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Entries in Yu Darvish (21)

Wednesday
Apr032013

Yu Darvish's Near Miss 

Here are 26 stats, one for each out recorded by Yu Darvish in his near miss-terpiece.

 

  1. Yu Darvish threw 111 pitches.
  2. Batters swung at 57.7% and missed on 42.2%.
  3. He tossed 78 strikes.
  4. Darvish induced 27 swing-and-misses.
  5. Lefties saw 69 pitches, swung at 42, missed on 18.
  6. Righties saw 42 pitches, swung at 22, missed on 9.
  7. Batters chased 43.8% of Darvish's pitches.
  8. Batters fouled of 24 pitches.
  9. There were 14 called strikes.
  10. On his 14 strikeouts, the average velocity was 85.7, the fastest strikeout pitch was 97.4, the slowest was 79.1.
  11. There were three called strike threes.
  12. Batters chased 28 pitches out of the strike zone.
  13. Of the 13 non-strikeouts, nine were grounders.
  14. There were 16 batters who went to two strikes and 14 whiffed.
  15. Darvish threw 20 fastballs including the one that went for a hit. He had two strikeouts on fastballs.
  16. He threw four curveballs.
  17. He threw 32 sliders and recorded 11 strikeouts.
  18. He threw 50 cutters and recorded one whiff.
  19. He threw four splitters.
  20. Darvish threw 57 pitches over 90 mph.
  21. He threw 12 pitches 95+ mph, hitting a high of 97.4.
  22. Five batters reached three balls on the count, four ended up striking out. 
  23. He went full on four batters, all four whiffed.
  24. No batter started off 3-0.
  25. Lefties were 1-for-18, righties were 0-for-9.
  26. Darvish had a 96 Game Score for this effort. His previous high was 78, which he achieved twice last September.

 

 

Monday
Mar182013

David Wright plans on playing opening day plus more

"David Wright is refusing to make a public decree about Opening Day, but his words to his manager yesterday upon returning to the Mets revealed the third baseman’s mindset.

“He reassured me he’ll be ready,” Terry Collins said after the Mets’ 2-1 exhibition loss to the Braves at Tradition Field. “I’m not doubting him, but we certainly have to have a contingency plan in case he’s not. But he said, ‘I’ll be out there.’ ”

Wright was still sore after receiving a cortisone shot in his left rib cage area two days earlier, and physical activity remains off limits. It likely won’t be until the middle of this week that Wright will receive an idea of what activities he can resume after team doctors diagnosed him with a “moderate” intercostal strain on Friday."

Source: NYPost.com

Dice-K, Matt Capps wont make Indians opening day roster

"Not long after five players were sent back to the minor-league camp this morning, manager Terry Francona and General Manager Chris Antonetti had more player personnel news.

Catchers Brian Jeroloman and Omir Santos, infielder Luis Hernandez, outfielder Matt Carson, plus reliever Matt Capps and starter Daisuke Matsuzaka were informed they would not make the team out of spring training but were being kept in major-league camp.

""We talked to all those guys and told them that as of now they will not be breaking camp with us and going to Cleveland, but that they're staying in our camp,'' Francona said. ""We didn't want raise unrealistic expectations, and we thought it was respectful to tell them.''

Source: Ohio.com

Teixeira's injury more serious

"The injury that will keep New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira out of the lineup until May at the earliest is not a wrist strain, as originally reported, but a partially torn tendon sheath that could potentially require season-ending surgery.

As of now, the Yankees are still expecting Teixeira to heal without needing an operation and to rejoin the club after about 8-10 weeks of healing time. 

But Teixeira, who arrived at spring camp Sunday morning with his right wrist in a cast-like splint and will rehab there for the rest of the spring, raised the possibility that his absence could be longer than that."

Source: ESPN.com

Farrell still searching for DH

"David Ortiz did not take batting practice on Monday, at one point a hope for the Red Sox designated hitter who's battling right heel inflammation.

"I haven't been able to play and do what I'm supposed to do. It's not fun," Ortiz told reporters in Fort Myers. "Just trying to deal with it. The setback is what pretty much frustrates me the most, because you think you're doing the right thing to get better. It's like walking backwards. That's the part of this game I don't like. We're approaching it different and hopefully we get to the point we don't have to worry about it anymore."

Source: MLB.com

Kershaw has smooth but painful outing

"To Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly,Clayton Kershaw looks ready for his opening-day assignment — that is, unless his leg swells up overnight.

Kershaw was struck on his left Achilles tendon by a batted ball during what were otherwise six near-perfect innings Saturday against the Texas RangersDavid Murphy's fourth-inning line drive accounted for one of only two hits Kershaw gave up.

"It might be a little sore tomorrow," Kershaw said. "I'll ice it tonight. It should be fine."

Kershaw didn't give up any runs or walks in the Dodgers' 4-0 defeat, lowering his spring earned-run average to 3.79. His pitch count was set at 90, but he completed his six allotted innings in only 70. He finished his workday with some extra throws off the bullpen mound."

Source: LAtimes.com

Yu Darvish scratched from start

"Right-hander Yu Darvish will not start on Monday night as scheduled for the Texas Rangers because of neck stiffness.

Darvish strained a neck muscle during workouts on Sunday. In a statement issued by the club, Darvish said the strain was “very minor,” and he would have started if this were a regular-season game. With nearly two weeks remaining before the start of the regular season, the club and Darvish decided to take the conservative route.

“This is precautionary on my part,” Darvish said.

Manager Ron Washington said the club is not concerned about the injury. Darvish, who joined the club for pre-game work, probably will have a bullpen throwing session before his next start."

Source: Dallasnews.com

As Stephen Drew recovers, Red Sox need to pick starter

"The Red Sox didn’t think anything was wrong when Stephen Drew was hit in the head by a pitch from Minnesota’s Caleb Thielbar March 7.

The ball seemed to glance off his helmet and Drew went to first base without any delay. He later scored and stayed in the game for another two innings.

“That? It was nothing,” Drew said that day as he left the park."

Source: Boston.com

Sandoval doesn't think elbow injury is serious

"Pablo Sandoval moments ago said of his elbow injury, “I don’t think it’s something serious.”  It was serious enough for hi, m to be scratched from today’s lineup, and he said he’s sore when throwing and batting left-handed.

He said he’ll have tests tomorrow and wouldn’t give a possible timetable for his return. He felt something in the elbow, he said, when making a throw to second base on Saturday."

Source: SFgate.com

Chris Carpenter still unlikely to pitch again

"It took his wife and young son to convince Chris Carpenter to do what his Cardinals teammates could not.

On his way back from a family vacation in Puerto Rico, Carpenter stopped by this afternoon for the game and he plans to spend the rest of the week in the Jupiter area and around the Cardinals' spring training facility. He was resistant to visit — this is first spring without a training to attend since he was 18 — and text messages and invitations from teammates and coaches wouldn't lure him into town.

But his wife suggested the stop on the way home."

Source: Stltoday.com

Headley out a month with fractured thumb

"Padres third baseman Chase Headley, coming off one of the best seasons in franchise history, will miss the first month of the season after fracturing the tip of his left thumb on Sunday.

Headley, who won National League Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards in 2012, sustained what the Padres' medical staff initially termed a jammed thumb trying to break up a double play Sunday against the Angels in Tempe.

After an X-ray on Sunday, Headley visited a hand specialist in San Diego on Monday.

"You hate to see it happen," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It's unfortunate for Chase and the Padres."

The Padres open the regular season on April 1 against the Mets at Citi Field."

Source: MLB.com

Saturday
Jan192013

Is Yu Darvish Better Off With Geo Soto Behind The Plate?

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington recently announced that when Yu Darvish is on the bump in 2013, Geovany Soto will be behind the plate. Here's what Washington told ESPNDallas' Rich Durrett:

"I just think they had a good communication and a good relationship. I think Soto was in Darvish's head to the point that whatever Darvish felt like he wanted to do, Soto was doing it. They meshed very well. Soto had a way of relaxing a lot of pitchers he caught, not only Yu Darvish. I don't know much Japanese Soto knows, but he went out there and said something. I don't know if Yu understood, but it relaxed him."

I don't know how much Japanese Soto knows either. But the former Cub became Darvish's personal catcher down the stretch last season, and Darvish did post a far lower walk rate with Soto (6.9 percent of batters faced) than he did with Yorvit Torrealba (10.5%) or Mike Napoli (14.6%). Not all of that is the catcher, of course, but Soto ranks as one of the game's top pitch-framers according to Mike Fast. With Soto as his battery mate, Darvish did get more called strikes in August and September.

On pitches taken outside of the strike zone, Darvish's called strike rate remained about the same no matter who caught him. In the zone, it was a different story. Overall, right-handed starting pitchers got a called strike 80.6% of the time that hitters took a pitch thrown over the plate in 2012. Darvish fared worse than most, getting a called strike 78.5% of the time in such situations. However, Darvish's called strike rate on in-zone pitches taken climbed during his eight starts with Soto behind the dish:

Darvish's called strike rate on in-zone pitches taken, by catcher

CatcherPitchesCalled Strike Rate on In-Zone P Taken
Napoli/Torrealba 434 77%
Soto 158 83%

 

These numbers certainly don't prove that Soto is the reason for Darvish getting more calls late in the season -- it could be the umps, pitch selection/location or just plain noise, given the relatively small sample size. But Soto's seeming pitch-framing prowess raises an interesting question: Should Washington keep the Soto-Darvish battery intact, even on days when the Rangers face a tough right-handed pitcher? Soto (with a career .891 OPS against lefty pitching, compared to .727 versus righties) and free agent signee A.J. Pierzynski (.776 OPS against RHB, .670 versus lefties) complement each other offensively, and A.J. also rated as a good pitch-framer in Fast's catcher study.

It's early April, and Darvish is set to face King Felix. If you're Ron Washington, who are you starting behind the plate?