Though it is far, far too early to dub the Texas Rangers‘ new pitching sensation, Yu Darvish, a New York Yankee killer, fans have to be impressed with their new pitcher’s first outing against the Bronx Bombers, which is no small task. The New York Yankees rank #2 in the Major Leagues in team batting average, second only to the Rangers.
On a night when the usually-hot-from-behind-the-plate Rangers only put two runs on the scoreboard, Darvish pitched 8.1 innings of shutout baseball.
Throughout his night on the mound, the pitcher from Habikino, Japan allowed 7 hits and racked up 10 strikeouts. Most importantly, he didn’t allow a single Yankee run before handing the ball off to Joe Nathan in the 9th inning. Nathan forced the Yankees into a double play, ending the game and sealing the 2-0 victory for the Rangers over the Yankees, moving Yu’s record to 3-0 this season.
After getting off to a rocky start in his Major League debut against the Seattle Mariners in which he allowed 5 runs in just the first two innings, Darvish has seemingly found his grove over his last few starts.
Since those first two disastrous innings, Yu has given up just 3 earned runs. His season ERA is down to 2.42 over four starts, and he has notched 24 strikeouts in 26 innings of work. He also has yet to give up a home run.
Again, to say it’s still early would be a vast understatement, but Yu is slowly starting to show fans that he very well may be worth the hype as well as his 6-year, $60 million contract–though most Ranger fans expect him to deliver a World Series title for that kind of money.
If he can continue to pitch at this level, Yu very well may be the missing piece.