Darvish has been traded to the Padres along with Victor Caratini in exchange for Zach Davies, Reginald Preciado, Owen Caissie, Yeison Santana and Ismael Mena, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports. Darvish is coming off a very strong season in which he went 8-3 while posting a 2.01 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 93:14 K:BB across 76 innings for the Cubs. He now heads west to join a Padres team that continues to focus on bolstering its starting pitching staff. The right-hander will settle in alongside Blake Snell, who was acquired from the Rays on Sunday, atop the Padres rotation.
Darvish allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six over 6.2 innings as he was charged with the loss Friday in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series against the Marlins. Darvish began Friday's contest with six scoreless innings, but he was unable to get any run support from the Cubs' offense. As a result, the two runs that Darvish allowed in the seventh inning proved to be the difference as the Marlins completed the sweep to advance to the NLDS. The right-hander made a strong case for the NL Cy Young Award during the abbreviated regular season as he posted a career-best 2.01 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 93:14 K:BB over 76 innings across 12 starts.
Darvish won't start Game 2 of the Wild Card Series against the Marlins as scheduled, as the game has been postponed due to rain, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Darvish will presumably get the nod Friday for what was originally scheduled to be Game 3. The Cubs need a win to stay alive, and turning to a pitcher who recorded a 2.01 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 12 starts this season should certainly help.
Darvish (8-3) tossed seven scoreless innings to pick up the win Friday against the White Sox. He allowed just three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Making his final start of the 2020 regular season, Darvish left a good taste in the mouths of Cy Young voters, and he received plenty of run support in the 10-0 rout. The 34-year-old righty finishes the year with a 2.01 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 93 strikeouts across 76 innings. While it was an abbreviated campaign, it was the best he's looked since coming to Chicago in 2018. Darvish will now turn his attention to the playoffs, and he'll start one of the first two games of the first round, with Kyle Hendricks getting another rotation spot and then possibly Jon Lester in a potential Game 3.
Darvish (7-3) allowed four earned runs on nine hits across six innings to take the loss Sunday against the Twins. He struck out nine and walked one. Darvish had allowed only two runs when he came out for the seventh inning, but he quickly gave up a double followed by a two-run home run to Max Kepler to get chased from the game. The righty hasn't been sharp lately, as he's now allowed nine hits in each of his last two outings. Darvish is still squarely in the Cy Young race, though his recent performance could be hurting his chances in a crowded field. He'll take a 2.22 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 88:13 K:BB across 69 innings into his final start of the regular season, which is scheduled for Friday against the White Sox.