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Yu Darvish’s Kryptonite? The Oakland A’s

Apr 29, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

Texas Rangers pitcher Darvish reacts after a hit by Houston Astros' Gonzalez goes through his legs in their MLB American League baseball game in Houston Reuters

Yu Darvish turned in the shortest start of his career last night against Oakland, failing to make it out of the fourth inning. It was his first non-Quality Start of the season and continues a career-long pattern for Darvish of struggling against the A’s.

For his career Darvish is 30-19 with a 3.29 ERA in 66 starts for the Rangers, but here’s how that breaks down:

Against the A’s: 1-7 with a 4.73 ERA in 9 starts.

Against everyone else: 29-12 with a 3.09 ERA in 57 starts.

Compared to other teams Oakland has drawn nearly 40 percent more walks against Darvish, which helps explain a lot of those overall numbers. Last night the A’s drew only two walks off him, but made Darvish throw 83 pitches to get 10 outs.

Could just be random chance or a small sample size or whatever, but the struggles against the A’s are magnified because the two teams play each other so often and are battling for division titles each season.

  1. cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I wish I’d known this yesterday AM. Jeez.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Buddy of mine warned me before I made my (incoming free pimpin’ for NBC) Fanduel picks. It was a good call, saved me a few bucks.

      • cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        I’m not your guy, friend….

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        I’m not your friend, buddy

      • cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        I’m not your buddy, pal

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Oh, did I forget to tell you? Faux pas

      • cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Dang you Len! Dang you to HECK!

  2. Big Shaney - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Todd Hollandsworth said the same thing about Darvish’s “kryptonite” this morning on First Pitch on MLB Network Radio. He even alluded to their main color of green after detailing Darvish’s terrible stats against the rival A’s.

  3. nbjays - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    It’s funny how some pitchers absolutely own some teams, and how some teams own some pitchers.

    My Blue Jays have never fared well against David Price, for example: he’s 14-2 for his career against Toronto, including a 7-0 record in our yard. His career ERA is 3.26, but it drops to 2.45 vs Toronto. He owns us as thoroughly as any pitcher has owned any team.

    Contrast that with the Jays hitting against Boston’s Junichi Tazawa. In his 5+ year career, he’s surrendered just 16 HR, but the Jays have hit 7 of them. His career ERA is 3.34, but it is 7.63 in 16 games vs Toronto. The Jays have a collective .359 BA and 1.221 OPS against him.

    The A’s may own Darvish, but there are a lot more teams that don’t. He’ll be fine.

  4. dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    A’s have had a pretty good lineup for a while. One of the best in AL (if not MLB) last year. They were middle of the pack in 2012, but they struggled badly in the first two months. They hit pretty well throughout the rest of the year.

  5. APBA Guy - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    In his previous start against the A’s, Darvish appeared to be asking his catcher “why aren’t they swinging at those” pitches outside the zone. The A’s try to do this as a matter of course against every good pitcher they face. They’ve just been luckier than usual against Darvish. If Yu looks at some of the King’s starts against the A’s he’ll see exactly what needs to be done: command his movement in the zone.

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