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"The more interesting proposition here is that of Yu Darvish, who stayed upright last year and, at times, was utterly untouchable. From the start of June through the end of the season, Darvish had a 124/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which is peak-Kershaw stuff. If after years of physical challenges and command issues, that’s the Yu Darvish who shows up for 30 starts this year, the Cubs have a true #1, and probably a division title."