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 39 min 24 sec ago (view)

    And Joe pinch hits for Descalso again today - now 205/277/316 on the year. But no need to put a jumpy-jump in the parking lot during spring training like they did last year for TLS so it balances out. 

     

  • crunch 1 hour 2 min ago (view)

    tommy lastella hit his 12th homer of the year...grand slam.

     

  • tim815 1 hour 34 min ago (view)

    Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 47 min ago (view)

    aww...cubs were a pest all game, but couldn't overcome.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 50 min ago (view)

    omfg chatwood...with the bat.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 52 min ago (view)

    RIP heyward's bat.

    shout out to bo jackson...that was a clean break.

    it was a swing/miss with no contact so it's doubtful it was a cracked bat.

     

  • Eric S 3 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Bullpen reclamation project Kyle Ryan’s ERA now 5.06. Bummer

     

  • crunch 3 hours 35 min ago (view)

    wow baez...also, wow rizzo.

    call overturned, but that was a hell of an "almost" play.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 25 min ago (view)

    he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.

    he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.

    he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.

     

  • VirginiaPhil 6 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Control problems?

     

  • crunch 6 hours 55 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso / lester / bote

    i guess we're in for 2-20 random games of "pitcher hits 8th" before suddenly deciding that's not a thing anymore...again

     

  • crunch 13 hours 17 min ago (view)

    it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.

    he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.

     

  • Hagsag 14 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.

     

  • QuietMan 22 hours 48 min ago (view)

    https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1131372145458782209

     

  • crunch 23 hours 7 min ago (view)

    ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!

    way to break a tie.

     

  • crunch 23 hours 53 min ago (view)

    rizzoh!!