The game was delayed for more than four hours after the grounds crew was unable to get the tarp completely on the infield before it was drenched, with the umpires ultimately deciding to call the game and award Chicago with the win late into the night.
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The rain came down for about 15 minutes at Wrigley Field, but the grounds crew was unable to bring the tarp in before the field got soaked. That led to a massive delay that extended after the rain stopped as the grounds crew tried to get the field in a playable condition. If Wada's line stands, he'll own a 2.75 ERA and 33:10 K:BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to pitch again Sunday against the Orioles.
"Executing," Baker told ESPN.com Friday. "Everything that he's throwing. He puts the ball where he wants to put the ball. And he's not shaking me off. Maybe twice (on Wednesday). So I can take the pressure and he can just pitch."
Wade has a 3.15 ERA in six starts since joining the Cubs from Triple-A Iowa, and might be pitching himself into a rotation spot in 2015. The Cubs hold an option for Wada for next season.
Because he was older and less touted than fellow import Wei-Yin Chen when the Orioles brought both in prior to 2012, I'll admit I wrote him off in Fantasy, especially since he almost immediately needed Tommy John surgery. The guy was already a long shot at his age. Now, he'd never get his chance.
Except he has this year with the Cubs. And his performance so far reminds me of another strike-throwing but relatively soft-tossing import who has far exceeded the hype: Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners.
That's a dangerous comparison to make given how successful Iwakuma has been the last two years, but Wada had a 1.51 ERA in his final year in Japan back in 2011. Maybe we've underestimated him, too.
For now, I think Fantasy owners should value Wada about on the same level as a Jason Vargas, but he could surge past him in the weeks ahead.
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