Just the other day I was talking about how cool and special it is that the Reds will finally, after several years, play on Opening Day, as opposed to waiting for some ESPN night game or whatever to go first. Welp, so much for that. Their Opening Day game has been postponed.
Rain is in forecast for all day Thursday in Cincinnati, so they’ll open on Friday afternoon instead, taking advantage of what was a scheduled day off for both teams. It’s the first time since 1966 that Cincinnati has rescheduled its season opener because of the weather.
The pitching matchups remain the same. Max Scherzer vs. Homer Bailey.
In related news, the Reds’ annual Opening Day parade doesn’t have to be moved. It was already itself moved to Monday because of some conflict with Easter stuff, so all in all this is a weird Opening Day experience for the Reds and Cincinnati.
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.