Yu Darvish was acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline specifically for the postseason. They did not need him to win the division. Instead, all they needed from him was some wins in October to take them to the promise land. Unfortunately, they did not get that.
Darvish was impressive in his starts against the Diamondbacks and the Cubs. He went five innings against Arizona and 6.1 innings against Chicago, giving up just one run in each start. He looked good and it seemed like the front office’s decision to go get him was going to pay off. Then, the World Series happened.
In Game 2 of the World Series, Yu Darvish went just 1.2 innings and gave up four runs on six hits. It was absolutley heartbreaking to watch, and the Dodgers would end up losing that game 5-3. After the game he said there was concern with his slider, but that probably wasn’t it.
Game 7 of the World Series was heartbreaking to watch. Yu Darvish gave up five runs off of three hits in just 1.2 innings. Right off the bat, it seemed like Astros hitters were on him. Was it something wrong with the slider again? No, Darvish was tipping his pitches.
Eduardo Perez was on Mike and Mike and broke down exactly what went wrong for Darvish. He notes Brian McCann’s and Yuli Gurriel’s long at-bats, and how they were able to grind away at pitches. Here is the main problem that happened on Wednesday:
All of a sudden I realize, his right hand, every time he’s going to throw the fastball, puts it in and it never moves because he already has the grip. But every time he’s going to throw the slider, and you see a little bit of movement. That’s all you need.
You can check out the full interview and the rest of Eduardo Perez’s analysis below!
— Golic and Wingo (@GolicAndWingo) November 2, 2017
It’s a shame that the Dodgers’ coaching staff was not able to catch this, especially since he has a history of this. Yu Darvish was pausing before his fastball back in July when he pitched against the Marlins. In that start, Darvish gave up 10 runs on nine hits.
the plot thickens. darvish agrees with @JeffPassan tweet saying scouts say he was tipping pitches. but marlins swear they had no idea of it!
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2017
Want to be even more frustrated? Watch the post-game interview with Carlos Beltran below.
— Jeff Pearlman (@jeffpearlman) November 2, 2017
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