After watching his son, Yu, go eight and a third innings against the New York Yankees on Tuesday--a performance that earned Darvish his third win of the season--Darvish’s father Farsad believes the Rangers’ rookie is coming into his own, and perhaps getting back to what made him the most dominant pitcher in Japan.
“He’s been getting closer to what he has been doing in Japan with the movement of his balls and changing speeds and location,” said Farsad, per ESPN Dallas. “This isn’t a one-game thing. I think he’s been improving.”
Indeed, the most promising thing to take from Tuesday’s game was that Darvish was working with the best command we’ve seen--he issued two walks, which is the fewest of any of his starts, while striking out ten.
“The bigger games, the bigger stages, he gets more focused,” Farsad said. “In his baseball life from very small childhood, whenever the focus gets there and the stage is bigger, he performs better.
“The Yankees are second-best lineup. I think the Rangers are the first, but they are very balanced just like us. They had everything that could put Yu in trouble or win the game, but he got over that. He got the counts and walks in order. As Mr. Washington has been saying: Every game he has been improving. He will have rocky games ahead of him, but he’ll work hard and make adjustments.”