All eyes were on Yu Darvish as he pitched for the first time for the Texas Rangers. The rookie from Japan took on the Seattle Mariners. The results? They weren’t good. Darvish already has baseball fans wondering if the expensive import is going to be a bust.
In the first inning, Darvish gave up four runs. He finished the game with five earned runs allowed in 5.2 innings. He struck out five, walked four and gave up eight hits. Luckily for him, the Rangers bats came alive and Darvish ended up with a lucky win.
But going forward, the Rangers are going to want to see much more out of Darvish. They spent more than a $100 million to bring him over from Japan. For him to live up to that money, Darvish is going to have to be at least very good. If he’s mediocre or bad, Yu Darvish would be a gigantic bust.