Yu Darvish has had a little over a week to think about his 5 1/3 inning performance against Oakland, in which he gave up six earned runs and took the loss. As such, he is understandably to get back on the slab and, hopefully, get that bad taste out of his mouth.
"I can't wait to throw again," Darvish said through an interpreter, per the Dallas Morning News. "I want to throw as soon as possible. When you go off a bad start, you want to get on the mound as soon as possible."
Thankfully for Darvish, the wait is almost over.
The 25-year-old Japanese national will go against the Houston Astros tonight (a team that, not for nothing, is just a few days removed from falling victim to Matt Cain’s perfect game), in the first game of a three-game weekend set.
Certainly if history is any indicator, Darvish could soon embark on a hot streak. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News pointed out this week that the last time Darvish had an outing as bad as the one against Oakland on June 7, it was on Opening Day 2011 in Japan--after that, he rattled off eight wins in his next eight starts, a span in which Darvish’s ERA was a minuscule 0.64.