The San Diego Padres are set to face the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Championship Series (NLCS), starting on Tuesday at Petco Park.
Both teams are fresh off eliminating the favorites in each series: the Padres knocked out the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Phillies took care of the reigning World Series champs, the Atlanta Braves.
Both series finished in four games.
Now, San Diego is starting to prepare for the NLCS, and that includes naming a starter for Game 1.
Luckily, they have that covered: Yu Darvish will be taking the ball to face the Phils.
Padres make it official.
RHP Yu Darvish will start Game 1 of the NLCS.
Darvish had prepared to start today in L.A. if Game 5 had been necessary.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) October 16, 2022
Darvish Leads An Excellent Rotation
The talented Darvish posted a solid 3.10 ERA in 194.2 frames during the regular season, good for a 4.2 WAR (Wins Above Replacement).
Despite a bit of a homer problem (3.0 HR/9, or homers allowed per nine innings), Darvish has been very good in the postseason, too, with starts against the New York Mets and the Dodgers.
He has a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings of work, with a 2-0 record and 11 strikeouts.
It’s fair to say that manager Bob Melvin and the Padres trust that Darvish gives them the best chance to win on Tuesday night, when the NLCS starts and Darvish has to face several red-hot hitters in the Phillies lineup.
He is good enough to shut them all down, though.