Monday, May 25, 2009
Yu Darvish update
During the World Baseball Classic I was glad for the opportunity to see Yu Darvish pitch. He is phenomenal and I hope that he has a long career and does find his way over here at some point in his career.
I'm starting to wonder if he might come over here just so that he's challenged. Even though he is only 22 years old, he's already compiled a 54-20 record with a 2.20 ERA in Japan. Check out how he's done this year:
Opening Day against the Golden Eagles. Darvish has a rough first inning where he gives up three runs, including two on a Fernando Seguignol (remember him? former Expo) homer. He goes the distance, shutting the Eagles out the rest of the way but takes the loss as the Fighters only can plate one run. No walks, five strikeouts.
9 IP, 8 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 0-1, 3.00 ERA
Second start he throws eight shutout innings (giving him 16 consecutive) before leaving for a reliever in the Fighters 9-1 victory over the Hawks.
17 IP, 11 H, 2 BB, 10 K, 1-1, 1.59 ERA
Darvish's shutout streak is stopped at 20 innings but he again only allows three hits as the Fighters defeat the Lions 4-2. Darvish gives up a solo homer to former major leaguer Hiram Bocachica.
25 IP, 14 H, 4 BB, 18 K, 2-1, 1.80 ERA
In his fourth start Darvish blanks the Buffaloes in an 11-0 drubbing. He scatters four hits, walks three and strikes out 11.
34 IP, 18 H, 7 BB, 29 K, 3-1, 1.32 ERA
Darvish goes nine innings in a pitcher duel with the Lions, only giving up one run, but the game goes to extra innings. The Fighters lose in 12, 2-1. Darvish allows five hits and three walks and strikes out 11 again.
43 IP, 23 H, 10 BB, 40 K, 3-1, 1.26 ERA
Darvish earns his fourth victory as the Fighters again trounce the Buffaloes, this time by a 10-1 score. Darvish goes seven innings, walking just one and giving up four hits. Four strikeouts. The run he allows is unearned.
50 IP, 27 H, 11 BB, 44 K, 4-1, 1.08 ERA
The Buffaloes put up a fight in Darvish's seventh start of the season but still lose to the Fighters, 4-2. Darvish walks one, allows six hits, and K's four.
58 IP, 33 H, 12 BB, 48 K, 5-1, 1.24 ERA
In his most recent start, Darvish shut out the Swallows, 3-0, despite allowing eight hits and two walks. He adds nine strikeouts as he earns his sixth victory.
67 IP, 41 H, 14 BB, 57 K, 6-1, 1.07 ERA
7.39 baserunners per nine innings, an ERA just barely over one. 4-1 K/BB ratio. He leads the league in wins, is second in ERA and strikeouts. He's only allowed two home runs. Not surprisingly, the Fighters lead the Pacific League with a 26-16 record, 2.5 games ahead of the Golden Eagles.