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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  • Eric S 44 min 33 sec ago (view)

    Another lefty Padre starter and JHey gets a breather.  Robel in LF (batting 5th) Almora CF (leadoff) and Bryant in RF

     

  • Charlie 2 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Mike Leake? Check that guy's locker for a genie lamp.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 hours 29 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, your writeup here suggests a player on the restricted list in Zobrist’s situation cannot be reinstated between August 1 and October 31. Does Zobrist actually have to be reinstated this month to play at all the rest of the season?

    https://www.thecubreporter.com/restricted-list

     

  • crunch 11 hours 28 min ago (view)

    base hit to lead off top 9th...aww.

    killer performance and there should be enough in the tank to easily get the CG (only 79 pitches).

     

  • crunch 11 hours 55 min ago (view)

    m.leake (SEA) perfect through 7ip, 67 pitches

     

  • crunch 12 hours 28 min ago (view)

    STL down by 7...so they score 10 in the 6th...and barely manage to win a 12-11 game.

     

  • Craig A. 15 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Of course, the Cubs knew he was delicate when they signed him, but Maddon pushed him anyway. How much value is there to an elite player who can’t be used very much?

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Bote’s numbers trending down unfortunately - not far from Russell‘s

     

  • bradsbeard 17 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Bryant’s always been pretty good in LF. It’s RF where he looks most awkward to me. Something about staying on the left side of the field maybe. I think you’ll see Bryant and Schwarber platooned in LF going forward, though that might depend on Bote’s ability to start hitting LHP again. 

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Cubs win and this Kimbrel pickup paying dividends

     

  • crunch 18 hours 31 min ago (view)

    ha.

    he's a low level jerk, but i find it hard to hate the guy when he doesn't try ducking an interview to explain wtf his problem is.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Too many of our relief arms have excelled at blowing late leads. Strop and Edwards have been the primary ones.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 37 min ago (view)

    He’s sipping drinks on a beach?

    Could he be Mai Tai Guy???

     

  • crunch 18 hours 45 min ago (view)

    SD defense is the player of the game.

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Should the Cubs go on to win this game ... wow.  Some crazy-stupid self inflicted damage that they’ve somehow skirted. 

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Strop has become very adroit at blowing leads giving up the long ball (same thing last Friday coming off the all star break?)