Yu Darvish has clearly been a big disappointment for the Cubs. He still hasn’t won a game, his control has been erratic and he really has looked like a head case this season. Darvish still has great stuff. There’s nothing wrong with him physically. But he just cannot seem to put a bad AB behind him and that has led to some pretty bad innings. Free MLB Pick: Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves (May 15/2018).
The problem appears to be between the ears, but the time off due to a flu bug might be a remedy for him. The coaches are getting him to try and slow down as the feeling seems to be that he’s in too much of a hurry and it’s causing him to get out of focus. We’ll find out more about that tonight as he returns to face a dangerous Braves offense. Atlanta will counter with Mike Foltynewicz, who has shown some positive strides this season.
But Folty remains a high pitch count guy, and that generally means six innings tops for the hard throwing righty. That’s key here as I have the Cubs with a decided late inning edge in the bullpen. I’m absolutely aware that Darvish is a gamble right now. But my pitcher power ratings are slow to adjust, which I don’t have a problem with for the most part. So I still have Darvish as the considerably better starter and with the bullpen advantage, this adds up to being a cheap price on the road team.
Free MLB Pick form Dave Cokin: Cubs -125 (Darvish-Foltynewicz) I’ll spot it here with the Cubs. (updated baseball odds)
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Free MLB Pick: Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves (May 15/2018)