Kyle Drabek, still learning how to pitch in the big leagues himself, went toe-to-toe with the most heralded young pitcher in baseball for six innings but had one enormous disadvantage.

He was pitching against the Texas Rangers, the burliest attack in the American League.

Yu Darvish, on the other hand, was facing the Blue Jays at a time when the front end of the Toronto order has gone stone cold. That's cold like a steak in the freezer. Like Korea in The Coldest Winter, the late David Halberstam's marvellous book on that frigid conflict six decades ago.

Cold as in the memories of Ron Wilson as head coach of the Maple Leafs.

So while Darvish got the win Monday night and the headlines, Drabek actually might have registered an equally impressive performance.