There was nothing else to do but pull up a chair and watch Darvish. Tonight’s game was all about him. He dazzled with his array of pitches, with his poise on the mound, with his ability to shut the Yankees down even when he was in trouble a couple of times, with the innings he gave the Rangers. He made our guys look silly.
Well, except Kuroda, who looked good against a very powerful lineup – good enough to win on any other night. Bad luck for him.
I hope Hughes performs just as well tomorrow night so we can take the rubber game of this series.
In other pitching news, the hubbub surrounding Pineda is starting to get worrisome. So much speculation about his MRI today and the fact that we won’t know the results until after his second opinion on Wednesday. Are second opinions really that unusual? From the media coverage, you’d think he and his agent were seeking medical counsel from Roger Clemens. (Notice I’m not even mentioning his trial. Oops, I just did.) If I were a young pitcher trying to launch my career as a New York Yankee and I’d been shut down with shoulder pain, I’d go ask a couple of doctors about it too.
Still, he didn’t pitch well in the second half of last season for the Mariners and he had a rough spring for the Yanks with questions about his velocity. Was he having problems before Cashman traded for him? If so, wouldn’t an injury have been revealed during his physical? Or did he really get hurt during that one spring training game? I don’t know, but the situation is troubling. We’d better not have gotten stuck with this.