Extra Bases: Darvish's Oakland nightmare

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish will have to deal not only with the American League West-leading Oakland A's in Monday’s 9:05 p.m. opener of a six-game road trip. He’ll also be pitching in his most uncomfortable statistical setting.

In two career starts at Overstock.com Coliseum, Darvish is 0-2 with a 9.58 ERA. In 10.1 innings, he has walked 12 and allowed 11 hits, including three home runs.

"Oakland has put some big innings on him," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "And it has usually started with a walk. I remember once it started when he hit a guy.

"It comes down to execution," Washington said. "He’ll figure it out."

Oakland is responsible for a third of Darvish’s 18 career losses. His overall record against the A’s is 1-6 with a 4.30 ERA.

Darvish will take an 0.82 ERA and a 1-0 record to Oakland this time. His win total could easily be higher with any kind of run support. In three starts, he is yet to throw a pitch with any Rangers runs on the scoreboard.

"His job is to keep us in ballgames," Washington said. "He can’t do anything about the other part of it."