After earning his sixth victory of the young season with a 7 2/3 inning, seven-strikeout performance, in which he gave up just four hits and one run, Yu Darvish wasn’t exactly in the mood to go out and celebrate.
Darvish, who (it’s becoming clear) has remarkably high expectations of himself whether in Japan or the United States, was asked by a reporter if he knew the bullpen could use a break after long reliever Scott Feldman’s spot start Monday and a busy past week for middle relievers Alexi Ogando and Robbie Ross.
Whether he was aware of the fact (and we’d imagine he was), Darvish’s answer made clear that he doesn’t need any extra motivation to go as deep into a game is as possible--and, as a matter of fact, he was a little disappointed that 7 2/3 innings was all he could muster (or was allowed by the team to muster) on Wednesday.
"No matter what the situation, I try to throw as many innings as I can and go as long as possible," Darvish said, per the Dallas Morning News. "I was able to throw with less effort. Getting taken out in the middle of the eighth is something that I'm not completely satisfied with."