A main area of concern for the Los Angeles Dodgers has been aimed at recent sub-par pitching performances during this current slump, specifically last week.
Yu Darvish was traded right before the trade deadline ended, and it made headlines everywhere throughout Major League Baseball. It seemed like the unquestionable steal of the year and had LA trending in the right direction. However, Dodger fans might be having second thoughts.
With Darvish’s performance as a Dodger so far, many fans are questioning the move and wondering why Justin Verlander is in Houston instead of Los Angeles. Is this just a case of wanting what you can no longer have?
They’re both elite starting pitchers, they’ve both had their fair share of outstanding moments throughout the years, but there some contrasting components that stand out as well. Dodgers management immolates one the best fan bases in the world, and are always willing to do whatever it takes to make sure their product is the culmination of perfection. That’s why Darvish, not Verlander, is currently in a Dodger uniform.
The numbers before the All-Star break stood out the most:
- Darvish – (6-8), 3.49 ERA, 93 hits, 125 K’s. 41 BB, .215 opponent AVG, 1.13 WHIP
- Verlander – (5-6), 4.73 ERA, 108 hits, 98 K’s. 51 BB, .262 opponent AVG, 1.52 WHIP
Yu Darvish is currently sitting at an 8-11 record (2-2 with the Dodgers). He has struggled with the Dodgers since his first 2 starts, where he was able to strike out 10 in both games. In his last start against San Diego, Darvish only went 3 innings and gave up 5 earned runs in a 7-2 loss.
Justin Verlander is currently 11-8 this season. He is also 1-0 with his new team, the Houston Astros, where he pitched a gem in his debut, going 6 innings and allowing just 1 earned run.
Verlander’s compiled more wins, but Darvish wasn’t in a stable environment with the Texas Rangers. LA also has the option to let Darvish go after the season instead of being stuck with a 34 year old pitcher’s hefty-prolonged contract that goes through 2020. It might seem unsettling right now, but Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi made the right decision. Pairing Darvish with three of the National League’s strongest lefties will pay off in the run for October.
Yes, Darvish needs to be sharper (especially in the beginning of ballgames); but he’s a matchup nightmare for opposing teams that have to face Clayton Kershaw in a series first. Don’t let his recent struggles and Verlander’s recent success fool you. The Dodgers still got an elite starter and did not get tied up in a lengthy contract over it.
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