To say the least, Yu Darvish’s first few weeks in a Cubs uniform have been less than successful. Of his six starts, two of them were good, the other four... well, let’s be honest: Bad.
Darvish recently spent some time on the disabled list with the flu. He missed one start, which would have come up during the Marlins series, and had another pushed back by a day so he could be activated to start Tuesday’s game in Atlanta:
Mark Zagunis optioned to Iowa to make room for Darvish coming off flu-bug DL.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) May 15, 2018
To no one’s surprise, the Cubs sent Mark Zagunis back to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Darvish. Zagunis went 2-for-5 in his brief stint with the Cubs. He’ll be back at some point later this season. Zagunis will never be more than a spare part for the Cubs, though he could be a decent bench player for some teams, as he does have good on-base skills.
As for Darvish, I still believe he will be a successful starter for the Chicago Cubs. His track record of 131 previous starts and 832 major-league innings say so. Let’s hope it starts tonight, when he faces the Braves and Mike Foltynewicz.