ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish doesn't think he's deserving of being an All-Star in his first season in the major leagues, despite his 10-4 record with the Texas Rangers.
"Personally, do I feel like I'm an All-Star? I don't think so," Darvish said through his translator Friday. "And I'm also hearing there's a possibility that I might start an All-Star game, and to me that's totally out of context. ... Am I going to be an All-Star? I don't know. But do I think that I'm worthy? Probably not."
The Japanese standout made his comments two days before the All-Star teams will be announced. He also makes his next start for the Rangers on Sunday, in the finale of a four-game series against Oakland.
Darvish was a five-time All-Star and two-time Pacific League MVP over the past seven seasons in Japan. The Rangers paid more than $107 million to sign the 25-year-old pitcher last winter.
"I think that the fact that I'm Japanese, the first year over here, the Texas Rangers paid a lot of money for me to come over here, I think the fact that I am an All-Star candidate, I think that's more of a buildup by just who I am and where I came from," he said.
The AL All-Star manager is the Rangers' Ron Washington.
Darvish was tied for the AL lead with 10 wins and had a 3.57 ERA after beating Detroit on Tuesday night, when he became only the second major leaguer in a half-century to win his first seven career home starts.
The 6-foot-5 right-hander has 106 strikeouts and 50 walks in 95 2-3 innings over 15 starts. He was fourth in the AL in strikeouts, but also had the third-most walks in the league. He had the most walks until his last start when he had his fourth 10-strikeout game while walking only one batter.
"Whether I'm not leading anymore, still I'm giving up more walks than I should," he said. "That's something that I'm going to improve on in the future."