MESA, Ariz. – Two sides to everything?
Just seem at Yu Darvish.
No, actually, seem at Yu Darvish.
On any presented day involving assigned bullpen function or starts off – spring or summer – a eager observer could possibly recognize the weird, incorrect way Darvish is throwing the baseball.
Wrong as in not appropriate.
As in the dude is throwing still left-handed. Remarkably polished and strong.
“I commenced in junior high when I was 14 yrs aged, but at that time it was not so superior,” mentioned Darvish, who has attained 4 All-Star selections as a appropriate-handed electricity pitcher. “But it’s acquiring better since I’ve arrive to MLB.”
Through his recovery from Tommy John surgical procedure in 2015 Darvish threw still left-handed a lot. He mentioned at 1 place in that stretch a radar gun clocked his hardest lefty throw at 79.
Talk about major-league all set: That is just about Hendricksian-degree electricity, fergawdsake.
Which qualified prospects to the evident dilemma: Why not use this unusual skill to pull a Pat Venditte and pitch from both of those sides in a game – or, say, retain going last calendar year when his appropriate elbow held him from throwing with that arm?
Venditte, who pitched for the Athletics, Mariners, Blue Jays and Dodgers the last 4 yrs, has a glove he can use on both hand as the majors’ only energetic ambidextrous pitcher. He’s in camp with the Giants this spring.
“No probability,” Darvish mentioned. “I can not throw strikes. And my still left elbow is not superior.”
Still, he mentioned he’s capable to throw a slider and curve ball lefty, and a changeup.
And just about the time locker neighbor Cole Hamels perked up in the course of some relaxed eavesdropping, Darvish added: “I imagine my slider’s truly better than Cole Hamels’.”
Hamels laughed. But didn’t deny it.
“Teammates are always joking, telling me, `Hey, throw still left-handed,’ ” Darvish mentioned.
Darvish will get at least 1 serious gain out of it, he mentioned.
“After I start out, the following day I will throw still left-handed extensive toss,” he mentioned, “for the harmony. It is superior harmony for the system because we always use this [right] facet.”
And here’s a exciting simple fact: Darvish had a increased still left-handed WAR in 2018 than appropriate-handed, with out at any time throwing a pitch from that facet.
Alright, that simple fact is probably not so exciting (his season WAR minus-.2, according to baseballreference.com).
Power and harmony, guaranteed. Possibly superior treatment when going through an damage.
But what about some game action? He’s got 5 yrs still left on his Cubs deal.
So far in camp, he’s seemed superior in bullpen periods, but what if that appropriate arm, like, fell off or a little something?
“Then I would check out,” he mentioned.