Dodgers starter Yu Darvish once again could not finish the second inning of a World Series start. In Game 3, the Astros jumped on him for four runs and ultimately chased him with two outs in the frame. In Game 7, the Astros pounded him for five runs and chased him with two outs.
George Springer started the game off with a double and promptly scored during the next at-bat on a throwing error by first baseman Cody Bellinger, which allowed Alex Bregman to move to second base. Bregman stole third base, then scored on a Jose Altuve ground out.
In the second, Darvish walked Brian McCann to begin the frame. Marwin Gonzalez followed up with a double to put runners on second and third with now outs. Josh Reddick grounded out, which gave Darvish a way to escape the inning with no damage. However, opposing starter Lance McCullers knocked in a run with a soft ground out. Springer came up and ripped a no-doubt, two-run home run to left field, putting the nail in Darvish’s coffin. Brandon Morrow entered and struck out Bregman to escape the inning.
FanGraphs currently puts the Dodgers’ chances of winning at 10.5 percent. It’s not looking good for the boys in blue. The Astros are in a good position to win their first championship.
Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.
Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.
The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.