but i'm looking forward to seeing 10-20 concerts on off-days destroying the playing field so that extra revenue can help a polician in Nebraska or Iowa get some ad buys.