NEW YORK — If Yu Darvish’s first outing is any indication, the Los Angeles Dodgers just went from dangerous to deadly.
The right-hander made his Dodgers debut at Citi Field on Friday night and he didn’t disappoint, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball while striking out 10 and surrendering just three hits.
The most trouble that Los Angeles’ newest addition faced came in the bottom of the first inning, when New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto opened the frame with a single to right field.
And with a strikeout and walk to Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce, respectively, Darvish faced two men on and it looked like his debut was going to open on a sour note.
Then the Dodgers got a taste of who they made a move for. Darvish forced a pop fly before robbing Curtis Granderson of a line drive up the middle to escape the inning unscathed.
From there, Darvish cruised.
The Mets couldn’t seem to catch up to his fastball — Darvish put six down swinging — and a curveball that dropped as low as 73 mph didn’t make things any easier.
While Darvish was nearly perfect from the mound, he didn’t necessarily have to be. The Dodgers homered twice and scored six runs to support their new ace, enough to give Darvish the win in his first appearance with the club.
Darvish was finally pulled after throwing 99 pitches in seven innings.
And though it may only be one game, it’s looking like the Dodgers struck gold at the trade deadline.