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Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington likes to say that Yu Darvish can throw 29,000 different pitches.
Thanks to a poster DShep on Lone Star Ball, we got to see him throw five pitches at once in his start Wednesday night against Los Angeles.
The GIF shows Darvish throwing five pitches from basically the same release point at the same time with the ball doing different and unthinkable things to Los Angeles slugger Albert Pujols.
The five-in-one GIF probably sums up how the Los Angeles hitters felt Wednesday night against Darvish. He struck out 11 in six scoreless innings and is now the major-league leader with 49 strikeouts.
"What's really funny is it looks like it's magic," said Jason Parks, the national prospectplayer development writer for Baseball Prospectus. "From the hitter's point of view, that's really what is happening. He was throwing four seamers at 98 mph. If he's spotting that fastball, they (hitters) are completely at his mercy. After his established that fastball early in the game, it was a circus."
Some have joked that the GIF is the baseball equivalent of pornography for those who love watching clips like that. Parks doesn't disagree.
Parks said the Darvish outing Wednesday was the best he's ever seen him pitch. That includes the near-perfect game that Darvish had in his first start of the season.
Darvish has now struck out at least 10 batters 11 times in 34 starts for the Rangers. That's tied for the second most double figure strikeout games in franchise history. Only Nolan Ryan (34) has more.
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I'm always amazed by what folks adept at technology can do with baseball GIFs. This one from Reddit user Dshep is just as mesmerizing as R.A. Dickey's knuckleball in slow motion. 5 Yu Darvish pitches shown as if they were happening at the same time. It not only shows the incredible array of pitches Darvish has in his repetoire, but also just how hard it is to be a Major...
Yu Darvish is truly coming into his own in his second year in the majors. The Texas Rangers starter was an out away from throwing a perfect game against the Houston Astros in his first start of the season. He struck out 14 that game, which set the tone for the rest of the month. Darvish has posted double-digit strikeout totals in his last two starts, giving him an MLB-leading 49...
Last night Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish continued his dominant season. Darvish pitched 6 Innings, giving up only 3 hits and no runs, while striking out 11 against the Angels, improving his record to 4-1. This GIF is awesome. It shows all five of Darvish’s pitches in one motion. You just have to see it for yourself.
Shout-out to @MindOfStan on Twitter, which is where I saw this...
That title is not exactly clear, is it? No, not what it would look like if Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish pitched a game while he was taking LSD. The below GIF is what it would look like if someone sat and watched Yu Darvish pitch while they were taking LSD. It’s a near-certainty that Yu Darvish has never considered doing what MLB pitcher Dock Ellis said he had done on June...
Making an April bid for the AL Cy Young, Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish dominated the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. Darvish, now 4-1 on the young season, struck out 11 in six scoreless innings pitched while lowering his ERA to just 1.65. In just his second season in the majors, Darvish has now recorded his 11th double digit strikeout performance of his career in just 34...
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has great control over five pitches, and this spectacular GIF proves it.
Watch this gif, it is a blend of Yu Darvish throwing all five of his pitches. Watch each pitch do their thing, yet Darvish’s mechanics, motion, arm speed and action is the exact same for every pitch. That is the ultimate gift of a great pitcher, absolute perfect blend of deception and mechanical discipline.
Yu Darvish is having a great season already and thanks to this incredible .GIF. What you are seeing here is YU’s slider, four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, a cutter and a curveball all on top of each other. Amazing work from Reddit.
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Some guy on Twitter named Drew merged the five primary pitches of the Rangers’ ace Yu Darvish into one fabulous GIF. There are no women popping their top at the ballpark (does that happen?) and Nolan Ryan isn’t using Robin Ventura’s dome as a punching bag, but this might be the best baseball GIF ever created.
Notice how Darvish’s release point is the exact same for all...
It has been a fantastic start to the season for Yu Darvish. Wednesday night was more of the same for the sophomore pitcher. He got plenty of help from the offense (11 runs), but he didn't need it. Over six scoreless innings only three Angels were able to record a hit while 11 struck out.
That brings his ERA down to 1.65 and his league leading strikeout total to 49. Of his...
Nelson Cruz capped a nine-run fourth inning with a three-run homer, Lance Berkman had four RBIs and the Texas Rangers helped Yu Darvish cruise to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night in the rubber game of the series.
Darvish (4-1) allowed three hits over six scoreless innings, struck out 11 and lowered his ERA to 1.65 after getting staked to an 11-0 lead...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Nelson Cruz capped a nine-run fourth inning with a three-run homer, Lance Berkman had four RBIs and the Texas Rangers helped Yu Darvish cruise to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night in the rubber game of the series.
Darvish (4-1) allowed three hits over six scoreless innings, struck out 11 and lowered his ERA to 1.65 after getting...
Carson Cistulli’s infatuation with specific pitches and Jeff Sullivan’s desire to highlight the bizarre and hilarious have led to some great GIFs on FanGraphs over the last few years. But, today, I think we all have to acknowledge that the art form of the GIF has been perfected. Or, at least, has hit a new high. Because this is simply incredible.
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I’m not sure I should continue to watch the west coast games in bed. Or maybe I should. Last night, I fell asleep in the bottom of the 3rd inning. If you know anything about the series finale in Anaheim, you’ll know I missed the best inning for the Rangers’ bats and a great performance from Yu Darvish.
The Rangers had just four baserunners in the first three innings. ...