Yu Darvish is not only pitching well for Rangers this season, but is one of only four MLB pitchers to have recorded six wins this season.
Darvish is the son of a Iranian, with a Japanese mother, explaining how he acquired the name Darvish even though he lived in Japan.
He is fourth in MLB in strikeouts with 58. Only Felix Hernandez with 61, Gio Gonzalez with 60 and C.C. Sabathia have posted more strikeouts than Darvish.
The 25 year old Darvish has posted a 6-1 record and a 2.60 ERA this season, while allowing three or fewer runs in 7 of his 8 starts. He has allowed no runs or one run in five of those starts.
Darvish is fourth in MLB in strikeouts per 9 innings with a 10.04 K’s per 9 innings. Max Scherzer is the only better AL pitcher with 10.37 K’s per 9 innings.
We could very well see Darvish make the AL All-Star roster, if he keeps pitching this well.
AROUND THE BASES
Albert Pujols may finally be breaking out of his slump. He hit a three run homer yesterday and drove in two more runs.
He hit no home runs and drove in 5 runs in his first 27 games, but has hit 2 home runs and has driven in 12 runs in his last 10 games to give him 17 RBI for the season.
ESPN.com is now projecting Pujols to hit 9 home runs and drive in 72 runs this season. Surprisingly, he is hitting .323 with runners in scoring position.
Derek Jeter continues to climb up the alltime hits list with 3,144 hits and needs only 41 more to pass Paul Waner, George Brett and Cal Ripken moving him to 14th on the alltime hits list… Alex Rodriguez has only 5 home runs compared to AL leading Josh Hamilton with 18 home runs. ESPN.com projects Rodriguez to hit 22 home runs and drive in 61 runs this season. His .412 slugging percentage this season is his lowest since 1995 when he slugged .408 for Seattle.
19 MLB teams have seen a upward spike in attendance, while 11 teams have drawn less than they did in 2011. Overall attendance is up 927,625 so far in 2012. The Miami Marlins attendance has risen by 196,206 after 16 home games. The Minnesota Twins on the opposite end of the spectrum have lost 102,206 fans for the biggest drop in attendance.
Yonder Alonso leads all major league rookies with 37 hits in 2012 and also leads in doubles with 12….Jesus Montero, Wilin Rosario and Yoenis Cespedes lead rookies in home runs with 5 each and in RBI with 21….Mike Trout leads rookies in batting average with at least 60 at bats, with a .333 mark.
Yu Darvish leads rookie pitchers with 6 wins….Drew Smyly leads rookie pitchers with at least 30 innings pitched in ERA with a 2.31 mark.
LOOKING AT THE STANDINGS
Dodgers lead MLB in winning percentage with a 24-13 record and a .639 winning percentage….Twins have the worst record with a 11-26 record and a .297 winning percentage….Dodgers also have the best record at home with a 16-4 record….Rangers have the best road record with a 13-6 record.
Rays and Phillies have the longest current winning streaks in the majors, with both teams having won 4 in a row….Astros have longest current losing streak with 4 losses in a row….Royals and Marlins have best record in last 10 games with 7 wins and 3 losses….Diamondbacks and Rockies have worst record in the last 10 games with 2 wins and 8 losses each.
Closest race is in AL East with Rays and Orioles having identical 24-14 records….The Padres are the team furthest behind the leader, with a 10 1/2 game deficit behind the Dodgers in NL West.