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 Chatwoodโ€˜s wildness/high pitchcount issues. Looks like that role may/should continue with Darvishโ€™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 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

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โ€œI wish I can but Iโ€™m fat lolโ€

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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    Dale Murphy @DaleMurphy3

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  • crunch 16 hours 35 min ago (view)

    ...but now there's this...

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  • crunch 19 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
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