Numbers: How Yu Darvish beat the Royals

September, 4, 2012
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ESPN Stats & Information put together a look at how Yu Darvish beat the Kansas City Royals yesterday, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning. Here's how he got it done:

* Darvish threw his cutter to Royals lefties (20 of 27 cutters), generating four outs. Darvish had five outs total in at-bats ending with the cutter, tied for his most with the pitch this season.

* The Royals righties looked to attack when Darvish threw middle-in, swinging at 13 pitches that led to seven outs. In his last three starts, opponents are 2-for-21 in at-bats ending with a Darvish pitch middle-in.

* All six of Darvish's strikeouts were swinging, giving him 40 over his last five starts and 164 on the season, second in MLB (Max Scherzer, 167). Here's a list of the most swinging strikeouts in 2012:

Max Scherzer: 167
Yu Darvish: 164<<
Justin Verlander: 155
>>All six strikeouts on Monday were swinging
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
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
3 1.86 20 29
OTHER LEADERS
BAL. Martin .315
HRR. Chirinos 2
RBIL. Martin 9
RE. Andrus 11
OPSS. Choo .827
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23