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How Will Yu Darvish Fare in the MLB?


 

BY TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com writer

Starting pitcher Yu Darvish was phenomenal in Japan, but how successful will he be in Major League Baseball? Photo by: Keith Fujimoto / Flickr

With all the hype surrounding newly acquired Japanese pitching phenom Yu Darvish, it’s easy to forget there are other hurlers in the Texas Rangers pitching lineup.

Hailed as the premier pitching force in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, Darvish spent seven years throwing for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, posting an absurd stat line consisting of a 1.99 ERA, 1,259 strikeouts, and 93-38 win-loss record. Off the field, Darvish has lived the lifestyle typically associated with that of a rock star, dating adult film stars and engaging in erratic and somewhat childish behavior on a regular basis.

Standing at an imposing 6’5, Darvish is a righty who wields a versatile arsenal of pitches that include a sizzling 4-seam fastball, vicious slurve, cutter, splitter, curveball, and 2-seam fastball. Course, his total number of pitches will be diluted down in Spring Training,

As evidenced by his stellar career pitching stats, Darvish dominated his Japanese hitting opposition, winning the Pacific League’s MVP Award in 2007 and 2009.

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