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Battle of the Young Arms: Darvish vs. Tanaka

by on Sep.20, 2007 @ 1:15 am, under NPB

Round 1 of the Battle of the Young Arms has gone to Yu Darvish. He kept the Eagles offense off balance all night and didn't allow a hit until the 4th inning. And he only allowed two runners on base twice (6th and 7th) and managed to get out of both innings without surrending a run.

On the other side of the diamond, Tanaka struggled from the start, giving up runs in the first and second inning. He gave up 3 more in the seventh, 1 of which came after Tanaka was replaced with lefty reliever, Hiroshi Satoh. Satoh, in his first appearance of the season, surrendered an inside-the-park homerun to Fighters second baseman, Kensuke Tanaka.

Rakuten Eagles' 39-year-old Takeshi Yamasaki went hitless in four trips to the plate, and has not hit a homerun since the 6th of September, a span of 11 games (43 PA / 39 AB). He is currently second in the NPB homerun race with 41 (Tuffy Rhodes leads with 42).

Darvish lowered his ERA with his 8 scoreless inning appearance and is now only .08 runs away from NPB leader Yoshihisa Naruse, who also pitched last night, going 6.1 innings while giving up an earned run on 11 hits, 4 strikeouts, and 1 walk.

Final score: Fighters 6 - Eagles 0

Masahiro Tanaka
   IP   BF   P   H  HR  SO  BB  HB  ER  R
L  6.2  28  101  7  1   6   1   1   5   5

ERA   G   CG  ShO  W   L   IP     H   HR  SO   BB  HBP  R   ER  WP  BF
4.05  26  2    1   10  6  169.0  174  17  175  61   7   80  76  10  734

Yu Darvish
   IP   BF   P   H  HR  SO  BB  HB  ER  R
W  8.0  30  108  5  0   5   3   0   0   0

ERA   G   CG  ShO  W   L   IP     H   HR  SO   BB  HBP  R   ER  WP  BF
1.89  25  12   3   15  5  199.2  117  9   201  48  12   47  42  4   758

0 comments on “Battle of the Young Arms: Darvish vs. Tanaka

  1. Gwynar

    The thing that worries me the most about Darvish is his body size. He’s 196 cm, which is roughly 6’4" and weighs 84kg, or about 185. He looks a lot thinner than that. In any case, I’m not really sure about how his body will react to a heavier workload. I’m actually really interested to see how his body reacts after this season.

     YR   G   CG  BF    IP
    2005  14  2   410   94.1
    2006  25  3   627  149.2
    2007  25  12  758  199.2

    That’s a pretty big leap if you ask me. With 9 more games remaining for the Fighters, there’s a chance he may still have two more starts to go. So you can add on anywhere from 7 to maybe 16 more innings.

    I wish the NPB did a better job of tracking stats. I’ll probably be able to find out the number of total pitches he threw this season, but I can’t help but think that he might experience a slight drop next season. You have to remember, there just aren’t very many 200+ innings pitchers in Japan. Last year, there were 4 (Kenshin Kawakami, Kei Igawa, Daisuke Miura, and Kazumi Saito) starters with 200+ innings and none of them are anywhere near 200 this season.

    FYI: Muira has thrown 200+ innings twice in his career (2005, 2006), as has Saito (2005, 2006), and Kawakami once (2006).

    Perhaps I’ll write a blog post about this with a little more information.

    Incidentally, there is an article over at the Hardball Times about how larger (heavier) pitchers tend to have better staying power than smaller (lighter) pitchers.