Rangers won't let Angels see Yu Darvish ... yet
The Texas Rangers, rather than allow the division-rival Los Angeles Angels to get a spring look at right-hander Yu Darvish, will instead have Darvish pitch in a minor-league game on Sunday.
As T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports, the Rangers, rather than allow Yu Darvish make his next scheduled spring start on Sunday against those Angels, will instead have their import ace face a minor-league lineup, safely away from the prying eyes and bats of Anaheim.
While this might seem like an unnecessary bit of espionage on the part of Texas -- after all, there's no doubt that each Darvish (9.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 10 K, 7 BB, 0 HR this spring) start to date has been heavily attended by Ranger advance scouts -- there's something to be said for not letting the likes of
As well, there's the fact that limited exposure could be of extra benefit to a pitcher like Darvish, whose uncommonly deep repertoire and somewhat unorthodox delivery could befuddle stateside hitters in the early going (or even permanently). And, of course, such relative secrecy adds to the "aura" of Darvish.
Call it La Russa-style "psych ops" if you want, but in a division that could have a hair-thin margin, every edge helps.
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