In his first start of the year on Tuesday, Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish showed just how close he is to perfect.
One impressive part of his 8 2/3 innings was the 14 strikeouts. His pitch count started to escalate late in the game so he started to work quicker and with less pitches. Pitching to contact instead of missing bats. Otherwise he would have had a few more.
Something a lot of people were very happy to see was his control. In his outing he did not give up a walk. The control was my main question for Darvish coming into the season.
But the most impressive aspect of the start is he was perfect through 8 2/3 innings.
Zero hits. Zero walks. Zero errors. Zero base runners.
Darvish looked amazing. It was against the Houston Astros but getting 26 consecutive batters out is impressive no matter who you are facing.
On the 27th batter of the game though Darvish gave up a single through his legs. The ball went straight up the middle into center for a base hit. Darvish was then pulled.
Darvish was so close but just didn’t have the right amount of luck.
One of the nicest things to see about Darvish losing his attempt at perfection though was that right after the hit, he smiled. That impressed me. He had enough control over himself to realize that yes he lost what could possibly be his only chance at perfection, but 8 2/3 of one-hit, shutout baseball is nothing to be upset about.
The aspect about the game that impressed me the most was Darvish’s control when he lost his chance at the record books. We may see him pitch this well (or maybe even better) in the future. This kid has a lot ahead of him.