Yu Darvish Tied a Cubs Record Last Night While Striking Out Reds at a Crazy Clip

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Yu Darvish Tied a Cubs Record Last Night While Striking Out Reds at a Crazy Clip

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Yu Darvish made a really bad pitch to Aristides Aquino last night, and that pretty much changed everything in the outcome of his game. Making bad pitches to a guy who can really only crush bad pitches right now is a mistake you can’t make. Darvish made it, and that’s that.

But to suggest that was the entirety – or even the majority! – of his start last night would be so unfair, given how dominant it was otherwise.

So, then, I just wanted to share some things to enjoy from last night, as Darvish continues his torrid second half pace. Enjoy:

The best of all:

On the year, because of his terrible start, Darvish still has a mere 4.02 ERA (9% better than league average by ERA-). But in the second half? When he’s really figured things out? He’s got a 2.70 ERA, a 37.6% K rate, and a 2.5% BB rate. Those numbers are just absurd.

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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.