Yu Darvish is one of the best pitchers in the American League. The Texas Rangers ace picked up his 10th victory of the season against the New York Yankees on Monday night, but there is one guy he still can’t seem to figure out — Brett Gardner.
Gardner accounted for New York’s only two runs of the game by hitting two solo homers off Darvish. The Yankees outfielder is now 5-for-11 lifetime against Darvish with four home runs. What gives?
Darvish on his tormentor: "I just blame the parents of Brett Gardner. I just blame them for creating a great hitter.''
— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) July 29, 2014
A lot of guys would be happy to make contact off Darvish, who has an insane arsenal of pitches and can throw any of them for strikeouts. Gardner realizes that, which is why he isn’t reading too deeply into his four homers off the right-hander.
“I’m not sure. I try to get good at-bats. Small sample size,” he told reporters Monday, via Big League Stew. “It’s hard to have confidence in the batter’s box when he’s on the mound.”
Gardner’s parents should be honored.