Texas Rangers fans, prepare yourself. It could be a couple of weeks of ‘if onlys’ and ‘woulda shouldas.’
Former Rangers ace Yu Darvish won his first-career post-season game late Monday night, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers advance to the NLCS with a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Darvish struck out seven and allowed one run on two hits over five innings.
The right-hander was traded to the Dodgers on July 31 for three prospects.
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He was 0-2 in the post-season for Texas, including a loss in Game 2 of the ALDS a year ago against the Toronto Blue Jays. He allowed five runs on five hits, including four home runs, in five innings in a game that put the Rangers in an 0-2 series hole.
The Dodgers play the winner between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals. The Cubs lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 beginning at 3:38 p.m. Tuesday at Wrigley Field. The best-of-seven NLCS starts Saturday at Dodgers Stadium.
Darvish will be a free agent after the season, which is one of the reasons the Rangers were open to trading him. In his last three regular-season starts for the Dodgers, Darvish allowed one run with 21 strikeouts and one walk in 19 1/3 innings.