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.
Huge start for Yu Darvish tonight. In division, looking to get closer to first, the Cubs need to take this game with their ace on the mound. Could be a huge win for Yu in building momentum for the rest of the season. He’ll get there. Spin it and win it! #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/ae5NKWe8eJ— Quentin McCree (@quentinmccree) 27 de abril de 2018
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?
Hey, it's early, but Yu Darvish has a 6.86 ERA for the #Cubs and Gabe Kapler is calling Jake Arrieta "one of the best leaders I've ever been around.'' It's been an interesting first month for the two big starting pitching prizes of the offseason. https://t.co/Ndw5qNDxmN— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) 26 de abril de 2018
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.