Since the first start of the 2013 season when Yu Darvish fell one out short of a perfect game, he has rarely looked different. The Texas Rangers ace starting pitcher has been one of the top three most dominant pitchers in the American League all season long. Of late however there are a few signs that he might be tiring or at least not as effective for one reason or another. After losing two of three to the Oakland Athletics, including a sloppy start by Darvish, the Rangers need him more than ever.
Everything dominant about the Rangers pitching staff hinges on the dominance of Darvish. He is the guy that they are supposed to be able to count on being dominant all season. Every fifth day they can pencil in a win and almost always be correct in doing so. They need that certainty in Darvish’s starts in the following few weeks more than ever before. Their comfortable little lead is gone and the Athletics are right on their heels, actually even with them at the moment.
To be able to anchor their staff on the arm of Darvish for the remainder of the season could make the difference between the Rangers resting at the top of the division or fighting it out in a one-game playoff for the wildcard slot. They have made great moves and have the offense to make up for a lot of things but make no mistake; this team needs Darvish to dominate everyone he pitches against until the end of October. Without him doing that they might be lost.