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Yu Darvish | Starting Pitcher | #21

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 216
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / TEX
Contract: view contract details
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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, "there are hints" that Yu Darvish is at the top of the Twins' offseason wish list.
It would be an uncharacteristic move for cost-conscious Minnesota to jump up and snag a top-tier free agent, but the team is badly in need of pitching help and Twins general manager Thad Levine was part of the contingent that brought Darvish over from Japan when he was with the Rangers. Heyman notes that the Twins also have interest in Jake Arrieta as well as "next-tier starters" Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb. They're also in touch with some high-dollar free agent relievers, like Wade Davis and Greg Holland. Nov 14 - 10:25 AM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals "are looking at high-end starters, including Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta."

Heyman does add the caveat that "they will first investigate the trade market before committing to a big-ticket free agent." President of baseball operations John Mozeliak has stated that a middle-of-the-order bat and a closer are bigger priorities for the Cardinals this winter than a starter, but it sounds like they'll still at least kick the tires on Darvish and Arrieta. However, if they do add a starter they might ultimately wind up settling on a lesser name, whether it be via trade or free agent signing.
Nov 13 - 11:18 AM

Yu Darvish failed to get out of the second inning on Wednesday, giving up five runs in 1 2/3 innings in a 5-1 loss to the Astros in Game 7 of the World Series.

Darvish became the first ever starter to start two games in the World Series and not make it out of the second inning. Let's remember that the Dodgers may not be here without Darvish; he was sensational in both of his postseason starts before the World Series. He just didn't have his stuff or command in either game against the Astros. Darvish is now a free agent, and in a very weak pitching market, he could get one of the biggest contracts of any starter in baseball this winter.
Nov 2 - 12:10 AM

Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Yu Darvish is lined up to start Game 7 of the World Series if necessary.

It has come down to a three-game set to determine the World Series this year, with a seventh game looking increasingly likely. If that's the case, it'll be Darvish on the hill for the Dodgers. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings while surrendering four runs in a losing effort in Game 3 of the series against the Astros.
Oct 29 - 7:02 PM

Yu Darvish coughed up four runs in just 1 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Astros in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

He didn't have anything working in this one and manager Dave Roberts was forced to come get him in the second inning. If anything he should have been pulled sooner. It was the shortest start of Darvish's career. He was shaky in the first inning but fell apart in the second. He allowed six hits and five of them went for extra bases, including a solo home run by Yuli Gurriel. Even the few outs Darvish got were hit hard. He issued one walk and failed to register a strikeout in the brief outing. He had allowed just two runs in 11 1/3 innings of work in his previous two postseason starts. He may get another shot at the Astros if the series goes the distance.
Oct 28 - 12:14 AM

Dodgers' skipper Dave Roberts confirmed Sunday that the team will use the same rotation order in the World Series that they did in the NLCS.

That means that Yu Darvish will pitch in Game 3 when the series shifts to Houston, after Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood work the first two games. Darvish is 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 25/2 K/BB ratio over 23 innings in his four career postseason starts.
Oct 22 - 8:50 PM

Yu Darvish worked 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Darvish gave up an opposite-field solo homer to Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the first inning but settled in nicely from there, needing just 81 total pitches to secure 19 outs. He struck out seven and issued only one walk. Darvish also tallied his first career postseason RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the sixth. That manager Dave Roberts let the longtime American Leaguer hit for himself in that spot is indicative of how sharp he looked. Darvish boasts a 1.59 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 14/1 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings (two starts) this postseason and Los Angeles leads 3-0 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
Oct 18 - 12:43 AM

Yu Darvish struck out seven batters while holding the Diamondbacks to one run over five-plus frames in Monday’s NLDS Game 3 win.

Darvish was pitching on 13 days’ rest, and the extra days off really seemed to help him in the desert. His stuff was electric in this one, as the righty touched 98 mph and threw many filthy sliders. Darvish did hang one of those sliders in the fifth to Daniel Descalso, who ripped it over the right-field wall. The right-hander allowed just two hits on the night and didn’t issue a walk. He was pulled after hitting pinch-hitter Christian Walker with a pitch to lead off the sixth, but the runner was quickly erased on a double play. The Dodgers have advanced to their fifth NLCS in the last 10 years.
Oct 10 - 2:00 AM

Yu Darvish will not make another regular-season start.

Darvish had been listed as the starter for Sunday's finale, but that instead will become a bullpen game for Los Angeles. Darvish looked terrific in his last outing and he appears ready to help the Dodgers try to win their first World Series since 1988. The big trade-deadline acquisition figures to pitch Game 2 of the National League Divison Series, with Clayton Kershaw lined up for Game 1.
Sep 27 - 8:18 PM

Yu Darvish allowed one run and two hits over seven innings and struck out nine to pitch the Dodgers past the Padres on Monday.

The Dodgers won for the 100th time this season. It's the first time they've reached the century mark since 1974, when they went 102-60 before losing the World Series to the A's. Darvish has now given the Dodgers three straight strong outings after making fans nervous with his struggles earlier this month. He'll probably still make a start this weekend, but it'll likely be a shorter one as a tuneup for the NLDS.
Sep 26 - 2:38 AM

Yu Darvish allowed one unearned run over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday’s no-decision versus the Phillies.

Darvish cruised through the first five frames but ran into trouble in the sixth. An error by Cody Bellinger to start off the inning didn’t help, and the Phillies were able to cash in that run with three straight one-out singles off Darvish to KO to right-hander. He threw 97 pitches over his 5 1/3 frames. Darvish gets the Giants this weekend.
Sep 19 - 11:47 PM

Yu Darvish blanked the Giants for seven innings, allowing just three hits, as the Dodgers won 4-1 on Wednesday.

Finally. More than their losing streak, the Dodgers' biggest concern of late had to be Darvish's struggles since coming off the disabled list. This is just the second really good start he's had for the team, the other coming against the Mets in his Dodgers debut on Aug. 4. He struck out five and walked none tonight.
Sep 14 - 2:46 AM

Yu Darvish struggled again Friday, giving up five runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rockies.

The Dodgers might not need Darvish fixed until the playoffs start, but it'd sure be nice for his fantasy owners if he could figure this out earlier. He's allowed 13 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings since coming off the disabled list late last month. The one bit of a good news from tonight is that he did get the six strikeouts he needed for 1,000. He's the quickest to reach that milestone, doing so in 128 starts.
Sep 9 - 2:16 AM

Yu Darvish lasted just three-plus innings and gave up five runs and eight hits Saturday against the Padres.

That was some flat-out lousy pitching from Darvish. His stuff is only a little off, but his command was terrible tonight, making one wonder if his back remains a problem. He's under no pressure to get it turned around right away, but the Dodgers have to hope to see some encouraging signs before it's time to set the postseason rotation.
Sep 3 - 1:59 AM

Yu Darvish surrendered three runs on six hits over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Darvish missed his last turn through the rotation due to a tight back. He struggled to consistently find the strike zone in his return to action on Sunday, walking three while throwing just 62-of-95 pitches for strikes. He will look for a little tighter of a performance when he takes on the Padres in a road start next time out. Darvish owns a 3.13 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in four starts with the Dodgers since being traded over from the Rangers at the end of July.
Aug 27 - 7:45 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
3Kyle Farmer
1B1Cody Bellinger
2Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Charlie Culberson
3Tim Locastro
SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
LF1Joc Pederson
2Andrew Toles
CF1Chris Taylor
2Enrique Hernandez
3Alex Verdugo
4Trayce Thompson
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Alex Wood
3Rich Hill
4Kenta Maeda
5Hyun-Jin Ryu
6Brandon McCarthy
7Brock Stewart
8Scott Kazmir
9Wilmer Font
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Pedro Baez
3Luis Avilan
4Tony Cingrani
5Ross Stripling
6Josh Fields
7Edward Paredes
8Walker Buehler
9Yimi Garcia
10Adam Liberatore