HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 2, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Over the last 25 games or so we've seen the Texas Rangers' offense come to a screeching halt in terms of run production, and that's been a nightmare for the team's pitchers.
Take Yu Darvish, for instance, who hasn't recorded a win since May 16, which of course came in that overly hyped matchup with Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers — a 10-4 Rangers win. Since then, Darvish has pitched up to his standards, but the wins haven't been there for his team.
In his last four starts, Darvish has a 2.28 ERA with 32 strikeouts to add to his league-leading total but is still searching for his eighth win of the season, but that hasn't bothered the second-year Japanese ace.
"It hasn't really affected me that much," Darvish told the media through his translator. "I think I've done my job. Wins and losses you can't really control"
The Rangers need Darvish to pitch like he has been in Thursday's series opener with Toronto to get the Rangers off another losing skid as they dropped their third straight series with Wednesday's loss to Cleveland.
"There are some games that you give up five runs and you still win, and there's games you give up only one run and you still lose," Darvish said. "So those things you can't really control. But I try to go deep in the game, and keep the team in the game, give them a chance to win."