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Here’s Where Darvish Can Throw His Fastball to Generate the Most Whiffs

Yu Darvish’s fastball spin rate generally predicts the frequency with which a batter will whiff on it. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to identify the zones in which his spin is highest, thus determining the optimal location for his fastballs. While I didn’t find a significant difference between most adjacent zones, the … The post Here’s Where Darvish Can Throw...
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1 day ago

Darvish Gives Whole New Meaning to Tipping Pitches

Yu Darvish was on his game and off his balance Wednesday against his former team in the aptly named Surprise Stadium. He not only brought the funk like your grandpa’s feet, striking out seven Rangers while walking none, he also displayed the questionable equlibrium of an elderly man in need of a walker. Seriously, he … The post Darvish Gives Whole New Meaning to Tipping Pitches appeared...
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2 days ago

Yu Darvish not sure if World Series struggles were due to tipping pitches

Yu Darvish is now with a new team and has a chance to make people start forgetting about what happened in the World Series.After excellent outings against the Diamondbacks and Cubs in his first two postseason appearances for the Dodgers, Darvish was blown up by the Houston Astros in the World Series twice. He lost Games 3 and 7, failing to make it out of the second inning both times...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies reportedly have been in contact with Lance Lynn

The Philadelphia Phillies have been in contact with pitcher Lance Lynn, according to a report.MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies have been in touch with Lynn as well as top free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta. Both players remain unsigned even as spring training begins for MLB teams.Lynn, who turns 31 in May, went 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA last season for the Cardinals. He...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

After signing Yu Darvish, Cubs are the team to beat

When the Chicago Cubs went down to the Los Angeles Dodgers in October with barely a whimper in the NLCS, there were many questions that needed to be answered. Two starters would be needed, along with almost a complete overhaul of the bullpen. With Yu Darvish inking a contract on Saturday—finishing a successful winter shopping spree—the Cubs look primed for a return to the World Series...
Via The Sports Post
February 15, 2018  |  Discuss

NL Notes: Cubs introduce Darvish, Padres optimistic

With the Cubs introducing righty Yu Darvish Tuesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times covers the key takeaways. Other teams dangled six-year offers of similar value, per Wittenmyer, though it seems that interest at a higher price point simply did not develop. Whether that means the Cubs secured a relative bargain or simply reflects the league’s valuation of an excellent...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
February 14, 2018  |  Discuss

Grading the deal: Yu Darvish finally gets deal with Cubs

Over the weekend, my number one free agent of the offseason finally procured a deal, as Yu Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million guaranteed contract with the Cubs, which also features an opt-out clause, some no-trade protection for Darvish and some incentives. Before we move on to the breakdown, let's first take a moment to pause and reflect that the best free agent pitcher available...
Via RealGM - NBA
February 12, 2018  |  Discuss

Cubs reportedly convinced Yu Darvish is better teammate now

Perhaps one more reason that convinced the Chicago Cubs to sign Yu Darvish to a long-term deal is that they believe he will be a good teammate.USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Cubs believe Darvish is more mature and a better teammate now compared to his early days with the Texas Rangers. Darvish has never publicly been regarded as a malcontent, but there were some stories...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 10, 2018  |  Discuss

Report: Yu Darvish turned down Dodgers to join Cubs

The Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t put off by Yu Darvish’s World Series struggles as they tried to retain the starter.According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers were in the Darvish sweepstakes right up until the end and even offered him similar terms. The star right-hander, however, chose to sign with the Chicago Cubs instead. Perhaps Darvish simply wanted to move on after...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 10, 2018  |  Discuss

Cubs land Yu Darvish with six-year, $126M deal

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly landed one of MLB’s big fishes heading into spring training in pitcher Yu Darvish, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.Rosenthal reports Chicago is signing Darvish to a six-year deal worth around $126 million, with a chance to reach $150 million due to incentives. Darvish, 31, is coming off a rocky 2017 campaign that saw him post a 10-12 record...
Via Sportsnaut
February 10, 2018  |  Discuss

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