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Cubbies Crib May 18, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Should the Cubs carry three catchers moving forward?

Much has been made of finding a way to keep Taylor Davis on the big league roster given his success with Yu Darvish. Can the Chicago Cubs make it work? The much-maligned Yu Darvish has struggled to throw consistent strikes in his time with the Chicago Cubs. However, in his last start against the Cincinnati […] Chicago Cubs: Should the Cubs carry three catchers moving forward? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib May 16, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish ready for the challenge of Jake Arrieta

The Chicago Cubs Yu Darvish is likely more excited to see Jake Arrieta than have to pitch against him. But he’s also aware of how good Arrieta was in his time in Chicago. After the Chicago Cubs‘ Yu Darvish walked off the mound having thrown 102 pitches versus the Cincinnati Reds, he had to feel […] Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish ready for the challenge of Jake Arrieta - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib May 16, 2019

Chicago Cubs blow late lead, lose in extras to Cincinnati Reds

The Chicago Cubs got a decent, but not lengthy start from Yu Darvish. But the bullpen gave up the lead in the eighth as the Cubs lost to the Reds in 10 innings. I know, always the optimist. The Chicago Cubs got a decent start from Yu Darvish as he went 5 1/3 innings allowing […] Chicago Cubs blow late lead, lose in extras to Cincinnati Reds - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue May 16, 2019
Reds 6, Cubs 5: An extra-inning loss, but an encouraging Yu Darvish

Reds 6, Cubs 5: An extra-inning loss, but an encouraging Yu Darvish

A rare bullpen failure cost the Cubs this game. The Cubs lost to the Reds 6-5 in 10 innings Wednesday evening, and for once in a Yu Darvish start, it wasn’t his fault. In fact, Darvish threw quite well in this game, perhaps his best start as a Cub. He struck out 11 — that’s 11 strikeouts out of 16 outs recorded — and more importantly, didn’t walk anyone. He threw 67 strikes in 102 pitches before Joe Maddon lifted him with one out in the sixth and a 3-2 lead. This is all very encouraging. If Darvish can keep throwing this way, the Cubs should win most of the games he starts. He...
Bleed Cubbie Blue May 16, 2019
Cub Tracks loses it late

Cub Tracks loses it late

Very little Ben Zobrist, thoughts about Yu’s thinking, Big Daddy’s birthday, and other bullets Final (10): Reds 6, Cubs 5. pic.twitter.com/mPFUMkM9Us— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 16, 2019 Today, in Yu Darvish news... he was pretty damn good. 11 Ks. And a hit! Probably the hit that Kris Bryant was supposed to get in regulars but whatcha gonna do? The gods of baseball are nothing if not capricious. Mike Marshall said “Baseball is an ass,” and he knew he was right. The bullpen said “Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day!” and provided the meatballs. Anthony didn’t play. Still,...
Red Reporter May 15, 2019
Game 43: Cubs at Reds (6:40 PM ET) - Darvish vs. Gray

Game 43: Cubs at Reds (6:40 PM ET) - Darvish vs. Gray

Just win, baby. Today's Lineups CUBS REDS Jason Heyward - RF Nick Senzel - CF Kris Bryant - 1B Joey Votto - 1B Javier Baez - SS Eugenio Suarez - 3B Kyle Schwarber - LF Jesse Winker - LF David Bote - 3B Yasiel Puig - RF Albert Almora Jr. - CF Derek Dietrich - 2B Addison Russell - 2B Jose Iglesias - SS Taylor Davis - C Sonny Gray - RHP Yu Darvish - RHP Tucker Barnhart - C
Red Reporter May 15, 2019
Cubs at Reds, Game 2 - Preview and Lineups

Cubs at Reds, Game 2 - Preview and Lineups

Sonny Gray takes on Yu Darvish. The bad news: the Cincinnati Reds lost the series opener to the Chicago Cubs last night. The good news: Kyle Hendricks is neither hitting nor pitching for the Cubs tonight. The standings in the NL Central now show the Reds trailing the 1st place Cubs by 8.5 games to date, and while it’s true that there are well over a hundred games left in the 2019 season, continually dropping in the standings is becoming increasingly insurmountable for these Reds - especially given how many players they could be tempted to move at the July 31st trade deadline. So, it would...
Bleed Cubbie Blue May 15, 2019
The Cubs should try Yu Darvish at closer

The Cubs should try Yu Darvish at closer

Wait, hear me out. The solution to the Cubs’ closer issue might be in their clubhouse already. Yu Darvish has made eight starts this year, and he’s scheduled to start again tonight at Cincinnati against the Reds. (FWIW, Darvish, who is a pretty bad hitter, hit his only career home run at GABP.) I’m here to tell you that I think Darvish could be a good closer. We already know that Darvish can dial his fastball up to 98 or 99 miles per hour. Here are a couple of examples from his April 15 start in Miami. 98 miles per hour to Lewis Brinson [VIDEO] Your browser does not support HTML5...
Blog Red Machine May 15, 2019

Cincinnati Reds have a must-win game against Yu Darvish

It’s very early in the season to call any game a “must-win”, but tonight’s game against Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs is just that for the Cincinnati Reds. Last night’s 3-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs was unfortunate. The Cincinnati Reds‘ pitchers played good enough for the team to win, but the bats were […] Cincinnati Reds have a must-win game against Yu Darvish - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib May 12, 2019

Chicago Cubs fans are feeling deja vu with this one Yu Darvish statistic

Chicago Cubs hurler Yu Darvish has had an up-and-down season to date, but one stat points out just how rough things have been for him thus far in 2019. It doesn’t take a baseball expert or someone who writed about the Chicago Cubs on a regular basis to see that it hasn’t been all sunshines […] Chicago Cubs fans are feeling deja vu with this one Yu Darvish statistic - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue May 10, 2019
2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 35

2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 35

Cubs take three of four from Marlins with 4-1 win Welcome back, Mike Montgomery! Mike got into his first game today after Yu Darvish had a weird outing. Yu’s line: 4 IP, 1 H, 1R, 6 BB, 7 K. All of the walks and strikeouts elevated Yu’s pitch count and thus even with a lead, he was done after four. The Cubs turned to Mike Montgomery who had been stretched out as a starter in his time in the minors. Mike then pitched the final five innings to close out what was ultimately a 4-1 win for the Cubs. I can’t say this often enough or clearly enough. Today the Cubs don’t have a closer...
Bleed Cubbie Blue May 9, 2019
Cubs 4, Marlins 1: The Bryzzo Souvenir Co. sends baseballs into the bleachers

Cubs 4, Marlins 1: The Bryzzo Souvenir Co. sends baseballs into the bleachers

... and Mike Montgomery shows Yu Darvish some things about pitching. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant homered in the same game for the 22nd time and second time this year (H/T: Chris Kamka) and the Cubs defeated the Marlins 4-1 at Wrigley Field, winning the series three games to one and increasing their N.L. Central lead over the Brewers to a full game, awaiting Milwaukee’s arrival at Wrigley Field for a three-game series beginning Friday. There’s an elephant in the room here and I’ll get to that anon. First, KB, with one out in the bottom of the first [VIDEO]. Your browser does not...
Call to the Pen May 6, 2019

How to Fix Chicago Cubs Starting Pitcher Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish has struggled since he signed with the Chicago Cubs. Darvish has been an Ace before so let’s figure out a way to fix him and make him better. The Chicago Cubs beat the Cardinals in dramatic fashion yesterday getting an unlikely home run from the real-life Crash Davis.  Then, Javier Baez crushed a […] How to Fix Chicago Cubs Starting Pitcher Yu Darvish - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib May 4, 2019

The Chicago Cubs Yu Darvish has a chance to win back his critics

The Chicago Cubs’ Yu Darvish continues to get better with each start. It’s time to feed off of the other starters success in a big game against the Cardinals. For the Chicago Cubs‘ Yu Darvish, the 2018 season plus the first three games this season were forgettable. I know many think he’s a waste of […] The Chicago Cubs Yu Darvish has a chance to win back his critics - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Apr 30, 2019

Chicago Cubs need more from Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish this season

Kyle Hendricks and Yu Darvish are supposed to be two key pieces in the Chicago Cubs rotation. Instead, they’ve emerged as major question marks early in 2019. The Chicago Cubs have rebounded nicely after a disastrous start to the season, entering Tuesday’s matchup with the Seattle Mariners just three games behind the division-leading St. Louis […] Chicago Cubs need more from Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish this season - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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