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Yu Darvish becomes first rookie since Daisuke Matsuzaka to reach 200 strikeouts

Sep 15, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

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Yu Darvish outdueled fellow countryman Hisashi Iwakuma last night by holding the Mariners to just one run on two hits over seven innings as part of a 9-3 victory. He struck out nine en route to his 15th win and now has 205 strikeouts over 176 2/3 innings this season.

Darvish is the 16th rookie in major league history to reach at least 200 strikeouts as a rookie. The last one to do it was Daisuke Matsuzaka, who struck out 201 batters in 2007. Kerry Wood (1998) and Hideo Nomo (1995) are the only other pitchers to get there since 1984.

While it looked like Darvish was hitting a wall in early August, he is on a pretty nice roll right now. The 26-year-old right-hander has a 2.32 ERA and 51/13 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings over his last six starts. He has walked more than two batters just once during that timespan while his ERA is down to 4.02 for the year. Maybe the Rangers have an ace after all.

  1. hittfamily - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Matt Moore needs 35, and has 4 more starts to do it in too. Would be wild to have to of them.

    • hittfamily - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM


      although, isn’t the world a little better off without “W”

    • djpostl - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      Yeah but he still can’t hit the 2d part of the equation, the 15 wins part, seeing how even if he runs the board he’ll be 14-10.

      • hittfamily - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        A pitcher’s w/l record is worthless. All it means is that he went 5 innings, and his team’s offense is better than the opposing team’s.

  2. storebrandcookies - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    I love watching Yu pitch. You can see his confidence on the mound and the refinement on all his pitches. He had a nasty mid-60’s curve ball that baffled the Mariners and got some “oos” and “ahhs” from the crowd.

  3. sabatimus - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Here’s hoping Yu doesn’t follow Daisuke’s career arc after this season.

    • papalurchdxb - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      or his waistline

      • pisano - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        Dice-k…..aka, The Pillsbury dough boy.

  4. djpostl - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Just not impressed by Japanese big leaguers doing this.

    I get the cultural differences and all that, but they are still seasoned professionals so it’s nowhere near as impressive as when someone like Doc Gooden or Kerry Wood does it.

  5. man0warr - Sep 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Can’t have it both ways, people say NPB is worse talent than our minor leagues, when arguing that Japanese pitchers are all busts.

    Then when he comes over and has 200 K and leads the league in double digit strike out games, it’s no longer impressive because he’s a seasoned professional from Japan?

    Even Kerry Woods spent 3 years in the minors.

  6. ppdoc13 - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Wei yin Chen foe the o’s is about as successful and a heck of a lot less expensive. Much as everybody laughed at Duquette being tabbed as the GM in Bmore, he has done an outstanding job I. Picking up players that might not be big names, but have filled an important role for the birds. How much is showalter vs Duquette, I don’t know, but what I do know is that the O’s are relevant for the first it e in fifteen years and despite the loss of markakis late in the season are still in the hunt. If showalter and or Duquette don’t get strongly considered for post season awards, it will be a travesty. Ventura has done a fine job, but buck has taken a team that has consistently lost for over an entire generation and made them contenders for the American league east. And given the payrolls of the yankMEs and the red sucks that is some accomplishment

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