Tied for first
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The Cubs drew eight walks on Thursday: Rizzo (3), Contreras (2), Zobrist (2), and Bryant (1). The Cubs had the fifth most walks in baseball last season (576).
CUBS WALK LEADERS 2018
78 – Schwarber
70 – Rizzo
70 – Happ
55 – Zobrist
53 – Contreras
In his first season with Chicago, Yu Darvish struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning and managed just a single win in eight tries before hitting the shelf with a triceps strain and stress reaction on his right elbow. It’s hard to imagine the Cubs meet expectations this year without an effective Darvish in the rotation. He gets the start Saturday against his former mates in Texas.
Shin-Soo Choo expressed his displeasure with Ranger skipper Chris Woodward’s decision to sit him in favor of Hunter Pence in the season opener. Pence went 1-for-4. Choo is expected to be in the Rangers starting lineup Saturday.
NEXT STOP 52
Last season Choo reached base safely in 52 consecutive games, matching a personal best, and the longest such streak in the majors since 2007.
A lights-out bullpen was Milwaukee’s greatest strength in 2018. Not so fast this season. Jeremy Jeffress is currently on the injured list with shoulder weakness; Jimmy Nelson’s return from shoulder surgery is still an unknown; Josh Hader doesn’t pitch on consecutive days; and now comes the news that closer Corey Knebel is out for the year to undergo Tommy John surgery. The Brewers have enough pop to outslug opponents. But for how long? A bullpen that was expected to be the Brewers’ greatest asset has suddenly become a concerning liability.
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The Padres in-game entertainment will now include the Anchorman races. Costumed characters the likes of Ron Burgundy, Champ Kind, Brian Fantana and Brick Tamland will compete in similar fashion to the famous Sausage race in Milwaukee and the Presidents race in DC. Stay classy, San Diego.