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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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Since: Mar 20, 2012
Posted on: March 20, 2012 11:09 am

The Darvish has landed

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Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:59 pm

The Darvish has landed

It's interesting enough that Yu Darvish had a nice first outing, but as you say, the Rangers have a long way to go and must stay ahead of the Angels this season. Yes, the Boys from Texas lost C.J. Wilson, but that's the nature of baseball. Wilson wasn't a real ace, and although it was the Bullpen and some questionable managerial decisions that failed failed the Rangers against the Cardinals in the World Series, Darvish gives Rangers fans more hope for this year. We'll see if the Rangers are more like the Astros, who have also never won, or perhaps the Red Sox, they will win soon.

Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:47 am

Yu Darvish: much better tha underestimate Daisuke

Matsuzaka was 15-12 his first season in Boston and 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA his 2nd year. Pretty darn good. For the last 3 years, Daisuke has had arm problems, probably due to the extremely heavy workload during his early years e.g. over 240 IP at age 20). Darvish's Japan stats were much, much better than Daisuke's and until this past year never had the workload that Daisuke was forced to carry. Plus Darvish is just so much bigger than Daisuke who is generously listed at 6'0" and 185 lbs.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:43 am

The Darvish has landed

Just physically he appears to be entirely different player from Nomo (small frame) or DiceK (chubby).  He actually seems athletic.  As a Cards fan, I hope the Rangers win it all this year.  

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:17 am

The Darvish has landed

'Oriental' is actually the word you would use to describe a rug, geographic area, type of household item, etc.
Asian is the correct term for a person's race that is from the orient and or Asian region.

Anyway, 6'5" is tall for an individual of Japanese decent, very tall.  That's neither here nor there, but mention-worthy in my humble opin.

On the real issue - his pitching, I think he'll do fine, and probably be a regular on the mound.
His mechanics look good and his control decent.

Go Rangers!      

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:05 am

The Darvish has landed

The book on most Oriental pitchers is that they are sneaky and have success the first time through the league with all the motion and different arm levels.   Then the league catches on to their little tricks and they start getting knocked around pretty good.

Most have struggled with the transition to facing Major League hitters.  Nomo is the only Oriental pitcher who had some sustained success and even he was never as good as his first season when he was fooling the batters.  I wish Darvish weell but history is not on his side.

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 8:00 am

The Darvish has landed

This is going to be an interesting story. I remember when he was in high school and pitched in the national high school tournament which is televised nationally in Japan. He'd give up a whole bunch of runs and his team would win 10-9 or some outrageous score like that. I never thought he'd amount to anything. People were interested in him because he has an Iranian father and a Japanese mother. That made him different and an interesting story. Well, he developed into a pretty good pitcher in Japanese pro ball. It seems natural that he would choose to challenge the majors with his stuff. I sincerely hope that he makes it but something in me tells me that he may have a lot more trouble adjusting to the majors than people are expecting. I am hoping that I am wrong (except when he pitches against the Red Sox) so it will be interesting to see how and if he progresses in major league ball

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:29 pm
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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:23 pm

The Darvish has landed

Let's hope for the Rangers sake that he turns out to be better than Daisuke Matsuzaka.  I am sure the Red Sox have regretted their move for several years now.  Yeah, maybe Dice-K just threw out his arm.  But this would seem to be something for the Texas coaches to keep their eyes on.  Actually Matsuzaka was good his first year, at least until the 2nd cycle through the league.  Will it be the same story for Yu Darvish?  Time will tell.....

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:03 pm

The Darvish has landed

I'm not wishing this guy ill will.  I love a good success story.  Yu Darvish will have a major arm injury in the next few seasons.  Watch the footage of him throwing in today's game.  He has one of the jerkiest deliveries I've ever seen.  Look at the way he yanks his throwing arm over the top and the stress he puts on the elbow.  If this guy doesn't have to have Tommy John surgery before he's 30 I'll be amazed.

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