Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has backed rookie Yu Darvish to shine in the postseason after naming the youngster as his starting pitcher for the play-offs. The 26-year old has gone someway to fulfilling the huge amount of hype that surrounded his move to Texas in the off-season, and now has a chance of pitching in his team’s biggest games of the year.
The rookie has enjoyed some impressive mlb scores, and is 16-9 with 3.90 ERA from his 29 starts, throwing 191 1/3 innings and up to third in the AL with an impressive 221 strikeouts, being hit for just .220 from a very encouraging first season in the big leagues, despite a somewhat nervy start to the year following his much publicised move from Japan.
A neck problem had threatened to rob the Rangers of their starting pitcher for this postseason, however, Darvish has been declared fully fit and ready to retake his place on the mound.
Team manager Washington has admitted the youngster had to adapt to life in the majors, but poured praise on Darvish and backed his pitcher to step up and play his part in the Rangers’ postseason plans.
“He’s our big-game pitcher,” Washington said. “That’s something he’s always been in his career.”
“He’s figured out how to use his repertoire now. He’s relaxed. He’s confident. I think he’s realized now that competing, being relaxed, trusting and believing (in his stuff) is what he needs to succeed. That’s what he is when he’s at his best.”
Darvish hasn’t had it all his way since his big-money move to Texas, but the Japanese sensation has proven himself mature beyond his years, working his way through some early wobbles to establish himself as one of the league’s most exciting young pitchers and could even be a potential mlb world series picks.