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Darvish takes fourth 1-0 loss of year

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Yu Darvish's bad fortune in 1-0 games continued Saturday.
Yu Darvish's bad fortune in 1-0 games continued Saturday. (USATSI)

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Earlier this week, I wrote about Rangers ace -- yes, he's an ace -- Yu Darvish and his 1-0 losses. I guess I should have waited, because he just took another one. After Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Athletics, Darvish now joins a rather exclusive group of starting pitchers in baseball history.

Here's the updated list of pitchers who have lost at least four 1-0 contests in a single regular season (since 1916, as data prior to that isn't available on baseball-reference.com's excellent play index):

1. Roger Craig, five, 1963
1. Jim Bunning, five, 1967
1. Fergie Jenkins, five, 1968
2. Walter Johnson, four, 1916
2. Lee Meadows, four, 1916
2. Billy Pierce, four, 1955
2. Don Drysdale, four, 1964
2. Orel Hershisher, four, 1989
2. Darvish, four, 2013

That's it. Only nine times in baseball history has a starting pitcher taken at least four 1-0 losses on the chin as Darvish has this season. So his record is now 12-9, but shouldn't we be looking deeper than that?

Darvish sports a nice rate-stat line -- 2.79 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 3.82 K/BB -- and leads the majors with 256 strikeouts in 193 2/3 innings. He's headed for a top three finish in Cy Young voting and rightfully so, but that pesky record sits at just 12-9 -- thanks in part to these four 1-0 losses.

Some more interesting nuggets:

•The only other Rangers pitcher with at least four 1-0 losses in his entire Rangers career is Jenkins (5).

Darvish becomes the first pitcher since 2004 (Randy Johnson) to lose four double-digit strikeout games in a season.

This is the first time in Darvish's professional career -- including when he played in Nippon Professional Baseball (Japan) -- that he's lost four consecutive starts.

 
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