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Yu Darvish fans 10 Rays in Rangers’ 1-0 victory

Aug 29, 2012, 1:14 AM EDT

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Yu Darvish turned in his best start since April on Tuesday, blanking the Rays for seven innings and striking out 10 as the Rangers won 1-0.

It was Darvish’s third straight quality start, but also the first time since July 21 that he’s ended a start without allowing at least three runs. Darvish went without giving up a run for the second time as a big leaguer; he pitched 8 1/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Yankees on April 24.

James Shields was the hard-luck loser for the Rays tonight, allowing one run and three hits in seven innings. He struck out eight while falling to 12-8.

Darvish reached double figures in strikeouts for the eighth time this year. R.A. Dickey isĀ secondĀ in the majors with six such games. Felix Hernandez, Shields and Stephen Strasburg have five such games.

While Darvish has been inconsistent in amassing a 4.31 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP, he is 13-9 and the Rangers have gone 15-9 in his starts. The postseason will likely determine whether his rookie campaign is viewed as a disappointment or not.

  1. Reflex - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    I’d say that for his first season in the big leagues, starting in the AL and playing his home games in a hitters park, its been a pretty successful first season. The real question is whether or not he can focus on bringing his walks down, if he can do that he could be a #2 starting pitcher. Which is very good for his salary.

    • pw38 - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      I agree. His biggest strike against him is pitching in the launch pad that is the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The fact that he’s done so well there is amazing in it’s own right. Of course it doesn’t hurt to have the best offense in baseball backing him up too. I don’t really think the post season will be his ultimate judge but man if he does well it will definitely help.

  2. randygnyc - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    6 different shutouts tonight. Weird.

  3. hardballtalkusername - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    I would say for the money the Rangers paid for him, he has been a disappointment. However so are most players recently receiving big contracts so theres that. He has great potential, but I haven’t seen anything close to an ace out of him this season; maybe he improves and maybe he won’t, we shall see.

  4. riverace19 - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Dice-K version 2.0. Inefficient pitcher with terrible walk rate. His first season is similar to Dice-K’s first season; hopefully for Darvish the similarity will stop there.

    • beefytrout - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      This, right here, is some astute baseball analysis. If you knew very little about baseball, that is.

  5. billymc75 - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    I’d say this article should’ve been more about the pitchers duel, and the money they paid for him compares to the mine LA wasted on Wilson he’s a veteran and getting paid, this guys a rookie.

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