Yu Darvish Asked for the Ball and Delivered His Best Start with the Cubs

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Yu Darvish Asked for the Ball and Delivered His Best Start with the Cubs

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No, Yu Darvish did not get his first “win” at Wrigley Field, which is at this point as utterly bonkers as caring about the “pitcher win” stat in the first place. I swear, I do not care. But I would like to see it happen so we can just be done with it, and instead solely focus on the things he’s doing – like the way he dominated the Pirates yesterday.

It was his best start as a Chicago Cub.

On the day, Darvish went 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 8. By game score (78), it was his best start with the Cubs. And it came after he specifically asked for the ball to open the second half of the season:

The cojones, man. Then to step up with a nearly flawless performance? Whatever challenges Darvish has keeping his mental game aligned with his physical performance, I’d say that was a pretty darn good demonstration of effectiveness right there.

You can see just how excellent his execution was by watching a few pitches in the very first inning:

What was most impressive about the outing is how much confidence Darvish clearly had in all of his pitches. It felt like his most diverse outing with the Cubs, and it probably was:

We have long awaited a start where Darvish could actually deploy his impressive array of pitches, but he has never really been able to command them all at the same time. Yesterday was a clinic – he even worked in three rarely-deployed nasty changeups for good measure. He just had the feel yesterday, and showed what it can look like when he actually has his full arsenal at the ready.

Keep it going, dude.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.