He’s starting to make it look easy.
Yu Darvish’s 5th major league start had the same result as three of his first four starts: a win. Darvish is now 4-0 and his ERA is darting down to the low 2’s after a seven inning, nine strikeout performance against the other main team who bid on his services in the off-season, the Toronto Blue Jays.
No Josh Hamilton? No problem. When you’re missing your big slugger, just replace him with that well-known power hitter Craig Gentry, he of the one career home runs (inside the park) and watch him tee off in the later innings for his first career MLB out of the park shot.
Back to Darvish. For a little while there, I was wondering if he had no-no type stuff. Through 3 2/3 innings, Darvish hadn’t given up a hit and had struck out seven batters. Edwin Encarnacion answered in a hurry, with a 4th inning solo shot that ended the no-hitter and the shutout bid at the same time. Yes, it was early, but when seven of the first 11 outs are of the whiff variety, you get your hopes up.
Once again, the Rangers still have not lost back to back games this season and are now 9-1 on the road so far. Darvish’s start was the 16th quality start for a Rangers starter in the first 23 games.
I think I heard Darvish and Robbie Ross are the first rookie teammates ever to start their careers at 4-0.
Joe Nathan looked like the Joe Nathan of old tonight, making quick work of the 9th inning for his 6th save.
Good pitching makes it easy not to notice that Michael Young is in an awful offensive slump right now. He did get a hit in the 9th, but he’s only hitting about a buck-30 over the past week plus.
Kyle Drabek was equally impressive for the Jays. He pitched well enough to win. Just his luck he was facing Darvish tonight.
A 4-1 win at a venue, the Rogers Centre, that has not been kind to the Rangers the past few years. Great way to start a 10-game road trip!