Baseball fans in Southern California are still recovering from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ loss to the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the World Series. The blowout defeat leaves a sour taste in the mouth, but it was the horrendous pitching by former Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish that has stuck in the heads of many.
Darvish, now a member of the Chicago Cubs, allowed Houston to jump to a quick 5-0 lead and Los Angeles was never able to recover. Some Astros’ players claim that Darvish was “tipping” his pitches, but the hard-throwing right-hander has his doubts, according to Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register:
“Obviously, the Astros are a great, strong team,” Darvish said through his interpreter. “I don’t really know, honestly, if that was it or if the Astros are simply a good team. I think it was partly me not being at my top level in the World Series.”
Darvish did allow five runs in less than two innings, but he is not entirely to blame for the Game 7 meltdown. The Dodgers failed to capitalize on several scoring opportunities, and the energy was sucked out of Chavez Ravine.
The Dodgers will hope to return to the World Series this season to avenge their loss last year, but this year they will do so without Darvish in the lineup. Needless to say, it will be interesting to see if they meet down the line in the postseason.