Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish

SP - CHC
Age: 32Bats: RThrows: R

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CIN @ CHC
Tue, 7/16 8:05pm
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Rank P #57
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Arthroscopic elbow surgery limited Darvish to eight starts in 2018. Adding insult to injury, he wasn't even good (4.95 ERA) in his brief time on the mound. He has looked just as bad in 2019. The righty has relinquished an appalling 49 walks in 97 innings, giving him a destructive 5.01 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Darvish has also served up 20 home runs in 18 starts, only four of which were quality starts. While he has harnessed his command with just five walks in his past five outings, he's still getting hit too hard to trust in fantasy lineups. He's the ultimate boom-or-bust starter whose value keeps dipping. It's not crazy to drop him in 10- or 12-team mixed leagues with limited bench spots.

Darvish missed most of the 2018 season due to elbow and triceps injuries, and he was clearly not himself for the 40 innings he was able to pitch. Health has been a constant concern for Darvish, but he's been a consistently dominant strikeout pitcher, and last year was the first time in his Major League career that he's had an ERA over 3.90 or WHIP above 1.28. His team context in Chicago remains great, so the chance of a big bounce back season is there if he can just stay off of the IL.