On May 16, Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers 10-4. With the win, Darvish’s record was at 7-1. Since then, he has made seven starts for the Rangers. In those seven starts he is 0-2 and has five no-decisions. Darvish isn’t getting any help from the rest of his team either. In those seven starts, Texas has only one victory and averaged 2.29 runs per game.
Tuesday night was no different as the Rangers travelled to the Bronx to face the New York Yankees. Despite two home runs from Leonys Martin, the Rangers couldn’t manage more than three runs as they fell to the Yankees 4-3. The Yankees hit four solo home runs including a walk off shot by Ichiro Suzuki.
The real problem, though, is how the Rangers fix the problems when Darvish steps on the mound. From the beginning of the season he has been the best pitcher on the staff. Game two against the Houston Astros saw Darvish come up one out away from a perfect game. For the first month of the season, it seemed as if he had the Cy Young award locked up in the American League. However, the bats have quited down and the run support is not there. For the season, his ERA is 2.95 and should be low enough to have more than seven wins on the season.
Texas may need to look at adding another bat to the line-up at the trade deadline. After losing Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli, and Michael Young during the offseason, there are obvious holes in the line up that have to be filled in if the Rangers hope to return to the playoffs and make a push once they get there.