On Saturday night, we learned that starting pitcher Yu Darvish had made the MLB All-Star game for the Texas Rangers. On the other side of the diamond, catcher Jason Castro would be playing for the Houston Astros.
Oddly enough, Darvish was on the mound for the Rangers as they hosted the Astros. The right-hander had won his previous three starts this season against Houston, including the start in which he was one out from a perfect game. The Japanese star played like anything but an All-Star on Saturday night as he allowed five runs to the Astros as the Rangers fell 9-5.
Darvish, who hasn’t had much run support this season, didn’t do himself any favors on Saturday. Castro, on the other hand, delivered the knock-out blow as he hit a three-run shot in the seventh inning.
With the loss, Darvish moves to 8-4 on the season. After starting the season on fire, Darvish seems to have come back down to earth somewhat. After starting the season 7-1, he has gone 1-3 since May 21. In his first seven games, Yu had four games in which he recorded double-digit strikeouts. In his past 11 games, he has had two.
Part of his troubles can be attributed to run support as well. In his first nine games, the Rangers scored 7.22 runs per game in which Yu started. In his last nine starts, they have scored 2.67 runs per game.
Castro, on the other hand, is having a breakout type season for the Astros. He is on pace to hit 22 home runs and drive in 57 RBIs. At 26 years old, the future seems bright for Castro. It’s hard to see the talent he has because he does play for a team that doesn’t get a lot of recognition. If Houston will surround him with some other players, this kid could be explosive a few years down the road.