Cubs proud of what Yu Darvish accomplished in 2020
Yu Darvish obviously wanted to pitch his team to victory last week in Game 2 of the Wild-Card Series.
But he also had a personal goal: To get Jon Lester one more start at Wrigley Field.
Lester — facing an uncertain future as 2020 marked the last year of his contract — would’ve gotten the ball to start the winner-take-all Game 3. But it didn’t play out that way.
“Very sad,” Darvish said after his Game 2 start. “My focus today was to have Lester pitch one more start. That was my goal today and I couldn’t make that happen.”
That might be the only possible thing Darvish has to be upset about from his personal 2020 season. He will likely finish in the Top 3 in National League Cy Young voting next month and could even take home the award.
Including his performance in Game 2 Friday, Darvish posted a 2.07 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 2020, notching 11 quality starts in 13 outings.
The Cubs went 9-4 in games he started.
When asked about what he would take away most from the crazy year that is 2020, he was not focused on individual achievements.
“When I pitched, the team won,” Darvish said. “So that was the important thing for me.”
The Cubs are ecstatic about what the 34-year-old right-hander was able to provide the team this season.
“Yu’s been our guy all year,” David Ross said. “He’s thrown up a lot of zeros for us this year.
“I can’t say enough about Yu. What a phenomenal year. He put us in a position to be in the postseason. Him and Kyle [Hendricks] just had phenomenal years. It was fun to be his manager and watch him pitch every fifth day. He was a true professional. Very proud of the year he had.”
Darvish said he feels like he could still be better and will head into 2021 looking to build off his stellar year.
He is under contract with the Cubs through the 2023 season and will once again look to headline the rotation alongside Hendricks next year.