Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/2/14
Yu Darvish is having an unreal sophomore season for the Rangers. In seven starts and 45 2/3 innings, Darvish has a 2.56 ERA, accrued 1.9 fWAR, and has struck out a league-leading 72 hitters. To put in perspective how vast the 15 strikeout difference between Darvish and second-place AJ Burnett is, consider the fact that Burnett could throw a nine inning complete game at his current K/9 ratio (which is 12.21), and still trail Darvish. A friend posed an interesting question on Twitter about Darvish: could he strike out 300 hitters this season? While it seems easy to imagine Darvish striking out 300 hitters, you need a bit of historical perspective. The last pitched not named "Johnson", "Martinez", or "Schilling" to strike out as many as 270 hitters was Roger Clemens, who struck out 271 in 1998. Over the last 40 years, the only pitchers to strike out 300 hitters in a season were those three aforementioned starters, along with Nolan Ryan, Mike Scott, and J...
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