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Yu Darvish’s Kryptonite? The Oakland A’s

Texas Rangers pitcher Darvish reacts after a hit by Houston Astros' Gonzalez goes through his legs in their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish reacts after a hit by Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez goes through his legs and he lost his perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston April 2, 2013. REUTERS/Richard Carson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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Yu Darvish turned in the shortest start of his career last night against Oakland, failing to make it out of the fourth inning. It was his first non-Quality Start of the season and continues a career-long pattern for Darvish of struggling against the A’s.

For his career Darvish is 30-19 with a 3.29 ERA in 66 starts for the Rangers, but here’s how that breaks down:

Against the A’s: 1-7 with a 4.73 ERA in 9 starts.

Against everyone else: 29-12 with a 3.09 ERA in 57 starts.

Compared to other teams Oakland has drawn nearly 40 percent more walks against Darvish, which helps explain a lot of those overall numbers. Last night the A’s drew only two walks off him, but made Darvish throw 83 pitches to get 10 outs.

Could just be random chance or a small sample size or whatever, but the struggles against the A’s are magnified because the two teams play each other so often and are battling for division titles each season.

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