Cubs @ Reds: Darvish vs. Gray (Game 40

CHC (25-14): RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.40 ERA)
CIN (18-24): RHP Sonny Gray (0-4, 4.15 ERA)
First pitch 5:40pmCDT

We're roughly a quarter of the way through this season. The Cubs are in first, Bryant is back on track, Baez and Contreras still look like All-Stars, and Hendricks has found his groove.

Darvish, however, still has no command of his pitches. The movement and velocity on his pitches remains great, but he misses the zone frequently and by wide margins. Batters' swing rates against him are down, 41.2% this year vs. 44.9% in his career. We haven't really seen him get batters to chase in his time as a Cub. He's gotten 26.6% and 26% chase rates this year and last vs. rates right around 30% in his years in Texas. Last time out, he was limited to four innings despite allowing only one run due to the combination of 6 walks and 7 strikeouts. There's almost no history between him and Reds' hitters, but Cincinnati's not a good place to struggle with walks.

Sonny Gray's been solid in 2019, improving on his strikeouts, groundouts, and homerun rate compared to 2018 with Yankees. His command has slipped a bit in the last two starts. On May 8, he went 4.1 against the Athletics allowing 5 walks and getting 3 strikeouts. Current Cubs are 2-14 against him with 1 strikeout and no walks.

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NBC Sports reporting Zobrist's leave of absence is due to divorce filings -- kind of what's been speculated but still sucks to hear.  So far story is that Zobrist filed for legal separation in Tennessee and Julianna filed for divorce in Chicago.  The separation filing from Ben says that Julianna "has been guilty of inappropriate marital conduct which render further cohabitation impossible." 

https://sports.yahoo.com/ben-zobrist-leave-absence...

so....no more of that stupid benny beeeeeeeeenny benny song on walkup?

as a fan who watches a lot of cubs games, this is a win.

as a human being, this is sad.

i choose to feel both emotions.

Bad news that the relationship was going poorly. The divorce itself might be good news for those involved.

Note: the quote comes from a Nashville Tennesseean article cited in the Yahoo article. Original source: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/willia...

heyward/bryant(1st)/baez/schwarber/bote(3rd)/almora/abusiveshithead(2nd)/davis/darvish

La Stella with a 4 hit day in the Angels 7-8 loss to the Twins — also hit his 11th home run of the season. 11 homers and only 8 Ks.  Could use that bat with Rizzo and Zobrist out ... but there’s Descalso! <crickets>

that deadly trout/lastella combo...

it's a shame their pitching is criminally bad outside of a few pen arms.

about 12 people in attendance for today's game.

yeah, this darvish/taylor thing isn't working again...5 pitches into the game.

pitch 8 wasn't any better...

or pitch 46...which was a pitchout...geez.

a.russell hits his first woman, i mean HR, of the season.

5.1ip 5h 0bb 11k, 2r/er for darvish

he leaves with no men on, but 102 pitches.  a few more deep counts than would be comfortable, but still a nice performance.

If I replace the name Yu Darvish with Rich Harden during Darvish’s starts I think I’d feel better about things. With the added bonus that this version of Harden didn‘t require the trade of a future MVP prospect like the Cubs provided the A’s in Josh Donaldson.

well...that movie sucked.  let's slash the seats.

1st extra inning loss for the cubs.

Oh well. Bullpen to a man not so good tonight. And the Cardinals lost. Yu with 11 Ks and no walks - lose the battle but win the war?

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  • jdrnym 8 hours 36 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 11 hours 2 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 15 hours 24 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 18 hours 15 min ago (view)

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

     

  • jdrnym 18 hours 17 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 34 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 20 hours 41 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 21 hours 5 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 21 hours 35 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 22 hours 46 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 23 hours 1 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 6 hours ago (view)

    Bravo Crunch!

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • Rob Richardson 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • Rob Richardson 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Well said Crunch.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    1956 Cub Hoax...

    Hit .215, 5 HR. Age 28 season

    https://www.ebay.com/i/153938295586?chn=ps