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His first start was not good.
His second start was OK.
His third start was good.
His fourth start was a work of art.
Yu Darvish painted the strike zone beautifully, baffling the Yankees hitters who were left walking back to the dugout trying to count the different pitches they had seen in their at-bat.
The rookie Japanese pitcher went 8.1 innings allowing zero runs while striking out 10 and giving up just two walks.
His command was immensely better than what it was in his first three outings. He did a brilliant job running his cutter away from left-handed batters and in on the fists to right-handed batters. His curveball was devastating and froze Curtis Granderson to get the first out in the third inning with the bases loaded. By my count he used seven different pitches and they were all going for strikes.
It remains to be seen if this was just a flash of things to come, or if this game was Darvish’s coming out party. One this is for sure though, Texas has something special in Darvish.