Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Phils use team concept to win Game 1 in Chicago

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Jake Arrieta receives a warm welcome from the Wrigley crowd

Every game it seems like it is another player that rises to the top and gets a big hit to contribute to a win. Last night in Chicago, it was Cesar Hernandez who did it with a 2-run triple into the corner and put the Phillies up, on Jake Arrieta's return to Chicago.

Arrieta bled Cubbie blue for a long time, he probably didn't want to leave the Cubs, but the team didn't want to retain him. He headed off to the open market and landed with the Phillies who splashed out $75M over 3 years to retain his services.

The Phillies faced a less effective Yu Darvish, who hasn't won yet at Wrigley Field, so it really was the Cubs that wanted a guy like Darvish, and they let Arrieta walk. It was Jake's return to Wrigley, probably an emotional night for him, though he didn't show it or act like it. True to the spirit of Chicago Cubs baseball, Arrieta was welcomed with a warm standing ovation.

This is kind of a crucial series for the Phillies, one that they really need to do well in to keep their first place status in the NL East, and solidify themselves as some sort of early contender. They haven't been dominating teams, but have found ways to win recently.

Getting back to Darvish for a moment, he's been a bust for the Cubs, actually has been costing them over the time that he's been with the team. The Cubs signed Darvish to a 6-year deal which guarantees him $126M - but last night again, he disappointed. The Cubbies fans disappointed me in booing Harper when he came up to bat for the Phils, why on earth would they boo him? Keep it up though it seems to inspire him.

Darvish career numbers, he's been awful with the Cubs:

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS IP ER HR BB SO SO/W Awards
7 Yr7 Yr7 Yr5948.5513.57149149920.136510736411323.11
162 162 162 1311.5513.573434210 8324832583.11
TEX TEX TEX 5239.5713.42122122782.2297852949603.27
CHC CHC CHC 36.3335.01181888.04915571111.95
LAD LAD LAD 43.5713.449949.219713614.69
AL (AL (AL (5239.5713.42122122782.2297852949603.27
NL (NL (NL (79.4384.452727137.26822701722.46
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/21/2019.

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