Wake Up and Enjoy Yu Darvish Dominate the White Sox, and Consider Him for Short-Season Cy Young?

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Wake Up and Enjoy Yu Darvish Dominate the White Sox, and Consider Him for Short-Season Cy Young?

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The last part of that title isn’t just my prompting. It’s the fact that we’re almost halfway through starting pitchers’ likely starts for the year, and that’s about when you WOULD start thinking about possible Cy Young candidates.

Clearly, Darvish is among them, even if he understandably ain’t going there:

After owning the hottest offense in baseball yesterday to the tune of 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, and 10 K, Darvish’s season numbers are incredible: 1.70 ERA, 2.11 FIP, 1.5 WAR, 31.0% K rate, 4.2% BB rate. That WAR leads the NL, the ERA is third, the FIP is fourth, and the K-BB is 5th. Yes, Darvish is on that early Cy Young short list.

He absolutely has continued to be the guy he was in the second half last year, which helps yield this fun stat:

As for yesterday’s game, Darvish was out there throwing a dang frisbee for a slider, and wound up getting 26(!!!) whiffs on the day. Nearly half the time the White Sox swung, they missed the ball. And when it was a slider? Their swings turned into a whiff 74% of the time. Heck, 60% of the time they swung at his four-seamer they whiffed! My God.

Enjoy some bits:

https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1297636278712836096

https://twitter.com/faridyu/status/1297661634547195908



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.