Darvish’s slow approach fuels 11-strikeout night

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The commissioner’s office might not like it, but Chicago Cubs fans won’t be complaining if enigmatic righty Yu Darvish wants to take his time on the mound.

As long as the results look like they did Wednesday — Darvish struck out 11 without issuing a walk against the Cincinnati Reds — he can pretty much do whatever he wants.

His catcher illustrated the “whatever it takes” attitude the Cubs and Darvish are employing.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“I know the tempo was a little slow, but I don’t care,” Taylor Davis said. “He was getting guys out. He was making quality pitches … The pressure situations he was able to handle a lot better.8

“I’m taking this as a win for the Cubs. A win for Yu.”

However, the Cubs actually came up short after the bullpen blew a lead.

Darvish’s next start won’t be any easier. He’ll face former Cub Jake Arrieta and the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at Wrigley Field.

“He’s a legend in Chicago, for sure,” Darvish said of Arrieta. “I respect that, and I’m really looking forward to facing him.”

Darvish replaced Arrieta in the Cubs’ rotation after signing a six-year, $126 million contract before 2018. Arrieta settled with the Phillies for three years and $75 million. The two have been linked ever since. Darvish would like nothing more than to repeat his performance against the Reds — but in front of Cubs fans.

“I think I need it at Wrigley,” he said. “That’s what I want. I always struggle [at home]. I need this start at Wrigley.”

Asked what he thought of facing Arrieta at the plate, Darvish deadpanned: “I need a base hit off him.”