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Dose of Darvish: Facing C.J. Wilson?

5/3/2012

If the rotations of both the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim stay the same, Yu Darvish would face C.J. Wilson on May 11, the first time the teams play each other in 2012.

That game in Arlington would certainly be interesting. The Rangers weren't willing to pay top dollar for Wilson this offseason but they did for Darvish, submitting a $51.7 million posting bid and then guaranteeing Darvish $56 million over six years. Wilson signed a lucrative deal with the Angels and joined one of the better staffs in the league.

Darvish and Wilson will pitch again before meeting each other (again, if the rotations aren't altered or Mother Nature intervenes to change things). Here's how they've done so far in the first five starts:

Darvish: 4-0, 2.18 ERA with 33 strikeouts, 17 walks with a .238 opponent batting average

Wilson: 3-2, 2.70 ERA with 30 strikeouts, 12 walks with a .177 opponent batting average

It's worth noting that since Darvish gave up five runs in his first two innings as a big league pitcher, he's allowed three earned runs in his past 31 innings. In his past two starts, Darvish has allowed one run on 11 hits in 15 1/3 innings with 19 strikeouts and four walks.