Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Extra Bases: It's Darvish's turn now
By Todd Wills
The Rangers rode the left arm of rookie Martin Perez to a much needed victory over the Oakland A's on Tuesday night.
Can they do the same with the right arm of ace Yu Darvish on Wednesday afternoon?
On the due factor alone, the Rangers should. Darvish's last win came on August 12 against Houston, when he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.
Since then they've lost the last three games Darvish started. Those losses -- all by one run -- came to Seattle, the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota.
Perez stepped up big in Tuesday's 5-1 win. With the Rangers bringing back haunting memories of last year's season-ending series at Oakland -- when the A's won three games to win the West -- Perez boosted a struggling offense. He held the A's to a first-inning run in seven innings for his sixth straight victory.
The Rangers' offense did enough, ignited by Mitch Moreland's solo home run in the fourth inning, to score five runs. They still left at least three runs off the scoreboard and went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
The Rangers are 3-for-38 in those situations in the last five games. It's been agonizing to watch.
Darvish and the offense need to follow Perez's lead and step up to the moment.
WHAT'S UP NOW: Rapid reaction from the Rangers' 5-1 victory over Oakland. Plus, a post-game blog on Martin Perez and his record-breaking night.
ON DECK: The Rangers go for the series win against the A's with ace right-hander Yu Darvish (12-6, 2.73) facing A's right-hander Jarrod Parker (10-6, 3.59) at 2:37 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Has Martin Perez made himself a frontrunner in the American League Cy Young race?