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The Darvish has landed

Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:34 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 6:41 pm
 
Yu Darvish

By Dayn Perry

Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, whose first named will be punned a million humorless times in the coming years, made his U.S. major-league debut on Wednesday. In two scoreless frames, Darvish whiffed three Padres and surrendered two hits, including a one-out double to Orlando Hudson

On the day, Darvish logged 36 pitches -- 26 for strikes -- and mixed in five different offerings, thus flashing the deep repertoire that made him so coveted this offseason. Varied location, horizontal and vertical movement -- it was all there. And this velocity graph from Brooks Baseball shows that Darvish is familiar with the old pitching chestnut about "changing speeds":

Darvish Velocity Chart

In Japan, Darvish crafted a career ERA of 1.99, and, counting the posting fee, the Rangers have invested more than $110 million in the 25-year-old. Considering the free-agent loss of outgoing ace C.J. Wilson (to the division-rival Angels), Darvish will have little time for an adjustment curve if Texas is to win the pennant a third-straight season.

While it's foolish to draw any lasting conclusions from two Cactus League innings, Darvish did nothing to disappoint on Wednesday. ​

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Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:52 pm
 

The Darvish has landed

He will have one good year then five hundred pitcher , just like all the other japanese pitchers



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:47 pm
 

The Darvish has landed

That graph paints an interesting picture for sure, and shows what kind of versatility this young man is bringing with him to Texas. It will be incredibly interesting to see how he works out over the course of the season, and hopefully Texas won't be wishing they paid a lot less to keep their former staff ace around. 

Only time will tell..... 


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