Tuesday, April 24, 2012
1899 Cleveland Spiders
2011 Boston Red Sox
The Yankees eschewed bidding for C.J. Wilson and he rewarded them for that by beating them on April 14, holding them to one run over six innings. The Yankees made a half-hearted bid for Yu Darvish that they surely knew would not be high enough to get him, which in my mind was effectively eschewing him as well.
They felt a better course of action was trading their best prospect for a young pitcher coming off a great year but so far it’s safe to say that the deal has been a disastrous one.
But I digress.
Darvish has struggled despite the decent 3.57 ERA so far in the majors, leading the league in walks with 13 compared to 14 Ks. According to Pitch FX he’s thrown six different types of pitches. A four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a cutter, a splitter, a slider and a curve. He’s getting ground balls and has yet to allow a HR which has helped him put up a respectable 3.89 FIP, but his peripherals don’t support his ERA if you look at other measures like xFIP (5.18), tERA (5.65) or SIERA (5.25). He’s had a particularly difficult time with LHB so far this year (.313/.431/.396 with 10 BB and 8 K in 58 PA compared to .174/.321/.217 with 3 BB and 6 K vs. RHB in 28 PA).
Despite all those numbers, it’s important to remember that sample size rules all. It’s been a mixed bag so far, but I don’t think there’s any question Darvish has the talent to be one of the better pitchers in baseball at some point. But he probably still has some adjustments to make before getting there. Let’s hope those adjustments don’t start tonight.
Hiroki Kuroda has had two crappy starts and one brilliant start this year. Let’s hope for another brilliant one, because if the Yankees don’t win tonight they are going to have to win behind Phil Hughes tomorrow if they want to take this series and I’m thinking that’s not very likely.
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