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BASEBALL | Yu Darvish, September's NL Pitcher of the Month, Looks Ahead to the Playoffs

“I don’t want to think about it too much, the playoffs," Darvish said. "I’m trying to be the same as I am in the regular season.”

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San Diego Padres starter Yu Darvish pitches against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver on September 24. (John Leyba/USA TODAY SPORTS)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward’s dedicated sports website.

Yu Darvish snapped a six-start winning streak on September 30, but his recent string of success helped the San Diego Padres clinch a wild-card berth for the upcoming playoffs.

Three days later, he was named the National League’s Pitcher of the Month for September, when he went 5-1 with a 1.85 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 39 innings.

“It’s an honor,” Darvish said of the award on Monday, October 3. “I’m glad to have received the award with a team that was in the race for the playoffs. It’s good [to have pitched well], but more than anything, my team is heading to the playoffs.”

Darvish went 16-8 with a 3.10 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 194⅔ innings this season, matching his MLB career-high total for wins, which he earned in his debut season in 2012 with the Texas Rangers. 

Read the full story on SportsLook.

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Author: Ed Odeven

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