Can Yu Darvish Pull It Off For Rangers?

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Under the new format in Major League Baseball, the two wild card teams in the A.L. and N.L. will play a single game playoff with the winner advancing to the divisional series which starts Sunday.

There’s been much talk about whether this arrangement is fair after 162 games. The way I look at it, it’s game seven for four teams.

For the A.L., that means the Texas Rangers will face the Baltimore Orioles at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Rookie sensation, Yu Darvish, (16-9 with a 3.90 ERA) will pitch tonight for the Rangers. In his last 8 starts, he’s gone 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA, so he’s been pitching pretty well.

YU, The Whirling Darish (Hurling Darvish? :), can he pull it off tonight?

Darvish said, “Of course, I’m ready… If I wasn’t ready, I wouldn’t be named to pitch that game. I’m just going to try to approach it like any other start and try to win.”

Joe Saunders will pitch for the Orioles. Since coming from Arizona, he’s been 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts.

Meanwhile, in the N.L., the St. Louis Cardinals will play the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. The Braves will start Kris Medlen, who is 9-0 with an 0.97 earned run average as a starter this season. For the Cards, it’s Kyle Lohse, who was 16-3 with a 2.86 E.R.A.

This may be Chipper Jones’ final game as a pro baseball player if the Braves lose. Still at the top of his game, Jones will retire at the end of this season.

The thing to consider here is that the Cardinals have been clutch in the playoffs recently. Not so much for the Braves.

But if pitching truly does win games, look for the Braves and Rangers to advance.

We’ve been fans of Yu Darvish since he came to the Rangers, even dedicating one of our baseball t shirts to him. We look for Yu to have a very strong game tonight. He pitched well in two playoff games for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japan Central League, so he’s got a history of coming up big in big games.

Our picks are the Rangers and Braves. But be smart. Don’t put money on it. 🙂

Best quote on the new playoff format? Oakland general manager Billy Beane said, “Yeah, listen, it’s great and it’s terrible all in the same sentence.”

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