In the wake of Yu Darvish’s trip to the 15-day Disabled List, many are left wondering – why not just shut Yu Darvish down for good? The Rangers really couldn’t be any further from contention and stand to lose somewhere between 90-100 games this season.
After suffering so many injuries to the pitching staff over the past 12 months, it’s easy to see why many are interested in playing it safe with the staff ace. The pitching injuries from this past year are already going to trickle into next season. Can the Rangers afford to risk further injury?
It’s always a tough call when a team is essentially playing for nothing, as the Rangers are currently doing. Shutting down Darvish would unquestionably impact fan attendance in a very negative way, so ownership will be hesitant to support such a move.
Darvish himself will take issue with not playing, despite recent comments asking for a six-man rotation. Darvish is a competitor and he wants to play regardless of team record. He’s a player and that’s what players do. That’s exactly what you want from your players too. It’s on team management to look at the bigger picture, though.
The Rangers were extremely conservative at the deadline and unable/unwilling to trade away certain players to rebuild. This either means they feel they have a legitimate chance in 2015 or it means they are more worried about attendance.
The Yu Darvish question is certainly worth asking. It doesn’t send a good message to the team or the fans, but it may be the safest and smartest move since the Rangers are basically just playing exhibition games right now.
What do you think?
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