The thought of Yu Darvish, a declining, over-rated barely .500 pitcher possibly replacing Kenta Maeda in the Dodgers’ starting rotation is very depressing. As I wrote after the trade, giving up power hitting Willie Calhoun, who strikes out just about 10% of the time while hitting for average as well as hitting home runs, plus two other young farmhands, was a major mistake that will do little to help the team achieve its World Championship goal of this year, and will in ten years be looked back upon in the same light as those miserable trades that gave away the likes of Pedro Martinez and Mike Piazza.
After a slow start to 2017, Maeda has been lights out over the past months, and his performance last night, seven shutout innings allowing only two hits, was indicative of his
talent and his importance to the Dodgers’ rotation. As I described a couple of days ago, while Darvish began his major league career on a high note with two solid seasons, those were now quite awhile ago, and looking at his recent performances shows a very different pitcher, one who has complied a 6-9 won-lost record over this season, with an ERA over 5.00 for his last dozen starts and whose team has won only one of his last eight decisions. Continue reading