After one game against Yu Darvish, Mark Teixeira believes the hype.
The former Rangers’ first baseman faced Darvish for the first time as a member of the visiting New York Yankees on Tuesday night--when Darvish went 8.1 innings and struck out ten--and afterward, was pretty well blown away by the talents of the 25-year-old Japanese sensation.
“You hear a lot of guys get hyped and he was everything that you'd heard,” Teixeira said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We had a gameplan to make him throw strikes, and he definitely did that. If you tried to be patient you're down 0-1, 0-2. If you tried to be aggressive every pitch seemed like it started in the zone, then moved out of the zone.”
Rangers manager Ron Washington seemed to be very confident in Darvish all along, emboldened by the fact that he seemed to get better with every start. And now, it looks as though the confidence was well placed.