Yu Darvish lost his last start, giving up three earned against the Halos. Prior to that, the rookie sensation has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball through the end of the season, stringing five starts where opponents “hit” .138/.189/.179. He has stopped walking batters lately, which was his Achilles. Joe Saunders is a mediocre contact pitcher with a wretched record against the Rangers, but Buck says Saunders is rested and adds, “You can make numbers look anyway you want to,” Showalter said. “If you’re looking for pitchers with good numbers against the Texas Rangers, they’re hard to find.”
Fair enough. Comment away on your wildcard Friday night action.