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Yu Darvish is pretty good, you guys

Mar 31, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

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Yu Darvish had his latest tuneup for his official major league debut last night against the Rockies and boy was he impressive.

Darvish threw 97 pitches and allowed three runs over six innings while striking out 11, walking one, throwing one wild pitch and hitting a batter. And this wasn’t some B-lineup the Rockies were running out there. He struck out Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez three times each. I’m going to guess that doesn’t happen often, if ever.

Through four spring starts, Darvish owns a 3.60 ERA and 21/8 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. He’s scheduled to make his official major league debut on April 9 against the Mariners.

  1. Davidw7 - Mar 31, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    To strike the pair of them out THREE times each is pretty darn impressive Spring Training or not!

    I like Darvish and think it’ll be interesting to see how his first year in the States develops. I think he’ll do good, but might walk more than people expect.

  2. squab12 - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    my fave part of that was telling us his debut will be against the potent Mariners!

    8.0IP, 2h, 3bb,14k

    they’re going to get Yu’d and abused.

    • cur68 - Mar 31, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      You passed up a perfectly good opportunity to ask when he was really gonna face major league hitters, but your central point is unarguable: he’s gonna pwn the Mariners.

  3. The Central Message - Mar 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    8 BB in 15 innings? Nope, nothing to worry about there.

  4. bleedgreen71 - Mar 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Three runs in six innings = 4.50 ERA. Strikeouts are nice, but even Oliver Perez is 8th all-time in K’s per 9 innings, and it hasn’t gotten him anywhere. He doesn’t seem like anything special at this point.

    • phillyphreak - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      Complete cherry picking. Perez’s K/9 is also higher than Verlander, Felix, Greinke, Smoltz, CC, Dan Haren and more. I guess that means those guys aren’t anything special either….

  5. contraryguy - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    And yet the Rockies most experienced hitters, Helton and Giambi, tagged him. Will it just be a matter of time for opposing hitters to figure out Yu’s funky motion? I’ll bet that’s the case here.

    • Reflex - Mar 31, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Since when is ‘most experienced’ the same as ‘best’. If that experience counted for much both of them would outhit CarGo and Tulo. They don’t.

  6. stex52 - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    But the basic argument is correct. We will know a lot more after the batters have had a few chances to see him. But for starters the K/BB looks pretty good.

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