In a few hours, Yu Darvish will attempt to put the Los Angeles Dodgers closer to the World Series than they've been in 29 years. But first, an explanation. After stories suggesting the Dodgers overhauled his pitching style led the social media world to wonder if the Rangers pitching coaches had somehow failed him, Darvish felt the need to set the record straight. In a long and unsolicited text to The Dallas Morning News, he called Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail and just-fired bullpen coach Brad Holman "great coaches" and "great people." He said any criticism of either where his performance is involved is unwarranted. "Though I have been pitching better the last four games, there are times I did not pitch well since I have come to the Dodgers, " Darvish wrote in a text. "I have been thinking about the reasons why I have been able to pitch better. But before I do, I just want to say this: There should be no criticism of Doug Brocail or Brad Holman. They are both very good coaches without a doubt. They are also great people. I'm not the kind of person who lies, so please trust me when I say this. "Since I came to the U.S., I was told 'throw more fastballs' and 'pitch with better tempo' from the entire team," Darvish added. "I don't disagree that this is good coaching. It is right and good coaching for a lot of players. But I also should mention that my best year was 2013 when I believe I had the lowest fastball percentage of my career. "The Dodgers did talk to me about pitch selection, but what I am doing is still somewhat different from that. I guess the biggest difference that has helped me the most is that the Dodgers people have approached me and let me pitch the way I like to pitch. "This may have to do with them winning so many games and it was a luxury they could afford. But there is no major difference in coaching or philosophy that has made me a better pitcher." There is no doubt Darvish has been dominant in his last four games, going 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA and a .133 opponents batting average while averaging less than 15 pitches per inning.
Yu Darvish: Stop criticizing Rangers pitching coaches
Dallas Morning News | Oct 18