Game Post 5/26: Update Darvish to DL


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Saturday: 6:15 pm CT on FOX/670AM



3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
5. Mac Williamson (R) LF
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B


1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
6. Ian Happ (S) CF
7. Javier Baez (R) SS
8. Jason Heyward (L) RF
9. Jose Quintana (R) P
Bullpen Usage

via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Chris StrattonChris Stratton has thrown 2,192 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Curve (78mph), Slider (84mph), Change (84mph) and Sinker(91mph).

His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical and has essentially average velo. His curve has sweeping glove-side movement and has a sharp downward bite. His slider has exceptional depth, has short glove-side cut and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His change has some natural sink to it. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has surprisingly little armside run.

Sean's Note: Stratton is another pitcher with low ground ball rates. There is no significant platoon advantage for righties or lefties against him. He has been hit hard in May with an ERA over 6.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs made a roster move before the game shipping Victor Caratini to Iowa and bringing up Chris Gimenez. This is not a surprising move, Gimenez was reaching a June 1 opt out to become a free agent if he stayed at AAA. Look for him to start catching Yu Darvish as soon as Sunday night. Ben Zobrist is hitting lead off on his 37th birthday. He should get the majority of starts a top the order the rest of the season. Jose Quintana looks to build off his quality start in Cincinnati last weekend.

Update: Looks like Gimenez won't catch Darvish on Sunday. As Yu has been placed on the DL with right triceps tendonitis. Tyler Chatwood will start Sunday, and Monday is yet to be determined.

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  • Hot night at Wrigley with no wind to speak of. Summer baseball weather, and the perfect conditions for a virus to spread. Hopefully it is the Cubs' offense that is contagious.

    Quintana goes 7 to further solidify the painfully slow progression of the starting staff. Javy has a game, and another notable offensive performance bumps Quintana's impressive outing down to the third star. Cubs win, a lot to a little.

    Go Cubs!

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Quintana couldn't make it thru 7 innings vs a good A ball team. The guy sucks.

  • Happy Memorial Day, everyone. Don't forget to thank all those who have served and even paid the ultimate price so that we can enjoy baseball and banter back and forth on a website.

    I'm going to cater and pit-master a benefit on Monday. Give back in any way you can, even if you think it may be insignificant. The intent is what is noticed, and they have earned it.

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    I would just like to add that we thank not only those who serve or who have given their lives for our country but their families as well.
    At some point tomorrow, between all the activities, take a second and say thanks.
    Go Cubs!!

  • Concerning to say the least on darvish I certainly hope that's not a precursor to Tommy John. Just as it seems like he's starting to figure things out this happens very unfortunate timing and I just hope that he comes back healthy and that this doesn't threaten to derail his 1st Cubs season. Very unfortunate

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    It's usually forearm or elbow pain that are precursors to tommy john. Bicep and tricep tendinitis is a pretty common injury for pitchers

  • In reply to bolla:

    Thanks for the info bolla and good to know. I'm more concerned with how this affects him long term than just a start or 2 but concerning all this time he's missing thus far

  • In reply to bolla:

    Except for Arrieta who doesn’t know what the DL is.....

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    We've had an amazing run of health with our starting staff for a few years now. You know what they say about regression to the norm. I'm actually more concerned about the health of Quintana's arm.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    I know people can have multiple TJ surgeries now a days, but he had in 2015, so most likely its just a precaution. We will see when the publish the test results. Hopefully he makes his next start next saturday.

  • It’s still early in Yu Garbish’s contract, so hopefully he turns it around. But history has shown that people are only excited about a $100m, 30+ free agent pitcher the day he is signed. I guess it was a down free agent class and a big market team like the Cubs can’t really do nothing.

  • In reply to Cubswin09:

    It's still early but a physical issue is about the last thing that I want to hear with darvish at this timing too. At least if he's just slumping there's plenty of season to turn things around but you hate to see triceps issues in his very 1st season. I really hope it's minor and he can bounce back whereas I wasn't that concerned with his long term outlook when he was just slumping earlier this year, A triceps injury is disturbing and hopefully we get some good news on that front because having darvish bust due to injury would be a huge setback for this organization. Why couldn't otani have chosen us instead lol

  • What's the over/under on the exit velocity on quintana today? 115mph? I hate watching this nibbling WIMP pitch. I'm only watching until the warriors vs rockets game starts

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    Really bad time at bat by Baez

  • Bolla, there’s your boy Schwarber saying hello.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Schwarber has a habit of launching balls that the RF simply turns to admire. I think he needs a dedicated fan section. Anyone remember the very short-lived "Maas-tops" from Yankee Stadium in what, 1990? That could play in the Wrigley bleachers.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Nice call. That is hilarious.

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    In reply to rbrucato:

    Good now trade Schwarber before the bottom falls out on his season. The cubs will be sellers at the trade deadline this year. You heard it here first. Let the rebuild begin.

  • And then your boy Q gives it right back. Gotta love baseball.

  • Sadly, the Giants play their home games when a lot of the country is asleep. The last two games Cubs fans have gotten to see what I get to see often: the best defensive shortstop in the league.

  • In reply to Cubswin09:

    That was sweet.

  • El Mago.

  • Not happy with Joe always pulling our SP so damn early. This is getting stupid. When pitchers have a short leash they cannot just free wheel it. They end up pitching always looking over their shoulder. Joe needs to change this. It is killing our pen and damaging our SP’s ability to go deep into games. His bullpen management is suspect at best.

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    I know I’m not the only one who thinks Albert would have caught that ball. He sees the ball better. Now Q gave up the hits so this isn’t an indictment of only Happ. Happ has been better and at times he should take playing time from JHey. I realize that he is a GG outfielder but the RF in Wrigley is smaller that other fields so Happ would have an easier time there. Let’s leave Albert in CF.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I'm pretty sure Almora catches that one too. Happ's first instinct was back to his left, but almost like his feet were in cement. So slow jump and bad start on his route to the ball.

  • Jose quintana everyone.Can't make it thru 5 again. What a Great acquisition

  • In reply to bolla:

    Right up there with Darvish, Heyward and Chatwood.

  • He pulls Q with a base open to face Longoria with Belt behind him. So he let’s Belt get a favorable 2 out matchup vs Cishek instead of facing the LHP in Q.

    Thanks Joe (my Lee Elia rant just took place)

  • I've defended Q as much as anyone but for me this is probably his most disappointing start of the year with the way he had it going early on and unraveled. I know we can't jump to any conclusions about one game in baseball in general but it's hard not to be frustrated with some of theos recent moves that seemingly sacrificed the long term for the short term which is the opposite of what he's preached. and I say this as someone who considers him to be in the conversation for best baseball executive ever

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    You're preaching to the choir. I did not like the quintana trade AT ALL. Thought it was a big time overpay for an overrated pitcher. Now the cubs farm is barren with mediocre fringe prospects in triple and double a.

    For your sanity don't even look at what jimenez and cease are doing right now. Theo messed up big time with the heyward signing and quintana trade imo. Now the cubs options to improve are limited because the farm sucks and heywards contract is an albatross sunken cost.

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    In reply to bolla:

    Yes, we get it.

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    In reply to bolla:

    Theo destroyed the cubs dynasty by getting greedy and thinking he could win it all last year when in fact the cubs probably weren't even the 3rd best team in the NL...let alone in all of MLB. Let the rebuild begin...

  • I thought Wilson screwed up that play. He was too far in front of home. Let the ball travel further to you and then you don’t have to reach to make the tag.

  • It's frustrating to see your starting pitcher cough up the lead so easily. Two leads coughed up this game, and 2 leads coughed up 2 games ago for Q. He seems to have a habit of doing that this year. Let's hope it is an anomaly. But to me, nothing says quality starter more than the guy who holds the lead when his teammates score runs for him.

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