More Yu Darvish numbers to chew on

May, 1, 2012
5/01/12
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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
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.97 142 115
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .341
HRA. Beltre 13
RBIA. Beltre 50
RA. Beltre 50
OPSA. Beltre .930
ERAY. Darvish 2.97
SOY. Darvish 142