As if this 2017 season could not look any better, the Dodgers’ newest starting pitching acquisition, Yu Darvish, twirled a total gem against the New York Mets in his Dodgers debut.
Darvish’s line included seven shutout innings, three hits allowed, one walk and a whopping ten strikeouts. He lowered his earned run average by 0.20, from 4.01 down to 3.81.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 5, 2017
Darvish became the first Los Angeles Dodger to strike out ten batters in his debut since Kaz Ishii did it in 2002, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA.
Last pitcher to strike out 10 in his debut with Dodgers was Kaz Ishii on Apr. 6, 2002
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) August 4, 2017
Darvish also became the first Dodger pitcher since 1900 to get 10 or more strikeouts with no more than one walk in his debut with the team.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 5, 2017
His very first strikeout might have been his prettiest of the night as he pulled the string on Asdrubal Cabrera, who waved and missed on a curveball in the dirt.
Yu Darvish's first strikeout as a member of the Dodgers. pic.twitter.com/TdCNKAWK3i
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) August 5, 2017
The Dodgers were able to cruise to a 6-0 victory against the New York Mets, improving their record to a league best 77-32. Yu Darvish was undoubtedly the player of the game, with Corey Seager coming in with an honorable mention as he reached base four times with three hits and a walk.
The Dodgers are now sporting a possible playoff rotation that will feature Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Alex Wood and Rich Hill. That rotation would be the best in the playoffs; and coupled with a great bullpen, the team is built for a deep run into October.