first_imgBut does Darvish deserve to be made the villain of the 2017 World Series loss?“No, I don’t think so,” Cody Bellinger said. “Everyone is a competitor. Obviously, it’s probably not how he wanted it to turn out. But, I mean, everyone fails, you know? So I don’t think so.“Not one person lost the World Series. So, no, I don’t think he deserves that.”Clayton Kershaw followed Darvish with four scoreless innings on two days’ rest in that Game 7 (setting up a revisionist debate over whether he should have started instead of Darvish). He remains friends with Darvish. The two were “throw partners” during workouts that winter (during which Darvish was a free agent, eventually signing with the Cubs) and still stay in touch via text, Kershaw said.It’s easy for fans to make Darvish (who didn’t make it through two innings in a Game 3 loss either) the scapegoat for the disappointment, Kershaw acknowledged. “To be looked at in that light by a fan base and a very big fan base in a city I know he enjoyed, it’s tough. It’s gotta be tough,” Roberts said.“I thought he had some really good moments with us. People want to reference Game 7 a lot – which is unfortunate, which was unfortunate obviously for all of us. … I think for him it’s more a personal thing. I know he loved his time in L.A., loved the Dodgers and the fans. I think it’s more Game 7 didn’t go well for any of us and I think that’s kind of his cross to bear maybe a little bit.”DRAFT PICKSThe Dodgers reached contract agreements with three more draft picks on Friday including UC Irvine third baseman Brandon Lewis (their fourth-round pick) as well as pitchers Aaron Ochsenbein (sixth round) and Mark Mixon (26th round).Twenty-one of the Dodgers’ 41 picks in this year’s draft have signed contracts.UP NEXTCubs (RHP Yu Darvish, 2-3, 4.98 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 7-1, 3.35 ERA), Saturday, 6:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), KTLA/Ch. 5, 570 AMStaff writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this notebook. “It’s just easier to do that, right? It’s just easier,” Kershaw said. “But it doesn’t make it right.”Both Kershaw and Justin Turner pointed to Darvish’s starts in the NL Division Series against the Diamondbacks (five innings, two hits, one run) and the NLCS against the Cubs (6-1/3 innings, one run) as essential to helping the Dodgers reach the World Series.“People forget fast that we’re not in that position without him,” Kershaw said.But a rough reception likely awaits Darvish on Saturday.“Fans have the right to boo players who don’t perform, there’s no doubt about it,” Kershaw said. “I just think when you’re in here in the clubhouse with the team and you know everything we go through on a day-in, day-out basis and you know Yu performed really well up to that point, pitched two really big games to get into the World Series – against the Diamondbacks and the Cubs. We wouldn’t even have been in that position without him.“People forget that fast and I understand that. But to us, to me – he was a big contributor to us being there in the first place. That’s kind of how I think about it.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts answered diplomatically that he thinks Darvish will get a “mixed” reaction from fans Saturday before agreeing with Darvish’s boos-y prediction.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco LOS ANGELES — In the eyes of many, Yu Darvish will be returning to the scene of the crime Saturday night.The Japanese right-hander will start for the Chicago Cubs against the Dodgers, his first start at Dodger Stadium since he robbed the Dodgers of any chance to win the 2017 World Series – or so the most bitterly disappointed have vented – by giving up five runs in the first 10 batters of Game 7.“I don’t think Yu Darvish lost the World Series,” Kiké Hernandez said. “I think the Dodgers did.”That might be accurate. But Darvish admitted to reporters Thursday that he expects to be booed by Dodger fans when he takes the mound Saturday.center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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