Yu Darvish was starting to get the country’s attention by late Monday afternoon against the Houston Astros. The Texas Rangers‘ Ace took a no-hit bid late into the game, but it was ended by a Carlos Corporan solo home run with one out in the eighth inning.
This of course marks the second time this season that Darvish has nearly etched his name in the record books against the Astros. Fans will remember that back in April he lost a perfect game with only one out to go. Monday’s game was not nearly as heart-breaking, but I’m sure it was still disappointing for the right-hander (who still has yet to no-hit a team in his career).
But looking on the positive side of things for Darvish, he was still able to get the win and improve to 12-5 on the season and continue his bid for the AL Cy Young award.
Darvish currently leads all of baseball with 207 strikeouts on the year, he’s fourth in the AL in ERA (2.72) and third in WHIP (1.04). His 12 wins also put him in a tie for the sixth most in the AL.
While the 26-year old right-hander is not the front-runner for the award at this point, he’s still going to make things awful tough on voters. Most have Max Scherzer and his 17-1 win/loss record as the favorite, and of course you can always make a case for Felix Hernandez.
Even if Darvish can’t put up the wins to match Scherzer, he’s still going to end up with a great statistical season. However, the most important thing is that he’s still pitching his best as the Rangers enter the stretch run. With about six weeks left in the season, they have one heck of an ace to hold down their rotation.