His first season with the Chicago Cubs couldn’t have gone worse. What does Yu Darvish need to do to flip the script and win over fans this season?
Right-hander Yu Darvish, a highly coveted free agent star just a year ago, made one of the worst first impressions one could hope to ever make with an organization. Darvish had all the hype after proving himself following his jump from overseas. In the big leagues, he accumulated a 57-45 record, 3.45 ERA, and 11 K/9 through his first six seasons. This track record helped him land the monster six-year, $126 million dollar deal with the Chicago Cubs.
However, describing his 2018 campaign in Chicago as disastrous would be an understatement. In just eight starts, the last of which came on May 20, Darvish went 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA and 1.45 WHIP before being shut down for the season.
Things were so bad that even Yu was lead to believe that Cubs fans hated him. With the nightmare of 2018 in his rearview mirror (hopefully), things can only go up for Darvish as we head into 2019, and he has an excellent opportunity to rewrite his narrative moving forward in Chicago.