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Yu Darvish | Starting Pitcher | #11

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 216
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / TEX
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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Dodgers and Cubs were among the teams scouting Yu Darvish's start against the Rays on Friday.
They had to come away impressed with what they saw after Darvish whiffed 12 over eight innings of three-run baseball. He's one of the top arms rumored to be available prior to the trade deadline, so expect the action surrounding him to heat up in the coming days. Jul 21 - 11:30 PM

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Yu Darvish struck out 12 batters while allowing three runs over eight innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday.

Darvish gave up five hits on the night, three of which were solo homers. Shin-Soo Choo took him off the hook for the loss with a game-tying homer in the ninth inning, but he remains winless dating back to June 12. This was Darvish’s 32nd career double-digit strikeout game, good enough for second in team history. Nolan Ryan ranks first with 34 of them. With Darvish’s name circulating in trade rumors, he might not get many more chances to climb that list.
Jul 21 - 11:03 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cubs have inquired with the Rangers on the availability of Yu Darvish.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports previously reported that the Rangers were trying to gauge interest in Darvish, and it appears the Cubs are one of the first teams to have checked in. It could just be due diligence, although the Cubs have been connected to other starters, as well, even after acquiring Jose Quintana, so it appears they're interested in further upgrading their rotation.
Jul 21 - 9:56 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rangers "have started reaching out to teams potentially interested in acquiring" Yu Darvish.

The Rangers aren't committed to selling yet, but they're 4.5 games out of the second American League Wild Card spot and are behind five other teams chasing the Rays and Yankees. If they do wind up selling, Darvish would immediately become the best available rental pitcher on the market. Passan lists the Astros, Brewers, Yankees, Indians, Rockies and Dodgers as teams that he could see as having interest in the impending free agent, although it's unclear at this point which, if any, of those clubs have talked to the Rangers about Darvish at this point.
Jul 21 - 8:52 AM

Yu Darvish allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Darvish struck out six and walked one on the afternoon. The game was tied at 2-2 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, when Whit Merrifield burned the ace for an RBI double. Through 20 starts covering 125 1/3 innings, Darvish owns a 3.45 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 131/42 K/BB ratio. Up next on his schedule, a road start against the Rays.
Jul 16 - 5:29 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, there is "increasing buzz" that the Rangers will listen to trade offers on Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels.

Texas is currently 16 1/2 games back of the Astros in the American League West standings but only three games behind in the crowded AL Wild Card hunt. The next two weeks will determine if the Rangers are going to be buyers or sellers at the July 31 trade deadline. Darvish, an impending free agent, owns a 3.49 ERA, 1.129 WHIP, and 125/41 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings (19 starts) this season. Hamels carries a $23.5 million guaranteed salary in 2018 and a $20 million club option for 2019. He also has a 20-team no-trade clause.
Jul 13 - 1:27 PM

Yu Darvish held the Angels to two runs over 7 1/3 innings but took a loss Sunday.

Darvish got zero runs of support in the outing, falling to 6-8 on the season. He walked four batters but struck out six and limited Anaheim to three hits. Darvish will carry a 3.49 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into the All-Star break. He has struck out 125 batters in 118 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 9 - 6:23 PM

Yu Darvish was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings by the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Darvish ran into a hot offense tonight and tied his career highs for runs and hits allowed (the only other time he gave up 11 hits was also against Boston in 2012). We'd expect him to bounce back against the Royals in his final start before the break.
Jul 5 - 12:25 AM

Yu Darvish was effective but took a loss to the Indians on Wednesday, giving up three runs -- two earned -- in six innings.

He struck out six batters and issued one free pass. He gave up seven hits but none of them left the yard. He falls to 6-6 despite a solid 3.11 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He has amassed 115 strikeouts and 37 walks in 107 innings. He has an attractive two-start week coming up facing the Red Sox and Angels, both at home.
Jun 29 - 1:02 AM

Yu Darvish had to settle for a no-decision after spinning seven scoreless frames against the Yankees on Friday.

It was the first major league matchup between Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka. And it lived up to the hype. Darvish didn’t go as deep into the game, as he was pulled after 88 pitches, but he gave up just two hits and walked none while striking out 10 batters. This was his third double-digit strikeout game of the season. He’s had a bit of a shaky month, but there’s still frontline potential here.
Jun 24 - 1:39 AM

Yu Darvish allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

Not the best of times for Darvish in this one, as he surrendered four runs in the first inning, with the big blow in the frame coming on a two-run home run by Danny Valencia. The Mariners would tack on one more in the third inning. Darvish needed 99 pitches just to make it through five innings. This was his first start since April 18 (against Oakland) in which he has yielded more than three runs. The 30-year-old right-hander will try for sharper results when he brings his 3.35 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 99/36 K/BB ratio (94 innings) into a road start against the Yankees next time out.
Jun 18 - 6:56 PM

Yu Darvish allowed one run and one hit over seven innings in defeating the Astros on Monday.

Jeremy Jeffress finished up the 6-1 victory. Darvish struck out just four in this one, but he didn't need to get the swing-and-miss when everything the Astros were hitting was pounded into the ground. Darvish moved to 6-4 with a 3.03 ERA.
Jun 13 - 12:07 AM

Yu Darvish struck out nine while allowing three runs in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Mets.

Darvish has gone nine straight starts without giving up more than three runs. Unfortunately, he's not getting a lot of offensive support, which is why he's a modest 5-4 with his 3.18 ERA.
Jun 7 - 11:36 PM

Yu Darvish took the loss Friday against the Astros after giving up three runs in five innings.

Darvish held the Astros off the board until Carlos Correa took him deep for a three-run shot in his final inning of work. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out eight and walked just one, but he needed 104 pitches to get through five innings. He has failed to go six innings in two out of his last three starts.
Jun 3 - 1:22 AM

Yu Darvish allowed three runs in six innings and took a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.

One big blow cost him the game. A three-run home run by Jose Bautista in the fifth inning accounted for the Blue Jays' entire scoring output in the contest and that was more than enough to seal the victory. Darvish surrendered five base hits and three walks while fanning four. His record falls to 5-3 with a 2.97 ERA through 11 starts. He has 72 strikeouts and 30 walks in 69 2/3 innings.
May 27 - 4:35 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3Pete Kozma
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Joey Gallo
LF1Delino DeShields
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Austin Bibens-Dirkx
8Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Matt Bush
2Keone Kela
3Jose Leclerc
4Jason Grilli
5Jeremy Jeffress
6Tony Barnette
7Alex Claudio
8Jake Diekman