On this edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy joins David Kaplan and Gordon Wittenmyer to discuss his recovery from COVID-19, what a typical day is like for him, what turned Yu Darvish’s fortunes around in Chicago and how Darvish broke out a pitch against the White Sox he hadn’t thrown in three years.
Later in the podcast, Hottovy explains how Craig Kimbrel turned his season around and the chance Jon Lester returns to the Cubs.
(01:30) - Hottovy on his recovery from COVID-19
(05:45) - On Darvish finishing second in NL Cy Young voting
(12:45) - How Darvish narrows down the number of pitches he can throw
(27:30) - Having Darvish and Kyle Hendricks at the top of the rotation
(29:30) - Expectations for Brailyn Marquez
(33:15) - Chances Jon Lester returns to the Cubs in 2021
(36:20) - How Kimbrel turned his season around