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Cubbies Crib Sep 13, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Where would the team be without Yu Darvish this year?

Coming off a horrendous 2018 campaign, one has to wonder where this year’s Chicago Cubs team would be without the work of Yu Darvish. Yu Darvish has come a long way. After signing a six-year, $126 million contract in Feb. 2018, the team expected Darvish to boost a Chicago Cubs pitching staff that saw Jake […] Chicago Cubs: Where would the team be without Yu Darvish this year? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Darvish, Cubs strike out Padres' chances of winning series

Darvish, Cubs strike out Padres' chances of winning series

Patient Padres left scoreless against Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish, who strikes out 14
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 12, 2019
Cubs 4, Padres 1: Yu Darvish’s afternoon — KKꓘKꓘꓘꓘKꓘKKKKꓘ

Cubs 4, Padres 1: Yu Darvish’s afternoon — KKꓘKꓘꓘꓘKꓘKKKKꓘ

Photo by Denis Poroy/ Yu Darvish was a strikeout machine and the Cubs looked good in taking the final game of the road trip. Right now, if the Cubs needed to win a wild-card game on the road, I think I’d choose Yu Darvish to start it. Darvish struck out 14, his most as a Cub and one short of his career high, in a completely dominating performance and the Cubs took the final game of the series from the Padres 4-1. Of the 22 batters Darvish faced, just six put the ball in play — two hits and four outs. It was an utterly dominating performance, strikeouts on fastballs, cutters,...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 8, 2019
2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 141

2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 141

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Cubs lose second straight 3-2 It took all of three games on this road trip for me to feel wrong about my recent upturn in optimism. I was of the mistaken impression that this team was healthier than it actually is. I did not realize that the Cubs were in such a poor state of health that Willson Contreras, Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez and Yu Darvish were all going to be limited on this trip. Contreras sat out the loss on Friday night. That made sense to me. Willy wasn’t going to start every game. But not starting Saturday against a lefthander? A lefthander who...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 7, 2019
A look at the Cubs’ second-half starting pitching

A look at the Cubs’ second-half starting pitching

Yu Darvish pitches against the Mets at the end of August | Photo by Rich Schultz/ ... as we head into the final 22 games Yesterday I spent some time looking at the Cubs offense since the trade deadline. Today I wanted to do the same thing with the pitching staff. So this is going to go basically the same way yesterday did: a look at the league, a look at the rotation in the second half, and a look at individual pitchers. The league This may surprise you given the constant state of angst over the rotation, but the Cubs have the nint- best rotation by fWAR across MLB...just like they have...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 7, 2019
Yu Darvish knows exactly when his forearm tightness started

Yu Darvish knows exactly when his forearm tightness started

Photo by Justin K. Aller/ The righthander seems really in tune with his body and pitching. Yu Darvish was scratched from his last scheduled start, which was supposed to be last Sunday at Wrigley Field, with what was described as “forearm tightness.” That sounds ominous, but he’ll start Saturday night against the Brewers. Darvish said he’d been bothered by this for some time, and knows exactly when it began: “This started July 3 at Pittsburgh,” Darvish recalled Friday. “I threw a two-seamer to (Colin) Moran in the sixth inning. That was the first time.” Fascinating. A...
Cubbies Crib Sep 4, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Trying to view a Yu Darvish skipped start as positive

The Chicago Cubs skipped Yu Darvish in the rotation this weekend. Is it wrong to try to put a positive spin on the right-hander’s forearm soreness? Since the Chicago Cubs woes in the season’s first weeks, the 2019 campaign has been a roller coaster ride – and if you’re wondering, I’m not a big fan. […] Chicago Cubs: Trying to view a Yu Darvish skipped start as positive - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Sep 1, 2019

Chicago Cubs tap Tyler Chatwood to start for injured Yu Darvish

The Chicago Cubs send right-hander Tyler Chatwood to the mound in lieu of Yu Darvish, who is sidelined with forearm tightness that’s spanned five outings. One day removed from dropping a 2-0 decision at home to the Milwaukee Brewers and the first-place St. Louis Cardinals winning both ends of their first of two doubleheaders this […] Chicago Cubs tap Tyler Chatwood to start for injured Yu Darvish - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Brew Crew Ball Sep 1, 2019
Game Thread #136: Milwaukee Brewers (69-66) @ Chicago Cubs (73-62)

Game Thread #136: Milwaukee Brewers (69-66) @ Chicago Cubs (73-62)

Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports Gio Gonzalez (2-2, 4.34 ERA) vs. Tyler Chatwood (5-2, 4.24 ERA) A strong pitching performance from the Brewers on Saturday means the team has a chance to take the series against the Cubs this afternoon at Wrigley Field. There are plenty of reinforcements available with expanded rosters taking effect today, but Gio Gonzalez will get the ball first for the Brewers. He was scheduled to face Yu Darvish, but in a potential break for the Brewers, Darvish was scratched with forearm tightness and Tyler Chatwood will get the start instead in what might become a...
Cubbies Crib Aug 28, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish puts it all together in a dominant showing

Yu Darvish arguably turned in his best start as a member of the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball against the New York Mets. Although Yu Darvish was admittedly disappointed to see his walk-less streak come to an end in the fifth inning, I, for one, was totally fine with it. […] Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish puts it all together in a dominant showing - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 28, 2019
2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 131

2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 131

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Cubs snap losing streak with 5-2 win over Mets With their backs nearing the wall, the Cubs needed some Heroes. After every game we name three Heroes and three Goats. Sometimes, those three heroes sometimes make big collective contributions in a win, sometimes nominal contributions in a loss. On Tuesday night, the Cubs got three very large contributions that lead to a much needed win. Two of those contributions were from what I’ll call secondary contributors. The other was from one of their core stars. Yu Darvish has been pitching better for a while now. On...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 28, 2019
Cubs 5, Mets 2: Yu Darvish dominates and the ballclub wins on the road

Cubs 5, Mets 2: Yu Darvish dominates and the ballclub wins on the road

Photo by Rich Schultz/ The Cubs won the first game of a three-game series at New York. It’s been clear for some time that the Cubs would have to begin winning games away from Wrigley Field in order to make the postseason for the fifth straight season. Tuesday’s solid 5-2 win over the Mets in New York was a good first step to doing that through the last five weeks of the season. They got outstanding pitching from Yu Darvish and Javier Baez came out of a slump with a 3-for-3 night, including a home run and two doubles. Javy had a TOOTBLAN after the first of the two doubles. It came in...
New York Post Aug 28, 2019

Mets must be more than Pete Alonso, or it’s over

The crowd stood and rocked Citi Field, the theme to “The Natural” mixing in to create a soundtrack of hope, appreciation, euphoria. Pete Alonso had turned the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth — a 92 mph Yu Darvish fastball — into history. The Polar Bear outdoing a Cub. Alonso went 402 feet...
Amazin Avenue Aug 27, 2019
Final Score: Cubs 5, Mets 2—It’s Not What Yu Want

Final Score: Cubs 5, Mets 2—It’s Not What Yu Want

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports Pete hit a franchise record 42nd home run of the season, but the team didn’t do much against Yu Darvish. Pete Alonso led off the fourth inning with his 42nd home run of the season, which set a new franchise single-season mark. It was all downhill from there for the New York Mets, who went quietly into the night as they fell 5-2 to the Chicago Cubs. The game was billed as a critical test for the team and a golden opportunity to make up ground in the NL Wild Card race. Instead, the offense couldn’t figure out Yu Darvish aside from Alonso’s...
NorthJersey.com Aug 27, 2019
NY Mets, Chicago Cubs announce Tuesday lineups

NY Mets, Chicago Cubs announce Tuesday lineups

Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.43) will start for the Cubs, while Marcus Stroman (1-0, 4.58) will go for the Mets.        

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