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Just as some baseball people don’t believe that a player can be clutch or that certain hitters possess a special talent for driving in runs Yu Darvish doesn’t believe in the concept of the ace pitcher.
A team’s best starting pitcher has the same task as the weakest link of the rotation — to allow fewer runs than the opposing pitcher while working deep into a game — and no one pitcher should be placed on a pedestal above the other four.
“All starting pitchers have the same goal and it’s a unit” Darvish said Wednesday. “I don’t know what the definition of ace is. I think all the starting pitchers have to support each other.”
That’s nice and all. It also serves absolutely no use in the fresh debate of whether Darvish is truly an ace a topic that has pitted the stats crowd against some longtime observers of Texas Rangers baseball who point to game events to underscore his shortcomings.
The final verdict: Darvish’s numbers this season leave him in the top tier of pitchers in the game
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Easy there, Trevor Plouffe. You were only two or so feet out in front of Yu’s hanger. Yikes. Let us take another look at that one… [FTW] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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