When the Dodgers traded for Yu Darvish at the deadline, fans were ecstatic. Getting Darvish gave the Dodgers an elite number 2 starter for October. It may not be October yet, but I think it’s pretty fair to say that Darvish has been a bit underwhelming.
In 5 starts with the Dodgers, Darvish is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA. His performances seem to be getting worse and worse with every start. His first 2 starts were solid, with 10 strikeouts each and just 2 earned runs total. He then gave up 3 runs in each of his next 2 starts and struck out just 9 in the two outings combined.
Saturday’s night game against the Padres really cemented this negative trend. Darvish went just 3 innings and gave up 5 earned runs.
Final line on Darvish: 3 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 Ks.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) September 3, 2017
I would describe Yu Darvish's body language as "discouraged" right now. He does not look right.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) September 3, 2017
Here is what Dave Roberts had to say about Yu Darvish and his time as a Dodger so far:
Again, Darvish was picked up for what he can do for the team in October. His poor outings in August and September mean nothing if he’s able to turn it around for the postseason; however, these outings are happening and they don’t show much promise for the future.
In the video, Roberts notes Darvish’s strikeouts as a positive sign that the best is yet to come. He also notes that a lot of the hits off of him in Saturday’s game were ground balls that found holes. The hope is that they eventually find gloves instead.
How have you felt about Yu Darvish’s time in a Dodger uniform? Let us know in the comments below!
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