Extra Bases: Darvish's Oakland nightmare

April, 21, 2014
Apr 21
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish will have to deal not only with the American League West-leading Oakland A's in Monday’s 9:05 p.m. opener of a six-game road trip. He’ll also be pitching in his most uncomfortable statistical setting.

In two career starts at Overstock.com Coliseum, Darvish is 0-2 with a 9.58 ERA. In 10.1 innings, he has walked 12 and allowed 11 hits, including three home runs.

"Oakland has put some big innings on him," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "And it has usually started with a walk. I remember once it started when he hit a guy.

"It comes down to execution," Washington said. "He’ll figure it out."

Oakland is responsible for a third of Darvish’s 18 career losses. His overall record against the A’s is 1-6 with a 4.30 ERA.

Darvish will take an 0.82 ERA and a 1-0 record to Oakland this time. His win total could easily be higher with any kind of run support. In three starts, he is yet to throw a pitch with any Rangers runs on the scoreboard.

"His job is to keep us in ballgames," Washington said. "He can’t do anything about the other part of it."

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182