ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 14: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 14, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Texas Rangers have yet to nail down a playoff spot, that is true. Their magic number is down to 11 with 14 games remaining, including seven against the chasing Oakland Athletics.
But the chances of the Rangers getting into October baseball are really, really high, and Yu Darvish's chances of being the club's No. 1 starter come playoff time are, well, really, really high.
Don't even mention the fact that if you lay out the rotation for the remainder of the season, Darvish is scheduled to start the game after Game No. 162. But Darvish has shown ace stuff over the last month-plus, and he's about to nail down that No. 1 spot ahead of Matt Harrison.
Darvish could solidify that tonight by winning the rubber match against the Los Angeles Angels and their prized acquisition Zack Greinke, and looking at his recent starts, you have to like Darvish's chances.
Over his last five starts, Darvish is 3-1 with all of them going at least seven innings. He has racked up 43 strikeouts and eight walks and given up just eight runs. That's No. 1 stuff right there, folks. And Darvish can keep it going with another strong start tonight.