While a pair of rough starts in the World Series may have cost him some money in free agency, there shouldn't be any lasting effect in terms of 2018 performance. Yu Darvish fashions one of the league's top strikeout arms, finishing 12th last season with 209 punchouts. His 1.16 WHIP was ninth best among hurlers with at least 180 innings, though a high home run rate resulted in a bloated 3.86 ERA. Darvish was one of the bigger names moved at the July 31 trade deadline as the Rangers parted ways with their ace. With the Dodgers, the 30-year old righty spun a 3.44 ERA, recording four of the 10 wins earned for the season. Darvish's best pitch is the slider, which was purportedly hindered by a slicker ball used in the playoffs. Another year removed from Tommy John surgery, there's no reason the veteran shouldn't challenge 200 innings, with well over 200 whiffs. One tier down from the elite, Darvish is still a fantasy stud.
Darvish signed a six-year deal with the Cubs on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The 31-year-old ace will slot right into the top of the Cubs' rotation. Assuming he recovers from an apparent pitch-tipping issue which led to a pair of poor outings in the World Series, he should be a dominant pitcher in Chicago. While the move to Wrigley Field may add a few home runs to his total, joining a team as strong as the Cubs should give him the opportunity to earn a few extra wins.
Darvish will start Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros on Wednesday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports. Darvish allowed four earned runs off six hits and one walk in 1.2 innings during Friday's Game 3 loss in Houston, but receives a shot at redemption from manager Dave Roberts in the winner-take-all Game 7. He will once again be opposed by Lance McCullers, as both pitchers are coming in on normal rest. During Darvish's first two postseason starts prior to Game 3 on Friday, the right-hander allowed just two earned runs while striking out 14 over 11.1 innings to help the Dodgers reach the World Series.
Darvish will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Astros on Friday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. After throwing for a 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over nine starts with the Dodgers following a trade from the Rangers at the end of July, Darvish has been absolutely dialed in during the postseason. He's gone 2-0 over his two starts (11.1 innings) and logged a 14:1 K:BB while allowing just two runs. He'll look to carry his recent success into Friday's game against a high-powered Houston offense.
Darvish will not make another start before the end of the regular season, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports. Darvish was originally expected to make his final start of the regular season Sunday, but the Dodgers will instead turn the game over to their bullpen. The 31-year-old, who owns a 3.44 ERA and 61:13 K:BB through nine starts with the Dodgers, will now use simulated outings to stay sharp for his next start, which will come in the playoffs. He's lined up to start Game 3 of the NLDS on Oct. 9.
Darvish (10-12) allowed just one run on two hits while striking out nine across seven innings in a victory over the Padres on Monday. The right-hander asserted his dominance against one of the league's worst offenses, tossing over 70 percent of his pitches for strikes and letting just three Padres traverse the basepaths. Darvish now has a 3.44 ERA and four victories since joining the Dodgers. He lines up for a road start against the Rockies in his final outing of the regular season.