CHC 1- STL 2 *10 innings
The last week has been an all-or-nothing approach — hit it over the fence, or don’t score.
Too many strikeouts.
Not enough contact.
Last 7 games:
3 vs. CIN: 30 K
3 at HOU: 40 K
1 at STL: 06 K
76 total strikeouts.
Nearly 11 K per game.
That’s resulted in way too many missed opportunities with RISP, which the Cubs have had plenty of in the past week.
CUBS WITH RISP
0-for-23 Last 3 games
3-for-33 Last 5 games
Not every hit needs to be a home run.
Put the ball in play.
Good things happen.
DARVISH: (2-3, 5.02)
6.0 IP — 1 ER, 3 H — 3 BB, 6 K
In short — one of Darvish’s best outings this season.
Much better than his first outing against St. Louis on Sat., May 4 at Wrigley: 5 ER in 4.0 IP.
By Game Score (65)
His 2nd best GSc this season (@ARZ, 68).
Three hits, one a line drive, all singles … the lone line drive ties a season-low (@TEX, MIA) … and in both those games he pitched only 2.2 & 4.0 innings.
Stayed around the strike zone; Cards took only 9 strikes looking … Yu’s 2nd lowest strike-looking total this season … his high is 26 vs. CIN.
By Win Probability Added, this was Darvish’s best outing (0.253) … go figure the Cubs lose and Darvish takes a no-decision, his 6th straight.
Bad night for home plate umpire Laz Díaz. He made a couple of terrible calls in critical situations, mainly in the 10th when he called ball 4 from Dillon Maples on a pitch that clearly struck out Harrison Bader.
Wasn’t even a close pitch. Just a really bad call by Laz.
Umpires are human. Those mistakes happen.
Maples deserves no blame; however, when your pitch command is wildly erratic, chances are you’re not getting the close calls, or even the ones you should get because you fooled the umpire, as was the case last night.
I’m not blaming Maples. His job is to make the ball move and throw it over the plate. He did both. Laz missed the calls.
As Maples gains more pitch command, which I hope he does, there’s less of a chance he suffers the same fate as last night.
12-game hitting streak.
His career high is 14 games (2017).
CARATINI: (1-4, R)
Look at that on-base percentage.
Since returning from a broken hand, has hit safely in 4 of his 6 starts.
Jordan Hicks’s fastest pitch of the night, which became the fastest pitch in MLB this season; a sinker Caratini grounded to short to end the 9th.
Won back-to-back games for the first time since the end of April.
NEXT – Sat. at STL, 7:15 p.m. CT
Jose Quintana (4-4, 3.73)
Jack Flaherty (4-3, 3.77)