News: 7 days agoDarvish tossed two scoreless innings during an intrasquad game Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Spin: Darvish matched up with Kyle Hendricks, who is competing with the Japanese righty to start Opening Day. Darvish is more likely to get that nod, and it was good to see him pitch multiple innings in a scrimmage with no issue. He'll continue to participate in summer camp at Wrigley Field until the abbreviated 2020 season starts later this month.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Darvish's 2019 was a tale of two halves. He found it exceedingly difficult to find the strike zone during the season's first half, posting a 5.01 ERA and a 11.7% walk rate in 18 starts, but suddenly flashed pinpoint control during the second half, posting a 2.76 ERA in 13 starts and walking as few total batters (seven) as he did in his March 30 start alone. So which version is the one to anticipate in 2020? With that level of improvement in his control, Darvish has a legitimate chance to be a top-20 fantasy starter this season, though similarly good luck in the health department would have a lot to say about it. He's a better draft pick now than you might think, and if he slips outside the top 25 on your board, you should pounce!