In 1988, starting pitchers threw 71 percent of all innings. That dropped to 68 percent in 1998, to 65 percent in 2008, and now it’s down to 61 percent. There are two ways to interpret this data.
When healthy, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has shown that he is ready to rake at the plate. We project what he and other top prospects can contribute in the second half.
Cubs: Yu Darvish felt good a day after throwing 50 pitches in a simulated game, manager Joe Maddon said. He could begin a rehab assignment soon. Darvish has been sidelined since May 23 because of tendinitis in his right triceps. … Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing could rejoin the team Friday. He’s been on bereavement leave following his grandfather’s death.
Cubs: Jose Quintana (6-5) started at Great American Ball Park on May 19 and allowed just one hit in seven innings of a 10-0 win. He’s 2-0 in three career starts against the Reds. The left-hander has been much better on the road this season: 2.78 ERA in eight starts compared to a 6.00 ERA in six starts at Wrigley Field.
Reds: Luis Castillo (4-8) has lost his last four starts, allowing 16 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings. One of his best starts came against the Cubs on May 19, when he gave up one run in five innings of a 5-4 victory.
Keenum, who signed a two-year, $36 million deal with Denver in March, allowed Broncos fans to get inside the mind of a quarterback and ran the play — officially called Gun Buffalo Right Key Left 7 Heaven — via a whiteboard demonstration.
The B in Buffalo signified a bunch formation with three receivers — Diggs, Kyle Rudolph and Jarius Wright — to the right of the quarterback, while Thielen lined up to Keenum’s left as the X-receiver.
He had more than his share of defenders, Keenum said of the Saints’ coverage on Thielen. I really wanted to throw to him but he was covered up.
To Keenum’s right, Wright (the F-receiver) was at the point of attack, Rudolph was tasked with running a quick out while Diggs ran a high-angle seven heaven (corner route).
With no timeouts left and 10 seconds on the clock, Keenum broke the huddle by telling his teammates he was going to give one of them a chance. The quarterback described the level of fatigue around him given Minnesota had just run the same play moments before.
All of Keenum’s receiving options had been instructed to get out of bounds as quickly as they could. Upon connecting with Diggs, Keenum described how Saints rookie safety Marcus Williams’ botched tackle was the reason the receiver was able to find a clear route to the end zone.