HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 2, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Texas Rangers lost consecutive games for the first time all year on Sunday when they lost the second of two straight games to the Minnesota Twins to split a four-game series on the road.
So while a two-game skid isn't considering a red flag by anyone, it's the first time the Rangers have actually had a true losing "streak" this season. So far, Yu Darvish has held up to his end of the bargain of being the Rangers' ace by taking the ball after a loss and keeping that streak alive earlier this year a few times.
Now, he can actually stop a skid of more than one game when he takes the hill tonight to open a three-game home series against the Chicago White Sox in what has began as a historic season for the second-year pitcher.
Darvish leads the world in strikeouts so far with 49. He's had a two-strike count 69 times this year and opposing batters have gotten hits five times in those situations. Darvish is proving to be a true ace, right up there with the likes of Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez. Yeah, he needs to do it for more than a few months, but he's well on his way.
Darvish has turned into must-see TV even for the casual Rangers fan, and even for some folks who have no affiliation with DFW and are just baseball fans. He'll have a chance to stop another skid tonight, and judging by what he's done so far you have to like his chances.