Yu Darvish, much to the dismay of everyone in the world, went 8.2 perfect innings before Marwin Gonzalez, the same Marwin Gonzalez with a .607 OPS last season, hit a single between Darvish’s legs and past a diving Elvis Andrus to end Darvish’s bid. Right between the five hole those hockey fans like to talk about. A little slower, a bigger hop, an inch to the left, and perhaps Darvish gets a piece of it or Andrus can snag it and throw from his backside to get the out. 

Not that Darvish wasn’t amazing, giving up one hit and striking out fourteen. He mixed all six of his pitches, getting 12 whiffs on his slider and 11 on his cutter.

In the end, the Astros looked a lot like the team that some peg as the worst in the league and Darvish looked every bit the unstoppable force he was in Japan. It’s always foolish to look too deeply into one game, but all of those who pegged Darvish for the Cy Young this year, they’re looking pretty sharp. 

It’s only day two of the Major League season and we’ve already seen plenty of great moments. It’s nice to have baseball back. 

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