Yu Darvish makes Cubs debut lighter after ‘what happened in the World Series’

first_imgDarvish wasn’t at his best in the first inning against the Dodgers Tuesday. He walked the leadoff hitter, Chris Taylor, and another batter while throwing two wild pitches that led to a run. He retired the side in the second and admitted he had “a little bit of nerves” facing the Dodgers.NOTESDodgers manager Dave Roberts said right-hander Wilmer Font’s start against the Cubs Tuesday was “most likely” his last of the spring. With Tom Koehler (shoulder) out indefinitely, Font (who is out of options) has a chance to make the Dodgers’ season-opening bullpen and will pitch in relief the rest of the spring, Roberts said. “Certainly for our roster, it makes the most sense to see him out of the ‘pen,” Roberts said. … Roberts said Corey Seager’s elbow has been “symptom-free” throughout his spring throwing program but the progression will continue to be “methodical.” … Austin Barnes made his first start of the spring behind home plate after suffering some elbow discomfort in January. He and Yasmani Grandal will alternate starts at catcher this week. After All-Star season, Dodgers’ Alex Wood made changes looking for more consistency Matt Kemp’s third HR of spring breaks tie as Dodgers beat Indians, 8-1 Dodgers’ Corey Seager deals with another spring of sickness and setbacks But that doesn’t mean he is blaming his World Series failure entirely on tipping his pitches.“Obviously, the Astros are a great, strong team,” Darvish said through his interpreter. “I don’t really know, honestly, if that was it or if the Astros are simply a good team. I think it was partly me not being at my top level in the World Series.Related Articlescenter_img PreviousChicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsChicago Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras picks up a dropped ball during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Chicago Cubs players stand on the dugout bench during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish high-fives teammates in the dugout during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)NextShow Caption1 of 8Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)ExpandMESA, Ariz. – At least Yu Darvish still has his sense of humor.The Dodgers’ starter in Game 7 of last fall’s World Series made his first spring start with his new team, the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday afternoon against his old team. After his two-inning stint, Darvish met with reporters and revealed he had lost 15 pounds during the offseason.Asked what caused the weight loss, Darvish joked that it was, “Because of what happened in the World Series.”A popular theory to explain what happened to Darvish in the World Series – he lasted just 1 2/3 innings each in Games 3 and 7, allowing nine runs in all – is that he was tipping his pitches. Darvish (who worked out with Clayton Kershaw in the Dallas area during the winter) said he made some adjustments during the offseason to “make sure” that isn’t an issue going forward and he maintains the same arm slot for all of his pitches. Yu Darvish issues statement to fans after Game 7 loss for Dodgers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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