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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  • crunch 10 hours 6 min ago (view)

    cubs in 11!

    7-2 record to start the year.

    the "socially distanced high-5s" in the middle of the infield is good stuff.

     

  • crunch 10 hours 43 min ago (view)

    schwarber/contreras...woo!

    been a while since i've seen a solid home plate collision...couldn't be avoided.

     

  • crunch 10 hours 57 min ago (view)

    game on...stupid rain delay...

     

  • Charlie 11 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Any other readers in southern Il.--are you blacked out of Cubs games? My dad is always blacked out as of this year even though MLB tv lists his zip as blacked out for Cards only.

     

  • Sonicwind75 12 hours 19 min ago (view)

    When then is ever over, gonna have to have some of them Magic City wings, they must be something!

     

  • Cubster 12 hours 35 min ago (view)

    For all the heat Lester took to this point, he's really "pitched" excellent in both starts. In fact, the entire starting staff has been really good. Bullpen not so much although I've liked Jeffress.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 46 min ago (view)

    cepedes is "opting out" of 2020, but didn't let the team properly know.  glad they found him.

     

  • Eric S 12 hours 59 min ago (view)

    60 game schedules are a perfect fit for Lester. Hell, if we know 2021 will also go 60, Cubs could do a lot worse than re-signing Big Jon

     

  • crunch 12 hours 59 min ago (view)

    we're 10-ish games in and the future is looking dim for finishing the season, much less forming a 16-team post-season.

    at this point it seems making it to playoffs with enough people to fill a roster is a wiser move than actually winning games.

     

  • Eric S 13 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Magic City wings could be in play here. 

     

  • Eric S 13 hours 5 min ago (view)

    👏👏👏

    Well done, Dr Cubster

     

  • Cubster 13 hours 7 min ago (view)

    more on Cardinals...

    Jeff Passan says: The latest round of coronavirus tests from the St. Louis Cardinals are, in the words of someone with the team, "not good." There are expected to be multiple new positives, sources tell ESPN. Cardinals took more tests this morning, and results of those should arrive by tonight.

    Robt Murray: The St. Louis Cardinals have multiple new positive tests, according to sources with direct knowledge.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 18 min ago (view)

    ...and no one seems to know where y.cespedes (NYM) is...didn't show up for the game today and isn't answering calls.  they're on the road @ATL.

     

  • Cubster 13 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Telecast with Len/JD saying that several more Cardinals tested positive this am. Can't find it on twitter or net yet.

    Another Pirate pitcher removed with injury. 

    KB in Covid protocol even though he had a negative rapid test today.

    This is stressful. 

     

  • crunch 13 hours 35 min ago (view)

    contreras breaks up the no-hitter with a double in the 5th.

    lester needs to throw a complete game today.

     

  • Cubster 16 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Norwood to  Chicago, IL (formerly DL). Shoulder inflammation.