Numbers: How Yu Darvish beat the Angels

September, 21, 2012
9/21/12
9:35
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ESPN Stats & Information (thanks to Zain Dhanani, Ryan Feldman, Justin Havens, Doug Kern, Zach Singer and Kenton Wong) put together a look at how Yu Darvish helped the Texas Rangers get a big win over the Los Angeles Angels. Here's how Darvish did it:

* Darvish kept his cutter low to righties, throwing 18 of his 31 cutters (58 percent) to right-handed hitters in the lower-third. Darvish retired Albert Pujols twice on cutters. Pujols entered Thursday's game batting .444 against cutters this year.

* Overall, Darvish threw 53 cutters, generating eight outs and giving up just one hit. Darvish's cutter has been a dominant pitch all season, especially for inducing ground-ball outs. A chart:

Yu Darvish's Cutter (2012 Season)
BA: .190
OPS: .554
GB Pct: 56.0
HR: 0

* Darvish had the Angels fooled all night, getting 20 swings-and-misses, tied for the second-most he has had in a start this year. Darvish was able to keep the Angels baffled using his whole repertoire.

Yu Darvish Swings-And-Misses vs. Angels
Cutter: 9
Slider: 4
Curveball: 4
Fastball: 3
>20 total, T-2nd most in a start this year

* For the second time this year (both in September), Darvish recorded an out on a pitch above 90 mph and a pitch below 70 mph. Darvish struck out Mike Trout swinging in the third inning on a 94-mph fastball, and he struck out Vernon Wells looking on a 63-mph curveball in the eighth inning.
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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BA LEADER
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BA HR RBI R
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RBIA. Beltre 53
RA. Beltre 52
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ERAY. Darvish 2.92
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