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Tuesday
May282013

Deconstructing Darvish

For the third time this season, Yu Darvish, last night, struck out 14 batters in a game.

For the third time this season, Yu Darvish, last night, allowed four runs in a game.

Darvish picked up a no-decision in the Rangers 5-4 loss to Arizona, keeping his record at 7-2 and dropping the Rangers record in Darvish starts to 8-3.

Darvish 2013 starts

Rk Date   Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
1 Apr 2 @ HOU W,7-0 GS-9 W(1-0) 8.2 1 0 0 0 14 0 0.00 111 78
2 Apr 7   LAA W,7-3 GS-5 W(2-0) 5.0 6 3 3 4 6 0 1.98 85 50
3 Apr 12 @ SEA L,1-3 GS-6 L(2-1) 6.0 3 3 3 1 8 0 2.75 108 61
4 Apr 19   SEA W,7-0 GS-7 W(3-1) 7.0 3 0 0 3 10 0 2.02 111 69
5 Apr 24 @ LAA W,11-3 GS-6 W(4-1) 6.0 3 0 0 2 11 0 1.65 100 68
6 Apr 30   CHW W,10-6 GS-6 W(5-1) 6.0 7 4 4 3 9 1 2.33 108 64
7 May 5   BOS W,4-3 GS-7   7.0 4 3 3 2 14 2 2.56 127 78
8 May 11 @ HOU W,8-7 GS-7 W(6-1) 7.0 3 3 3 3 8 2 2.73 105 63
9 May 16   DET W,10-4 GS-8 W(7-1) 8.0 7 4 4 1 6 2 2.97 130 90
10 May 21   OAK L,0-1 GS-6 L(7-2) 6.0 5 1 1 3 5 1 2.83 101 56
11 May 27(2) @ ARI L,4-5 GS-8   7.2 7 4 4 0 14 1 3.03 116 83
              74.1 49 25 25 22 105 9 3.03    
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/28/2013.

Darvish is a joy to watch as he has held batters to a .186 BAA this season

As you can see from the heat map above, this season, Darvish has held batters to a .147 when he has kept the ball the ball low in the strike zone.

Last night, however that didn't work as well as the D-backs went 4-17 lower in the zone with the key blow being a Didi Gregorius homer on a low cutter with one on in the 8th that tied the game at 4-4.

Darvish has allowed nine homers this season

Darvish has been incredibly effective late in his games

SplitGIPERERAPAABRH2B3BHRBBSOBA
Innings 1-3 11 33.0 17 4.64 141 125 17 31 5 2 5 10 51 .248
Innings 4-6 11 32.0 6 1.69 116 105 6 14 2 1 3 10 40 .133
Innings 7-9 6 9.1 2 1.93 35 33 2 4 0 0 1 2 14 .121
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/28/2013. 

Darvish from the 6th inning on

From the 6th inning on he's held batters to a .108 average (7-for-65), one triple, two homers, and 24 whiffs and just five walks.

The Darvish Whiffs

Darvish has recorded 105 strikeouts this season and you can see they have occurred everywhere in and around the strike zone. 

  • 32 have come on his fastball
  • 3 on his curve
  • 70 on his slider/cutter
  • 87 have been swings and misses
  • 20 have been on 0-2 pitches
  • 32 have been on 1-2 pitches
  • 35 have been on 2-2 pitches
  • 18 have been on 3-2 pitches
  • 18 have been called strike threes 
  • 50 have been on pitches chased by batters out of the zone
  • The numbers that I find most amazing - 52 strikeouts have been by lefties and 53 by righties 

There is no more exciting pitcher to watch in baseball right now

Give me one game to watch and I would rather see Yu Darvish than any other pitcher and that includes Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw, and Matt Harvey.

If Mariano Rivera does not start for the AL in the All-Star Game, I hope it's Yu Darvish so that the world can see him in action.

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