Sunday, May 19, 2013
Dose of Darvish: All well after 130 pitches
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- So far any concern about the 130 pitches Yu Darvish threw in Thursday's start against the Detroit Tigers aren't shared by the pitcher himself.
It has been business as usual for the seven-game winner, who said he hasn't changed anything about his between-starts routine.
"I didn't have much fatigue after the 130 pitches," Darvish said.
His next start against the Oakland A's and their right-hander Dan Straily will have a little less -- make that a lot less -- hype than Thursday's matchup against Detroit's Justin Verlander. Darvish won that game, even though both pitchers struggled early.
Verlander was knocked out of the game in the third inning after he allowed eight runs. Darvish trailed early, 3-1, but bounced back to pitch eight innings and throw those final 15 pitches in the eighth inning to get him up to 130.
The highlight of the outing was Darvish's slow down curve to Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who hit a three-run home run Sunday night against Derek Holland. Darvish found a way to baffle Cabrera, throwing him the 62-mph curveball that he's gone as low as 59 mph with this season.
"I got a swing and a miss from Cabrera," Darvish said. "I don't think I have to perfect that anymore."
Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said on Galloway & Company on ESPN-FM 103.3 this week that Darvish has the best slider in baseball. Darvish said Sunday that he is honored and grateful that the Hall of Fame pitcher would say that.
Darvish was asked where he ranks himself among the top pitchers in baseball after starting this season with a 7-1 record and a 2.97 ERA. It's too early to tell, he said.
He's pitched only 38 games in the big leagues.
"I still think Verlander is the best pitcher in Major League Baseball," Darvish said. "I only have won 20 or so games here in the big leagues. I don't think I'm at a point where you guys can compare me to the top pitchers in Major League Baseball. I'm not even at the starting point."