Yu Darvish, ex-starter for the Rangers who, for some reason, was either widely loved or widely hated, is now a Chicago Cub.
He gets $21 million per year, plus incentives.
In five major seasons, almost all with Texas, he has a 3.42 ERA and a .571 winning percentage. During the regular season.
Not so much on the post-season.
Darvish is coming off a mediocre regular season and perhaps the worst World Series performance by a starting pitcher ever, when he went two games without getting out of the second inning in either game.
It’s the post-season where Darvish craters.
In six starts, he is 2-4 with a 5.81 ERA.
He started the Rangers wild card game after the Collapse of 2012 but was outpitched by Baltimore’s Joe Saunders, in a 1-0 loss.
Then, he had a dreadful start in Game 2 of the Division Series against Toronto, giving up four home runs, and five total runs, in just five innings of a game that put Texas in an 0-2 playoff hole.
Forgotten in last season’s World Series meltdown was the game he pitched in the Division Series againt the Diamondbacks and Zack Greinke, going five innings, which is all the Dodgers allow any starter other than Kershaw to go, giving up just one run, in a game he won. Then he out-pitched Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs in Game 3 of the Championship Series, allowing just one run in six innings.
Then came disaster.
Then came the World Series meltdown.
Here’s hoping the Cubs get regular-season Yu and not post-season Yu.
Good luck in Chicago, Darvish. Thanks for your time in Texas.