Rangers’ starter Yu Darvish is well aware of his less-than-stellar track record in the first inning of games this season, but he doesn’t plan on making any dramatic changes in his approach to address the problem--because, he says, his approach isn’t a part of the problem.
Speaking through an interpreter this week, Darvish said he believes that the remedy will come, simply enough, through further experience in the atmosphere of the Major Leagues.
“It’s not about preparation,” Darvish said, per the Dallas Morning News. “It’s a different atmosphere, just a different world over here. I’ve got to experience it and adapt.”
Per the Morning News, Darvish has allowed 31 first inning baserunners in 17 starts, and has a 6.68 ERA in the first inning--on the year, his ERA is 3.96--and last Saturday against Seattle, four of the seven runs plated by the Mariners came in the first.