ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 24: Fans hold up signs for Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers during play against the New York Yankees at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 24, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Yu Darvish has now at least proven that he can be special.
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|WP: Yu Darvish (3 - 0)
SV: Joe Nathan (5)
LP: Hiroki Kuroda (1 - 3)
There was a time -- and it wasn't that long ago -- when two runs wouldn't be enough for Ranger pitching. The idea of a lead-off home run being all you need was laughable.
It's not laughable anymore, and Yu Darvish officially placed himself in a rotation full of pitchers we once only dreamed of Tuesday night.
10 strikeouts of the Yankees, no runs allowed, and two outs shy of a complete game. That's the line, but the greatness of the Darvish breakout goes beyond that.
The stuff was magnificent, as usual, but it was even better on Tuesday. The fastball sat around 93 miles per hour, approaching 97 when necessary. He threw a sinker at 95! Most significantly, the curve had more bite, and the cutter had more cut, and both left New York hitters looking stupid. The cutter -- which looked like something out of a video game -- produced five of his outrageous 15 swinging strikes.
Speaking of swinging strikes, so far this season the Yankees have whiffed on just under 8% of the pitches they see. If you're wondering how good that is, it's behind only the Indians for the best in the American League. It's really good. Last year, they were also the second best in the American League. The New York Yankees do not offer at pitches unless they are going to make contact with them.
Biggest Contributions (What is this?)
- Yu Darvish 54%
- Joe Nathan 10%
- Ian Kinsler 8%
Biggest Play: With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the third, Yu Darvish induces a weak ground ball for a 5-3 double play, keeping the Rangers ahead 1-0 (17% win probability added).
Ted Barrett's Strikezone
Player of the Game
Yu Darvish (49 votes)
Yu Darvish (14 votes)
Yu Darvish (29 votes)
Yu Darvish (28 votes)
Yu Darvish (27 votes)
147 total votes