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Cubs' Ian Happ recounts Yu Darvish fooling him during intrasquad game

Cubs' Ian Happ recounts Yu Darvish fooling him during intrasquad game

Yu Darvish boasts upwards of 12 pitches — some of which are different versions of a specific pitch. 

So, how hard is it to hit the Cubs’ ace and his unpredictable arsenal? Very — just ask Cubs outfielder Ian Happ.

The Cubs held an intrasquad game at Wrigley Field on Saturday, pitting Darvish against Kyle Hendricks. Happ led off for Hendricks’ squad, and on the latest episode of “The Compound” podcast described the downright unfair plate appearance he had against Darvish.

“First at-bat of this spring training, I’m facing Sir Yu Darvish. He’s a pretty good pitcher,” Happ said. “I’m leading off the game — he throws me a first pitch ball. I’m like, alright, it’s 1-0, he’s just gonna throw me a fastball right down the middle, we’re gonna even it up at 1-1.”

Darvish didn’t throw a fastball.

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“He throws me a slider,” Happ said. “He throws me a slider his second pitch, my second pitch I’ve seen. I swung and I thought I was hitting a home run — I missed it probably by six feet.

"Is that so, Yu? Is that so? 1-0 sliders for the first hitter of camp?”

Darvish clarified on Twitter his second pitch actually was a cutter, but Happ’s experience exemplifies how difficult it is facing the right-hander. “He literally has 15 pitches, so he’s not gonna double up,” Cubs infielder Zack Short said.

“He’s a tough guy to prepare for,” Happ added.

Cubs pitcher Dakota Mekkes said he would have thrown a fastball. But with the arsenal Darvish has, it only makes sense to go against conventional wisdom in certain situations.

“If I’m Yu Darvish, I’m throwing one of my other 15 pitches that I know I can put wherever I want and they can’t hit,” Mekkes said. “He can throw whatever he wants.”

That he can, including his latest pitch — "Supreme" — a two-seam/splitter hybrid.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs dominance, baseball's future with Connor McKnight

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs dominance, baseball's future with Connor McKnight

The Cubs continue to win and win in dominating fashion but can they keep it up?

David Kaplan, Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer and Cubs beat writer Maddie Lee discuss the Cubs winning ways, and discuss a scenario where Cleveland star Francisco Lindor becomes a Cub. Later, Kap is joined by Connor McKnight, host of the "Baseball from Home Podcast" on the House of L Network as they discuss the future of baseball after the 60 game season.

(1:20) - Cubs dominate Cleveland

(12:40) - Can Francisco Lindor be a Cub in the future?

(21:30) - Connor McKnight joins the podcast

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(25:40) - The future of baseball and entertainment

(31:00) - Who will be the future stars of baseball

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Cubs' Twitter trolls Brewers, Christian Yelich after Yu Darvish's stellar start

Cubs' Twitter trolls Brewers, Christian Yelich after Yu Darvish's stellar start

The Cubs' Twitter account has been saving this one for nine months.

First, let us present you with this doozy of a tweet from the Cubs after Thursday's 4-2 win over Milwaukee.

If you recall, Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich went at Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish on Twitter last November. A since-deleted tweet from Yelich's account to Darvish read "nobody needs help facing you."

A video circulated in November that showed Darvish step off the rubber while Yelich was in the batter's box during a 2019 Cubs-Brewers game. Some suggested Darvish stepped off because Yelich's eyes moved, also suggesting Yelich was looking for signs stolen via technology.

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In response to the video, Darvish explained his actions from that game, clarifying he wasn't accusing Milwaukee of stealing signs.

Here we are nearly a year later, the Cubs' Twitter playing off Yelich's tweet after Darvish dominated Milwaukee. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, allowing a hit (a solo homer) and two walks while striking out 11.

If you're wondering, Yelich went 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch against Darvish on Thursday.

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