Should the Dodgers bring back Yu Darvish? This has been a question that baseball fans have been asking all offseason. As many of you know, I’ve been against this all offseason. Why? Three words, “the World Series.” Okay, it’s not only his World Series performance, but it is the biggest reason.
Darvish owned a 10-12 record with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 31 starts in 2017. Darvish’s stats were not the stats of an Ace while he was in Texas and he got only a little better after being traded. With the Rangers, he owned a 6-9 record with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Then when he was traded to the Dodgers and began changing his mechanics, he went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.
After Darvish’s dominant Dodgers debut, things looked really hopeful. He pitched seven shutout innings against the New York Mets in that game. After that, things went downhill. He allowed two runs in his next start, followed by three the next time. He just kept giving up runs and I began to hope he wouldn’t make the playoff roster.
Darvish then got the Dodgers’ hopes really high when he dominated against the Cubs in the NLCS. But then things changed. Darvish couldn’t make it through three innings against the Astros in either game he pitched in the World Series. When the dust settled, Dodger fans were blaming Darvish for the loss. We were right.
Then today, MLB National Reporter, Barry Bloom, tried to explain why the Dodgers should re-sign Darvish. He said that the Dodgers only had him for a couple of months. And he was right. But that was too long. If the Dodgers bring Darvish back, we will see the same things we saw from him. A few good starts mixed in with lots of frustrating starts. He also says that Darvish spent time changing his mechanics. That’s true. And then what happened? He went back to his old ways when it mattered most.
No matter what anybody else says, I do not believe that Darvish is a good fit for the Dodgers. Comment below and tell me your opinion on this subject.