More Yu Darvish numbers to chew on

ESPN Stats & Information dug up a ton of facts and figures on Yu Darvish. Enjoy. Here you go:

* Darvish is the sixth pitcher since 2000 to have started 4-0 or better in his first five career starts which resulted in a team win in each of those starts. The others:

Tommy Hanson

Jered Weaver

Jason Simontacchi

Kazuhisa Ishii

Roy Oswalt

Scott Schoeneweis

* Since 1957 (when official rules for rookie status were implemented), Darvish is the sixth rookie starting pitcher to start at least 4-0 in April. The others:

Jerry Koosman in 1968 (4-0)

Jerry Garvin in 1977 (4-0)

Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 (5-0)

Mike Grace in 1996 (4-0)

Kazuhisa Ishii in 2002 (5-0)

* Darvish is the only Rangers' pitcher to record nine strikeouts in back-to-back starts this season (1st Rangers pitcher since C.J. Wilson with 9+ K April 18-24, 2011).

* What's been one key for Yu Darvish's increased success? The increased rate of first-pitch strikes:

Yu Darvish: 1st-Pitch Strike Percentage

5th start 74.1%<<

4th start 63.6%

3rd start 48.1%

2nd start 48.4%

1st start 46.7%

>>20 out of 27 1st-pitch strikes