On Monday night, excellent lefties CC Sabathia and Derek Holland combined to allow 11 runs. With struggling right-handers Hiroki Kuroda and Yu Darvish set to do battle last night, I was fully expecting a display of offensive fireworks, one that would thoroughly disappoint an entire nation that had called in sick from work just to see this game.
When I predicted yesterday that Yu Darvish would be forced to reach 100 pitches before the fifth inning, I forgot a lesson we were reminded of just three days prior from Felix Doubront: The Yankees simply don’t hit pitchers they’ve never seen. I have not yet heard a sound explanation for this phenomenon, and perhaps I’m buying into selective memory, but this seems to be a trend that has plagued the franchise throughout the last decade. And the arsenal of pitches they had yet to see from Darvish is larger than most.
Still, credit where it’s due: Darvish threw two-thirds of his pitches for strikes, punching out ten while allowing seven hi...