Darvish’s Dodgers debut set: Friday vs. Mets

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The 30-year-old right-hander made his last start on July 26, so he will be throwing on eight days’ rest. Darvish has a career 3.06 ERA in games with six or more days of rest, compared to a 3.49 ERA in all other starts. 

The Dodgers acquired Darvish from the Rangers for a package of three prospects, headlined by MLB Pipeline’s No. 69 overall prospect, Willie Calhoun. Darvish has a 4.01 ERA with 148 strikeouts over 137 innings this season.

With his new club, Darvish will wear No. 21. On the Dodgers, the number Darvish wore in Texas, No. 11, is currently worn by Logan Forsythe.

Roberts also announced that another of the club’s Deadline acquisitions, left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani, will join the Dodgers on Thursday.

The Dodgers are currently using a six-man rotation, with Kenta Maeda set for Tuesday’s game, followed by Brock Stewart, Alex Wood, Darvish and Rich Hill. Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched on Sunday, and injured ace Clayton Kershaw and Brandon McCarthy are expected to return before the end of the regular season.

Darvish, who is set to hit free agency this offseason, has been among the best pitchers in baseball since he came over from Japan in 2012. His 11.04 strikeouts per nine innings rank second only to the late Jose Fernandez among qualified starters since ’12, and his 3.42 ERA and 3.30 FIP are also among MLB’s leaders.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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