“30 Teams, 30 Posts” (2015): The Darvish Lament

In 30 Teams, 30 Posts, I write a post about every MLB team in some way in the lead-up to the beginning of the 2015 season. Previous installments can be found here. Today…. the Rangers.

This WOULD have been a post about Yu Darvish, the number one reason to watch the Texas Rangers.

And then he got hurt.

I would have probably posted this GIF.

But then he got hurt.

I would have predicted that Yu Darvish would win the Cy Young Award this season.

But then he got hurt.

So, instead, I’ll talk about how this is the year the Jurickson Profar finally arrives and lives up to the hype.

Oh. Wait.

Crud.

Tomorrow: The Athletics.

MVP of Yesterday (May 9, 2014): Yu Darvish

The whole controversy over whether the fly ball was a hit or error- and the fact he did eventually give up a clear hit later- doesn’t remove the fact that Yu Darvish had a brilliant game yesterday and is an easy choice for MVP.

Standings after the jump:

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MVP of Yesterday (August 12, 2013): Yu Darvish

There were some great pitching performances last night by guys like Cole Hamels, Hiroki Kuroda, Mat Latos and Andrew Albers (who followed up his near complete-game shutout from his first start with… a complete game shutout his second start). But the MVP of Yesterday is Yu Darvish, who had 15 Ks and gave up only one hit (a HR) and one walk (which should have been a strikeout- the ump blew the call on the 2-2 pitch).

Standings, as always, after the jump:

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MVP of Yesterday (May 5, 2013): Yu Darvish

Justin Verlander may have had a no-hitter through seven, but Yu Darvish struck out 14 and gave up only 4 hits (although two of them were homers) as he got the tough-luck no-decision against the Red Sox yesterday.

Darvish is having quite the year in his second season in North America and is an early Cy Young contender, and already has 72 strikeouts this season. By comparison, second place for strikeouts in the AL is Max Scherzer… with 54.

MVP Standings after the jump:

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The MVP of Yesterday (April 2, 2013): Yu Darvish

It’s hard to argue with a guy who was one out away from a perfect game. In fact, had, for example, Elvis Andrus made a miracle play and gotten Marwin Gonzalez out, Yu Darvish would have found himself in the rare company of Sandy Koufax and Matt Cain for pitchers with the most strikeouts in a perfect game (14).

Honorable mentions: Madison Bumgarner, Adam Jones, Jay-Z

“Yesterday’s MVP” Standings (after jump):

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