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Darvish Set Up for Big Night

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ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 11: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Miami Marlins in the top of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 11, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Yu Darvish has owned the Houston Astros throughout his career.

He's had a near-perfect game in his 2013 debut and his second start in 2014 against Houston was nearly a no-hitter. He is 4-1 against them in his career with a 2.29 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 51 innings. The Astros have hit .133 against him in his career.

In other words, you can expect great things from Darvish on Wednesday night when he takes the mound to try to prevent a home sweep at the hands of the last-place Astros, which would pull the Rangers into a tie for last-place in the AL West. It would also give the Astros a three-game lead over the Rangers in the season series if he can't get the job done.

More importantly, Darvish needs to go deep into Wednesday's game to help preserve the Rangers' bullpen. No Rangers starter has gotten past the sixth inning since Darvish worked eight scoreless innings in a win over the Twins on June 28 and the past two days of Miles Mikolas and Phil Irwin starts have been particularly detrimental.

So go out to Globe Life Park and expect to see great things from Darvish, which is almost assured. And if you can't do that, and can't watch the game on television, you might want to roll the ol' DVR because you never know what's going to happen when Darvish takes on the Astros.

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