Ender wrote:I really hate that they left him in on his 1st game just to get some silly personal award like a no hitter. I was really happy that he blew it because I'm a cranky old man. His reaction to giving up the hit was priceless and made me an instant Darvish fan, wish he had finished it off now~.
Despite great analysis I sometimes wonder whether or not you enjoy baseball. It was a possible perfect game and he was only at 110 pitches. I also liked his reaction.
He was at 107 pitches going into the 9th in the 1st game he has pitched all year with a 7 run lead. There is no real reason to send him out there from a team standpoint. I don't put much value into things like no hitters, I mean Juan Nieves and Phillip Humber have them so it isn't like a sign of an elite pitcher, it is just some flukey thing that happens usually against a bad lineup. I would manage a game the exact same as if he had given up 4 hits and they were up 7 to 0 and he had 107 pitches, which would be to take him out.