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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Dose of Darvish: Another shot at Seattle

By Todd Wills

The Rangers pushed Yu Darvish's start back from Thursday to Friday to give him an extra day of rest. And to give him another shot at the Seattle Mariners.

Ok, not really on the second part, though the Rangers would enjoy seeing Darvish find some success against the Mariners. The AL West rival has been his nemesis early on in his career.

Darvish is 18-10 with a 3.80 ERA since debuting in the big leagues last year. His walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) is 1.23 for his career. He's had rough outings against the Sox -- Chicago and Boston -- but has faced each team just once. Darvish has made five starts against Seattle.

Darvish is 2-3 with a 6.21 ERA and 1.45 WHIP against the Mariners. He has struggled with his command against Seattle, with 17 walks and four hit batters in 29 innings. He has averaged six innings per start against Seattle. He's close to seven innings per start against the rest of the league.

Darvish allowed three first inning runs at Seattle last Friday, and even though he followed that with four scoreless innings, he still took another loss against the Mariners.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager had a two-run double in the first inning off Darvish. That's no surprise since no one has Darvish's number like Seager, who is batting .385 with seven RBIs against him. Seager has two more RBIs than any hitter against Darvish; Detroit's Torii Hunter is next i nline.

The silver lining? Darvish has been much better against the Mariners at home. He is 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.26 WHIP against Seattle at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. And most of the damage in Arlington came when he allowed four runs on four hits, three walks and a wild pitch in the first inning of his Rangers debut last April against Seattle. Darvish and the Rangers actually won that game 11-5.

Darvish gets another crack at the Mariners on Friday. Can he reverse the Starbucks curse?