Yu Darvish was once again one out shy of making MLB history on Friday night, when he was one out shy of recording his first big-league no-hitter, a little more than a year after he fell one out short of pitching a perfect game in his 2013 debut.
Darvish will now get a little extra rest to bounce back from Friday night's outing, when he threw 126 pitches and was a David Ortiz groundball single away from a no-no. Darvish's career-high (at least stateside) is 130 pitches last season, and in his ensuing start, he wasn't very good.
The one downside to the Rangers holding Darvish back from his scheduled Wednesday start, and starting Nick Tepesch instead, is that he'll miss the Astros — a team he traditionally dominates and seems to always flirt with special moments.
Now, Darvish will have a week between starts and open the home series against the Blue Jays on Friday, and give him a chance to bounce back from his highest pitch count of the season, and one of the highest in his career. And with the news of Martin Perez missing at least one start, and probably more, the Rangers can't afford to flirt with disaster in regards to Darvish.
Chances are, Darvish, who is an intense competitor, probably isn't pleased with the decision, but it's the right one.