A stiff neck sent Rangers ace Yu Darvish to the DL to start the season, but he was activated on Sunday and is making his first start of the year this afternoon. In the very first inning, he made some history by striking out reigning AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers:
Yu Darvish is the fastest to 500 Ks in MLB history, done in 401 2/3 innings. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) April 6, 2014
As that moment, Darvish career strikeout rate was 11.20 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. A handful of relievers do that every year, but that is a ridiculous number for a starting pitcher.
And because I know you're wondering, Kerry Wood was the previous record holder. He did it in 404 2/3 innings. Darvish had him beat by three full innings.
Related: Kerry Wood was outrageously good early in his career.