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Cubbies Crib Sep 9, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Injuries piling up at the wrong time in the season

In late August, it appeared as if the Chicago Cubs may soon be nearing full strength. Instead, a new bevy of injuries has struck the roster this month. Remember those days? Yu Darvish, Kris Bryant and Brandon Morrow were all on the disabled list at the time. But all three seemed to be making progress toward […] Chicago Cubs: Injuries piling up at the wrong time in the season - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Sep 6, 2018
2018 is Joe Maddon’s best managerial job with the Cubs

2018 is Joe Maddon’s best managerial job with the Cubs

Without Joe, the Cubs might miss the playoffs this year. Earlier today BCB’s Tim Huwe wrote this essay asking why people complain all the time about Joe Maddon’s managing. I’m here to tell you that not only do I agree with Tim, but that in the four seasons Joe has managed the Cubs, the 2018 season is by far his best work. Let’s say, back in spring training, someone told you all of these things were going to happen during the 2018 season: Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood would combine for 31 appearances (28 starts) and have a 5.15 ERA over 141⅔ innings, and that Chatwood would be...
Cubbies Crib Sep 5, 2018

Chicago Cubs: September is make-or-break time for Jose Quintana

After a tumultuous first full season with the Chicago Cubs, Jose Quintana’s performance in September could be definitive for his success in the postseason. Between injuries to Yu Darvish and the struggles experienced by Tyler Chatwood and Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs starters have trended like a bell curve all year. While nearly every arm on […] Chicago Cubs: September is make-or-break time for Jose Quintana - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 30, 2018
Grading the Cubs starters at the three-quarters mark of the 2018 season

Grading the Cubs starters at the three-quarters mark of the 2018 season

A look at the Cubs starting pitching as they enter the last quarter of the season The Cubs are in first place heading into the last thirty or so games of the season despite their starting pitching. The rotation has been up and down this season, although lately there have been some flashes of brilliance. Consider all of the following: Yu Darvish hasn’t pitched since May 20. He was pulled after a brief rehab start and a stress reaction in his elbow has sidelined him for the rest of 2018. The Cubs other big offseason pitching acquisition, Tyler Chatwood, has been moved to the bullpen....
Cubbies Crib Aug 25, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish diagnosis raises questions about training staff

Since Joe Maddon took the helm of the Chicago Cubs, the club has been remarkably fortunate with injuries. That is, until this season. Looking back to 2015, the Chicago Cubs have been very fortunate with injuries. Aside from the Kyle Schwarber freak accident in Arizona, no major player missed significant time in any of the […] Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish diagnosis raises questions about training staff - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Aug 24, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Darvish is tougher than Yu think

After getting chastised by fans all season, a recent MRI uncovered the underlying cause of Yu Darvish’s struggles and constant pain in his arm. Earlier this season, the Chicago Cubs shut down big right-hander Yu Darvish for the rest of the 2018 season. He received big-time flak from fans and the media due to the […] Chicago Cubs: Darvish is tougher than Yu think - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 24, 2018
Yu Darvish opens up about his injury-filled season in a blog post

Yu Darvish opens up about his injury-filled season in a blog post

The Cubs righthander wrote eloquently about this year. Yu Darvish was recently diagnosed with an elbow stress reaction after he threw one inning in a rehab start for Class A South Bend last Sunday. A couple of days later, he was ruled out for the rest of the 2018 season. And a couple of days after that, Darvish opened up in a long, detailed post on his personal blog (link in Japanese). This post was helpfully translated into English and sent out in this tweet: Yu Darvish’s blog entry from 8/22/18. Translated to English by @mikaotx...
Cubbies Crib Aug 22, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Team acquires Daniel Murphy, loses Yu Darvish for year

The Chicago Cubs shored up the offense, picking up Daniel Murphy off waivers, while also learning they’ll be without Yu Darvish for the rest of 2018. It’s hard to say whether Chicago Cubs fans consider Tuesday to be a good day, bad day or something in-between. Likely the latter, as Theo Epstein hopes his waiver […] Chicago Cubs: Team acquires Daniel Murphy, loses Yu Darvish for year - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
SportsDay Aug 21, 2018
Cubs' Yu Darvish out for year with elbow, triceps injury

Cubs' Yu Darvish out for year with elbow, triceps injury

If the Chicago Cubs make another deep playoff run this season, they will do it with one less Ex-Rangers ace.The Cubs announced Tuesday that right-hander Yu Darvish will miss the rest of the season after pitching just one inning in a rehab start for Class A South Bend on Sunday. An MRI revealed a stress reaction on his right pitching elbow as well as a triceps strain."A stress reaction is a precursor to a stress fracture," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Tuesday. "There is no fracture. A stress reaction or bone bruise requires six weeks of down time and rest....
Lone Star Ball Aug 21, 2018
Yu Darvish out for the year

Yu Darvish out for the year

Former Ranger and current Cub pitcher Yu Darvish will miss the rest of the season due to elbow and triceps issues Yu Darvish, the former Texas Rangers ace who is now a member of the Chicago Cubs, will miss the rest of the season after an MRI revealed as a stress reaction in his elbow and a triceps strain. Darvish removed himself from a rehab start this weekend after feeling pain, and requested an MRI. It’s a sad ending to what has been a disappointing season for Darvish, who signed with the Cubs this past offseason as a free agent. Darvish ends the year with a 4.95 ERA over 40 innings...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 21, 2018
Yu Darvish is out for the rest of 2018

Yu Darvish is out for the rest of 2018

This isn’t really a big surprise. The pose above is what we’ve become accustomed to seeing from Yu Darvish — sitting in the Cubs dugout, hoping to come back and participate in the 2018 season. And now, we have learned he won’t: Darvish stress reaction on tip of elbow, out for year— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) August 21, 2018 I’m not exactly sure what a “stress reaction on the tip of an elbow” is, but that’s apparently what’s happened to Darvish, and the Cubs have shut him down for the rest of the season. That means they’ll have to count on others to make up the...
Cubbies Crib Aug 21, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein whiffed last winter – and it might not matter

In a rare miss, Theo Epstein whiffed last offseason in signing Tyler Chatwood and Yu Darvish. Still, if the Chicago Cubs overcome, it might not matter. Unmitigated disaster. Normally, when I look at the Chicago Cubs through the lens of either a writer or fan, I try to keep at least some semblance of optimism. […] Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein whiffed last winter – and it might not matter - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bless You Boys Aug 21, 2018
Behind Enemy Lines: Q&A with Bleed Cubbie Blue

Behind Enemy Lines: Q&A with Bleed Cubbie Blue

We talk Javier Baez and trade deadline moves with Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue. The Detroit Tigers will face off against the Chicago Cubs for the second time this season, this time with the home field advantage. We took a moment to talk to Al Yellon, managing editor of Bleed Cubbie Blue, SB Nation’s excellent Cubs community, about the team’s health setbacks, their potential postseason run, and which very surprising Tiger has them nervous this series. BYB: How much have the Yu Darvish and Kris Bryant health situations set the Cubs back, do you think? BCB: Losing both these players’...

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