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Yu Darvish notches his fourth 14-strikeout game of the season

Aug 1, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

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Yu Darvish was flirting with history for a little while tonight, but he ended up notching his fourth 14-strikeout game of the season in a 7-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

In a thoroughly-dominating performance, Darvish gave up just five hits and no walks over seven scoreless innings for his 10th victory of the season. He had six strikeouts through the first two innings and struck out a pair in each of the next the four frames.

Our own Matthew Pouliot notes that Darvish has four of the six 14-strikeout games in MLB this season, with Chris Sale and Anibal Sanchez being the only others. Among Darvish’s 14-strikeout games, he has three where he hasn’t issued a walk. As Adam J. Norris of Lone Star Ball points out, that’s pretty darn rare for a career, let alone a single season.

Darvish is the seventh pitcher in history with at least four 14-strikeout games in a season, joining Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Sam McDowell, and Mark Langston. He currently leads the majors with 186 strikeouts in 138 2/3 innings and has reached double-digits in eight of his 21 starts.

  1. aceshigh11 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Darvish is a BEAST.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      he will be Dice in a few years.

      • dan1111 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM

        Wow, I never noticed the amazing similarity of the two players until you pointed it out. But consider all the ways they are comparable:

        Darvish is Japanese. Matsuzaka is Japanese.

        Darvish comes from Japan. Matsuzaka comes from Japan.

        Darvish used to play in the Nipponese Professional Baseball league (in Japan). Matsuzaka also used to play in the NPB.

        Have any two players ever been so eerily similar? Of course their careers cannot help but follow the exact same trajectory.

      • bendover09 - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:27 AM

        Considering the fact that Dice K is full Japanese & Yu Darvish is not . Kuroda on the other hand is 100% Japanese so in your dumb logic they must be the same people as well.

        Side note, Darvish’s dad is full blooded Iranian.

      • dan1111 - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:39 AM

        @bend, in case there is any doubt, I was being sarcastic.

      • Maxa - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        I almost wish that Darvish were fully Persian. Can you imagine the cognitive dissonance for Texas fans?

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        evilempire: congrats, bro! This has got to be your least popular comment ever. Don’t let your Red Sox envy cloud your otherwise good judgment.

  2. bendover09 - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Does anyone else notice that Yu never sweats ?? Game time weather was around 100 and stayed in the 90s & not once did he break out in a sweat.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      Hmmm. Not convinced yet. We really need the Rangers to reach the World Series to be sure; FOX’s three hours of nose hair-counting closeups can give us a definitive answer.

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:13 AM

        maybe if he had the Gyro ball people would be more convinced.

      • dan1111 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:35 AM

        What does a gyro ball have to do with lack of sweat?

        Oh, right: gyro balls are from Japan. People that don’t sweat are from Japan. Therefore they are exactly the same thing.

    • rbj1 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Aha, Yu is a robot! I, for one, welcome our robot pitching overlords.

      Now if most use 5w-30 oil, is 10w-30 a PE oil?

  3. mrpinkca - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    I mean, he’s pretty good I guess.

  4. losanginsight - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Just think if Guggenheim purchased the Dodgers a year sooner. Yu could have been a solid #3 on the 1st Place staff.

    • romospersonalsnuggie - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      Dingleberry

    • tuberippin - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Darvish is better than Greinke. GTFO.

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