2023 Player Outlook
2023 Recap: The 2023 season was the second straight year where an elbow ailment caused him to miss time, and Darvish isn't getting any younger. While he posted a 4.45 ERA last season, his 3.82 xERA is more in line with recent years, but he's allowing more contact as he continues to age, and his strikeout rate of 24.6 percent was the lowest mark of his MLB career. His whiff rate has dropped each of the past three seasons, and higher contact rates will certainly impact the overall strikeout rate.
2024 Outlook: Health willing, Darvish should log plenty of innings for the Padres, and his expansive repertoire will continue to keep hitters off balance at the dish. He's more of a SP4 type for fantasy this year, but if you attack offense early, he should be able to put forth back-end SP3 type numbers.