Yu Darvish has pitched well against the Angels so far in his career. The same can’t be said for his duels against Angels star Mike Trout.
Trout has batted .321 (9 for 28) with four home runs, six RBIs, six walks and 10 strikeouts. The four homers are the most by an opposing player against Darvish.
Darvish faced Trout for the first time this spring, as the two-time American League MVP runner-up flied out and singled. But Darvish showed him only fastballs in his two at-bats.
“I didn’t want to show him anything else,” Darvish said. “My approach towards Trout is going to be a little bit different this year.”
As far as facing a division rival in spring, Darvish said he kept his same approach. After all, he has 10 career starts against the Angels, going 6-1 with a 3.77 ERA.
Darvish allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and no strikeouts over his three innings in his second spring start. He gave up a solo homer to Raul Ibanez to start the second inning.
“I threw a normal four-seam fastball just to see if he could hit a popup, but it was a huge popup,” Darvish said. “They were hitting me pretty squarely, so I think they got a good feel off me instead of me getting a good feel off them.”