What is happening to Yu Darvish?

The Japanese is not performing at the level that we all expected

Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish | AP

It has been a rough start for Yu Darvish at the Wrigley Field; the stellar Japanese pitcher signed for the Chicago Cubs during this off-season, hoping to return to his best shape and being the dominant pitcher that he once was.


But so far things are not going as planned for both the Nipponese and the Cubs; as his new start of life so far is not what we expected when he signed his 6-year-long contract for 126 million dollars earlier this year.


But his manager, Joe Maddon, has come up to defend his player from the accusations that the Japanese's struggles are because of his lack of competitiveness and effort. Maddon spoke with Jesse Rogers of ESPN about this issue:

This concept that he doesn't compete is absolutely fabricated and false. This guy is one of the best pitchers in the world, not in the United States, but in the world. How could you arrive at that point if you don't compete?


So far, Darvish is yet to achieve his first victory of the season, as he has started four games and losing 2 of them. Also, he has a 6.86 ERA over 19.2 innings pitched this campaign.