Cubs vs. Giants: Darvish vs. Rodriguez (Game 126)
CHC (67-58): RHP Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.21 ERA)
SF (63-63): RHP Dereck Rodriguez (5-6, 4.79 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT
The Cubs kept pace with the Cardinals by winning their third in a row, pushing the Giants back down to .500 in the process. Darvish takes the mound today. He must be itching for a win after shutting out the Phillies for 7 innings, striking out 10, and getting a no decision in the process. On July 23 he allowed four earned runs to the Giants in six innings of work. Alex Dickerson took him deep and is 2-3 with a homerun and a double off of Darvish. As a group, current Giants are 16-77 off of the righty with a .552 OPS and 17 strikeouts to only two walks.
Dereck Rodriguez is suffering the sophomore slump, seeing his ERA go up to 4.79 from the 2.81 he posted in 118.1 innings last year. His strikouts are down, his walks are up, and his HR rate has doubled from the low .68 per nine innings he managed in 2018. Last time out he held the D-Backs scoreless through 7, allowing only three hits and one walk. Tony Kemp is 1-3 off of him and the remaining active Cubs who have faced him are 0-10 with four strikeouts.
Charlie 24 min 51 sec ago (view)
There are so many candidates. The early season losing streak comes painfully to mind.
Charlie 25 min 19 sec ago (view)
JHey's swing looks like it slipped into groundout mode. That Nico lineout was heartbreaking. :(
Charlie 26 min ago (view)
Threw Vanmeter a curve and changeup that both looked great on TV, though Vanmeter didn't offer.
Mike Wellman 2 hours 10 min ago (view)
First thing I'll point to, depending on the final order of finish, is the fact that, for the second year in a row we took the lead off of Hader in the 8th inning of a key late-season game @ Milwaukee & couldn't keep it. The second thing will be the game we led 5-0 after 7 & managed to lose. Nats next face Marlins. Cards come to town licking their chops/beaks to finish us off...
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 17 min ago (view)
They’re toast. Can’t finish games, can’t finish series, and it looks very much like they won’t finish this season.
Hagsag 6 hours 33 min ago (view)
The Cubbies are in a tough situation. If they make the playoffs, they will have earned it!. Enjoy the ride folks.
Eric S 13 hours 25 sec ago (view)
Reds win season series 11-8 - possibly the first thing you point to should the Cubs miss the post season
Eric S 13 hours 7 min ago (view)
Long looking swing for JHey ... and Nico - oof
Eric S 13 hours 8 min ago (view)
Heard Len say Descalso’s name and about had a heart attack. Then heard him say “pinch runner” and settled down a bit
Charlie 13 hours 12 min ago (view)
Contreras's receiving didn't do Norwood any favors in that Vanmeter at-bat. And Norwood needed some favors.
Eric S 13 hours 17 min ago (view)
Gotta do better than three hits in nine innings in a start by Mahle - this one is on the bats
crunch 13 hours 22 min ago (view)
4th pitcher of the inning coming in...neat
crunch 13 hours 27 min ago (view)
crunch 13 hours 34 min ago (view)
i'm all about kemp protecting a lead in the last few innings or getting to play after some pinch running, but that dude's bat is getting way too much work. now that getting him starts isn't a priority he's still getting a lot of early shots off the bench at the plate.
i hope to not see him next season.
Eric S 13 hours 37 min ago (view)
Until Russell gets off the concussion protocol and/or Baez returns, Kemp may be the best option at second for defense, but Bote certainly better there defensively than Happ or Zobrist
crunch 13 hours 47 min ago (view)
he made a killer play before that, but that sprinting clanker was ugly even if he was rushing it because of the runner speed.
that said, i would have little issue seeing him at 2nd over happ or zobrist. i like his play there.
he's played some straight junk 3rd base this year, which is weird because he played it well last year (short sample size etc)