The Cubs lured in Yu Darvish for his pitching and a fit in the pitching rotation. Playing in the American League for most of his career, Darvish has only had to bat 14 times with the Rangers, but 17 with the Dodgers at the end of 2018. You could probably conclude that Yu Darvish can’t hit a baseball, reach base, or even round the bases. On Friday against the White Sox, Darvish showcased everything besides his pitching and can truly do it all.
In the fourth inning with his second at-bat of the game, Darvish lined on an opposite-field base hit and made it to first base. Then he even became chancy and stepped off the bag and was in the stance that he was going to steal second or run on the next hit. Ian Happ doubled into the right-field corner in the next at-bat and Darvish turned the corner at second and reached third with a potential chance of scoring but was held. He did not get the opportunity to cross home plate, but Yu Darvish displayed his hitting, base stealing, and base running skills all in one game. That’s pretty incredible for a Spring Training game.
Now on to the pitching against the White Sox, Darvish was also very good. He tossed five innings, allowing just three hits and struck out four batters in his 3rd start this Spring. Darvish earned the win backed by Willson Contreras’ home run, and then Mike Freeman’s homer in the same inning.
Keep amazing us Yu Darvish!