Look, if a guy has a 5.26 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and a .240 batting average against, he’s obviously doing some things wrong. (For you Sabermetricians, his FIP was a 5.01 entering the game against the Brewers. So again, not throwing well.)
This is more about Darvish’s entertainment value than his effectiveness I guess. You would think the two go hand-in-hand.
After catching a glimpse of some of the game against Milwaukee today, I though I was seeing the old Yu again. Devastating curveball, sharp slider and that STUPID two-seamer.
Turns out I wasn’t to off-based.
Normally, a guy is lucky to have one breaking ball move like either of these. Dude’s got ‘em both in his back pocket, plus that tight cutter.
I mean, that curveball is a HAMMER. No horizontal action. Four-seam fastball spin. Looks like a high fastball and just plummets out of the zone.
Here’s a look at another:
Honestly doesn’t get better than that. Could watch that on loop for 10 minutes.
Oh, then there’s this:
95 with some heavy movement.
For the life of me, I don’t know how he’s not posting numbers like Darvish Circa 2013. Sure more people have seen him, but no one has that much movement on as many pitches as he does. AND he has heat to go with it.
I’m sure by the end of the year the numbers will at least look similar to last year’s, if not better.