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Yu Darvish is on pace for the most strikeouts in a decade

May 28, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas Reuters

Yu Darvish racked up 14 strikeouts in 7.2 innings against the Diamondbacks yesterday, giving him an MLB-leading 105 on the season. Darvish totaled 221 strikeouts in 191.1 innings last year, which is a ton, but the Rangers right-hander taken his bat-missing to another level this year.

Darvish leads MLB with 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings, which would be baseball’s highest strikeout rate since Randy Johnson averaged 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 2001.

Darvish is on pace for 315 strikeouts in 33 starts, which would be the most since Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) in 2002.

Darvish is on track to become just the third 26-year-old in baseball history to reach 300 strikeouts, joining Nolan Ryan with 383 in 1973 and Rube Waddell with 302 in 1903.

And as a Minnesotan, this is the most painful stat: Darvish has 105 strikeouts in 11 starts this season. Minnesota’s entire starting rotation has a grand total of 122 strikeouts in 48 starts.

  1. unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    He makes an odd-looking fascist.

    • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      But he plays for Texas.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Why can’t he mix in some groundballs?

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        What kind of rugged individualism is that???

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Strikeouts are boring.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        You need some re-education time.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        C’mon Annie, you know you just like Yu because you can boss Yu around.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        A guy will listen to anything if he thinks it’s foreplay.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Anything but Susan Sontag.

      • paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        1) How do most women not realize this?

        and, more importantly

        2) If you know this, then you know where you stand with any guy based on whether or not you can boss him around (and how do most women not realize this?)

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Shhh, we need to be able to maintain plausible deniability.

        But, really, who wants someone they can boss around?

      • paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Diversity is the spice of life…or…something.

        One of my “problems” is the inability to be bossed around…unless given a proper motivator (e.g. sex, fear, food)…and fear doesn’t manifest in response to threats to withhold the others. I guess you could say I got 99 problems

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        My sister said she’s gonna get me a t-shirt that says “I got 99 problems, but my swagger ain’t one of ‘em” on it.

        If you stop calling it a problem, it’s no longer a problem.

      • paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Yep, thus, the quotes. Other people seem to consider it a problem.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        But you’re so charming. :)

      • paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        IIIIIIIIIII KNOW, right?

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        LMAO!

        Did you get in some fishing this weekend?

      • paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Nah. To much stuff to do around the homestead. I have a crap ton (which is > an actual ton) of wood to cut, split and stack for next winter, and I split by hand (maul, wedge, & sledge), so that takes time. I got more than 1/2 done over the course of Sun/Mon, which is a pretty good bit of work.

        Staying cool?

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        I have turned the air on already, actually. It’s been muggy with all the storms.

      • paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        It is supposed to be in the high 80s here from Thursday through Sunday with lows only in the high 60s…so I’ll probably have to put the window units in…if the lows were “normal” which would be high 50s, then a window fan would cool the house down in no time….but if with such “warm” lows the AC is necessary.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        Window units, eh?

      • paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Yep, quaint, huh? Most places up here don’t have central air…until recently, no reason to have it. If I had a couple of more trees closer to the house, I wouldn’t have to run the window units nearly as often….when you are surrounded by forest, you have some natural AC action.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        I know. I used to live in the woods in western Mass. The other thing is getting used to how high they set their air up there. Some places here still don’t have central air — and some don’t have window units either, believe it or not. Every year we have a couple of elderly people who die from the heat b/c they don’t have A/C or can’t afford the bills.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Western Mass? What on earth was a Tiger-loving Okie doing in my backyard? When? I used to own a house in Northampton.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Ok, not the O-word.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        I never said you were from Muskogee. Is that term considered a pejorative in your circles? If so I apologize. I’m also sorry about the Tiger-loving part, you know, sorry for you.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        Pbbblt!

        It is pejorative — but especially so from left coasters.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Who cares what those tofu-eating botox-shooting multiple-plastic surgery having tanning-bed using teeth-whitening aliens think anyhow?

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        I have actually been called a “dumb Okie fuck” by a Californian before. Ironically, it’s because I used the proper pronunciation for “supremacist.” lol

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        O.k. Got it. Were they claiming to be a supremist? Because that could have just been a complicated misunderstanding involving a Diana Ross fixation and chemo.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        He was, in fact, omitting a syllable. Good guess.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        And he walked away singing “baby baby baby – where did our love go?”

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        Alas, he was not that complex.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        So, you most definitely and specifically not an Okie person – what on earth were you doing in Western Mass? Something to do with one of the famed Five Colleges?

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        Yeah, something like that. :)

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        When I first moved to Northampton I waited tables at Fitzwilly’s. I may have served you lunch.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        How funny.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Favorite Happy Valley hangout back in the day?

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        It’s been a few years. We wandered the towns around. There used to be a great little place in Shelburne Falls called Mother’s but it is gone now. Loved that place. And, Judy’s.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        Unlike Mother’s and the Aqua Vitae – Judie’s is thriving to this day (sorry to correct you, I’m sure it was a long time ago.) I had 4 jobs and was part time at UMass Amherst – many a quick cheap good meal on the go at the Aqua Vitae. It also figured in Broom of the System. But I digress. It’s a very large gas station now. Not sure what became of Mother’s.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        Yeah, I’m old. A friend of mine who lives in North Adams gave me the bad news about Mother’s.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Oh snap – the other “O” word. What’s old? I’m 42 – am I old?

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        Nope.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 28, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Uncle, I suspect some folks don’t get the Bill Lee reference.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Thanks yer nice. Funny too.

  2. chill1184 - May 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Year of the pitcher indeed

  3. historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    He’s slipped ahead of V and Scherzer, but they are on his tail. Dude is amazing though.

  4. badintent - May 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Gotta be the Ninja ball !

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