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Darvish heading towards his fourth straight sub-2 ERA season

by on Sep.12, 2010 @ 11:23 am, under NPB

Yu Darvish (HAM) recorded his 11th double-digit strikeout game last night, making him the 8th pitcher to rack-up 11 or more double-digit strikeout games in one season and first since Toshiya Sugiuchi (SOF) in 2008.  (It should also be mentioned that the 8 pitchers that have put together 11 or more double-digit strikeout games in one season have also accomplished the feat 13 times.)

Darvish also managed to drop his ERA from 1.97 to 1.92.  If Darvish can keep his ERA under 2.00 this year, it will give him four consecutive seasons of ERAs under 2.00.  That would make Darvish just the third pitcher to accomplish the feat since the start of the two league system.

The other two pitchers that recorded four consecutive seasons for ERA under 2.00: Masaichi Kaneda (between 1955 and 1958) and Kazuhisa Inao (between 1956 and 1959).

In other Darvish news...

The Yanks, Rangers, Orioles, and Twins all had scouts watching Darvish pitch last night against the Softbank Hawks.  (Scouts from 8 MLB teams were at the game.)

From the same article, Darvish made a call to other players on the team to step.  Said Darvish, "If everyone did their thing, we could [climb above fourth].  I only pitch once a week, but I'd like to do my best to make sure we win that game."

3 comments on “Darvish heading towards his fourth straight sub-2 ERA season

  1. Nathan

    I am going to be in Sapporo for 4 games next week. Is Yu Darvish going to start anytime at home between 18th-25th?

    1. Gen Post author

      Darvish’s last three starts have all come on Saturdays. Unless something happens, I’m guessing his next start will also be on a Saturday.

  2. fordmo47


    Thanks again for your information to Nathan. Now I know why I was able to watch his last August start in NHK World

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