Continuity Still Proving Elusive For Cubs' Yu Darvish Amid Rocky Season

Darvish pitched well but was pulled early because of a cramp Tuesday night.

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May 16, 2018 - 10:55 am
Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish

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(670 The Score) Even a night in which Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish performed well, he exited with more questions swirling.

Darvish lasted just four innings in the Cubs' 3-2 comeback win against the Braves on Tuesday night, being pulled with a right calf cramp. He took a no-decision in allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five.

"The ball was coming out of his hand good," Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey said on the Mully & Hanley Show on Wednesday morning. "I guess the good news is he probably only would've pitched one more inning. It's possible he could've pitched two (more). But when he mentioned that (cramp), we talked earlier before the game about the dehydration factor and the cramping and the fact that he got fatigued relatively quickly. So I think Joe just made this decision to go ahead and take him out one inning too soon versus one inning too late."

Hickey insisted Darvish's rocky performances through his first seven starts don't have anything to do with his menality. Darvish is 0-3 with a 5.56 ERA and 1.53 WHIP.

"I don't detect any lack of a confidence in him," Hickey said. "As a matter of fact, quite the contrary -- he's pretty confident in everything that he does. I hate to sit here and here we are seven starts into the season and I'm making excuses again -- I'm not making excuses, but there just hasn't been much continuity to his season. A lot of that is his own doing, but there hasn't been a lot of that normalcy, the routine that you need to get into a little bit of a groove now that he's back from the disabled list and hopefully helpful for the remaineder of the season.

"And as the weather turns and things start being a little more normal, I think you're going to see more production. I know you're going to see more production. But I don't think it's for a lack of confidence. I think this normalcy going forward is going to help him a lot."