One bad pitch is all it takes. That’s baseball. The 2020 season starts in the loss column as shortstop Orlando Arcia had the game’s only hits at three. It’s a new day. This afternoon’s match up will be Corbin Burnes facing off against Yu Darvish.
Originally, this was Brett Anderson’s game to start but an ailing blister sent him to the 10-day Injured list. Due to Burnes’ power surge in Spring Training and Summer Camp, he rightfully earned a Game 2 start.
His counterpart, Yu Darvish almost didn’t pitch this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Darvish has been working on a hybrid pitch called the “Supreme,” which is a two-seam fastball, sinker mix. He’s not the average pitcher with three or four pitches in his repertoire, try 11, if he uses the Supreme. Darvish went 6-8 last year posting a 3.98 ERA.
Burnes’ journey is nothing but simple. After an astounding 2018 season, Burnes had his struggles in 2019. Manager Craig Counsell, took Burnes back to his roots as a starting pitcher. His first four appearances as a starter were the only ones he made. He split the rest of the season in the minors and the Brewers bullpen. After having issues with his fastball last season, Burnes’ main concern was to perfect his slider.
In a two game stretch, Burnes retired 18 consecutive batters in Summer Camp. Nearly perfect. Something else to watch for is Christian Yelich. He went 0-4 yesterday, but in his last 14 plate appearances vs Darvish, Yelich has hit two home runs.