It can be said that Darvish's performance in the World Series is part of the reason that the Dodgers didn't win. He certainly didn't pitch at the level that anyone would have expected. He was knocked out of both his starts in the second inning, giving up eight runs on nine hits and two walks with no strikeouts in 3 1/3 total innings. He took the loss in both of his starts (Games Three and Seven). He pitched pretty well in his other two post season starts this season - beating the Diamondbacks in the first round and the Cubs in the NLCS.
His Nippon Series appearances with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters went much better than his World Series appearances with the Dodgers. He first played in the Nippon Series in 2006 against the Chunichi Dragons when he was just 20 years old. He started Game One and had what would turn out to be his poorest Nippon Series start ever - he took the loss after giving up three runs in six innings on five hits, four walks and a hit batter although he struck out six. The Fighters ended up losing the game 4-2 but it was the only game they'd lose in the Series. Darvish came back five days later to start Game Five - going 7 1/3 innings allowing only one run despite giving up eight hits and three walks (and again striking out six). The Fighters won the game and the Series 4-1 and Darvish won an "Outstanding Player" award for his performance. This was the Fighters' first Nippon Series championship since 1962 when they were the Toei Flyers and played in Tokyo.
|2006 BBM Nippon Series #S02|
|2006 BBM Nippon Series #S60 (Outstanding Player Award)|
|2007 BBM Nippon Series #S30|
|2007 BBM Nippon Series #S63 (Fighting Spirit Award)|
|2009 BBM Nippon Series #S30|