But they sure can pitch.
Darvish, however, has been particularly dominant as of late.
His excellence has earned him the nod to start Game 1 of the Wild Card Series and also given him the chance to earn an important individual award.
“The Padres’ starter for Game 1 of their Wild Card series was named National League Player of the Month for September. Yu Darvish had a 1.85 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in six starts,” San Diego Union-Tribune Kevin Acee tweeted on Monday.
The Padres’ starter for Game 1 of their Wild Card series was named National League Player of the Month for September.
Yu Darvish had a 1.85 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in six starts.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) October 3, 2022
Darvish Is Rounding Into Form
A 1.85 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP over a six-start sample is actually quite impressive, and a sign that Darvish is rounding into form at the right time.
For the season as a whole, the righty has a rock-solid 3.10 ERA with a 3.31 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) in 194.2 innings.
With 197 strikeouts and 4.2 Wins Above Replacement (WAR), Darvish has been one of the best and most consistent pitchers in the National League.
All the Padres want is for him to maintain his current form in the playoffs.
Before the start of Tuesday’s games, the Padres held the second Wild Card and the fifth seed in the National League, which means they would face the New York Mets if the playoffs started today.
Things can still change, though, but Darvish looks ready to dominate right now.NEXT: Padres Share A Must-See Video Showing Off Their Celebration