NEW YORK — No need to curb your enthusiasm now. As debuts go, that was pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Yu Darvish pitched seven scoreless innings in his debut with the Dodgers, holding the New York Mets to three hits while striking out 10 in a 6-0 victory Friday night.
The shutout was a long way from the 10 runs Darvish allowed in 3-2/3 innings over his final start with the Texas Rangers nine days ago and reversed a recent trend that saw Darvish go 0-5 with a 5.81 ERA over his final eight starts before Monday’s trade from the Rangers to the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he spoke with Darvish before the game and the right-hander was “just very calm” about making his first start for the Dodgers. But some nerves might have been evident in the first inning.
Darvish gave up a single to Michael Conforto on his first pitch and walked Jay Bruce two batters later. A fly out put runners at the corners for Curtis Granderson, who hit what looked like it would be an RBI single through the middle. But the 6-foot-5 Darvish reached up and snared the liner over his head to escape the inning unharmed.
Darvish settled in after that. He retired 18 of 20 batters after the first inning, allowing just two singles.
According to Elias Sports, Darvish is the first Dodgers pitcher since 1900 to strike out 10 or more while walking one or less in his debut with the team.
Mets starter Jacob deGrom put some pressure on him in the third inning when he led off with one of those singles and stole second base. But Darvish struck out Michael Conforto and Asdrubal Cabrera then got Jay Bruce to bloop softly to shortstop Corey Seager.
In the fifth, Darvish struck out Conforto again to…
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