Joe Maddon pulls Yu Darvish early earlier than Cubs’ bullpen falters once more | MLB

After Yu Darvish allowed a double and a stroll to start the fifth inning Thursday in Atlanta, Cubs supervisor Joe Maddon determined to go to his bullpen, which had struggled within the first two video games of the collection in opposition to the Braves. Darvish left having thrown simply 71 pitches and his crew trailing 1-Zero.

Maddon’s determination backfired. Carl Edwards Jr. didn’t document an out and the remainder of the reduction corps didn’t preserve the sport shut. Atlanta prolonged its result in 9-Zero earlier than Chicago cobbled collectively 4 meaningless runs within the ninth.

Possibly Darvish wouldn’t have been capable of escape the fifth unhurt if he’d been left in. Maybe it made sense to preemptively take him out given his harm historical past — he missed most of 2018 with elbow and triceps points. However given the mounting criticism of Maddon’s management, such a failed midgame maneuver does not look nice at this stage, significantly as a result of it burned an already shaky bullpen simply earlier than a troublesome collection in Milwaukee.

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After the loss, Maddon advised reporters he needed to verify Darvish “felt good” about his outing, based on The Athletic. The appropriate-hander, who didn’t make it out of the third inning in his first begin of the season, allowed 5 hits and 4 walks in his four-plus frames Thursday.

“We simply need to simplify our plan,” Maddon advised reporters of his crew’s issues. “I believe we’re turning into too advanced and I’m not into that. We’re making an attempt to do too many various issues versus what we’re simply good at.”

The place the blame lies for such a shortfall stays up within the air.

The Cubs (1-5) nonetheless have loads of time to get proper. With a lineup that boasts Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Willson Contreras, there shall be many video games once they can merely overwhelm opponents with their offensive may. There’s additionally a case to be made for Maddon to get an extended leash than most different managers. He has overseen 4 consecutive playoff appearances and a World Sequence title, and he’s nonetheless typically thought-about to be somebody who works effectively together with his gamers.

His contract is up after the season, although, and nights like Thursday don’t assist his outlook.

“I didn’t anticipate the (bullpen) to have such a troublesome time this early,” Maddon advised reporters. “I didn’t see that.”

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