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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY WATCH: YU DARVISH GETS DICEY FIRST START OFF DL

                                                                 

The Chicago Cubs as expected removed ace starting pitcher Yu Darvish from the 10-day DL on Tuesday and just in time for him to make the start that night versus the Atlanta Braves.  Darvish has been out the last ten days with a bad case of the flu but he had also made his fantasy baseball owners sick due to his ghastly 6.00 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in his first go-round with the Cubs after signing on as a free agent.  We had reached the point prior to the DL placement where Darvish was bench-worthy and I wouldn't automatically throw him out there versus Atlanta tonight either given their Murderers' Row lineup highlighted by Ozzie Albies. Ronald Acuna, and Freddie Freeman.  While Darvish' 11.10 K/9 is as good as ever, his control has been abysmal (4.80 BB/9) and home runs are flying out all over the place as well.  Since the Braves hit a ton of home runs, this is not the best matchup for Darvish tonight.  Long term I think Darvish will be all right since his strikeouts and velocity are still supreme but for now tread carefully.


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