Yu Darvish is sixth AL rookie with 200 Ks
Darvish is also just the third AL rookie to reach the 200-strikeout plateau since 1976. He joins Mark Langston (204 in 1984 for the Mariners) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (201 in 2007 for the Boston Red Sox).
Darvish has a big-league high eight games of 10 or more strikeouts, including double-digit strikeouts in six of his last 14 starts. Darvish joins Nolan Ryan (1989, 90) as the only Rangers pitchers with as many as eight 10-or-more strikeout games in one season.
Here's the list of rookies since division play began in 1969 to have 200 strikeouts in a season (according to Elias Sports Bureau and Stats, Inc.):
1969: Tom Griffin, Houston -- 200
1970: Bob Johnson, Kansas City -- 206
1975: John Montefusco, San Francisco -- 215
1984: Dwight Gooden, New York Mets -- 276
1984: Mark Langston, Seattle -- 204
1995: Hideo Nomo, Los Angeles Dodgers -- 236
1998: Kerry Wood, Chicago Cubs -- 233
2007: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston -- 201
2012: Yu Darvish, Texas -- 205
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