ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 28: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 28, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
If fans were expecting to see the same Yu Darvish they got on Tuesday on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Angels, they were probably pretty disappointed.
Darvish saw 26 batters come to the plate in his 2013 debut against the Houston Astros, and send all 26 back to the dugout before missing a perfect game by one stinkin' out. That was against the Astros, who basically field a Triple-A lineup, and the Angels are definitely not that with guys like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
But Darvish looked bad from the get-go on Sunday night against the Angels and was looking at his finger early on as a blister resurfaced that had formed late on Tuesday. He was gone after 85 pitches and five innings of work but says the blister won't affect his next start, scheduled for Friday in Seattle. He improved to 2-0 with the win, thanks to his bullpen and some hat Rangers bats.
"I had trouble with my control today," Darvish told the media following the game. "So with the situation I had, I had to make the best of the situation and select the pitches I could throw and get outs with them."
Darvish did get some help from his ol' buddy Josh Hamilton, who grounded into a run-scoring double play in the first inning to help him avoid a really bad inning.