Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 5/31/13
Many critics scoffed at the notion of the Texas Ranger’s $108 Million US investment in Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish.  Investing so much money into an unproven pitcher from another country seemed absurd, the Rangers blind confidence in their investment was questionable and the “Cy Young Award” incentives included into the contract seemed downright laughable.  Nevertheless, the only ones laughing nowadays are the Rangers, as their investment in Darvish is looking more like a steal with every passing day.  Darvish has compiled a sterling 7-2 record thus far, thanks in a large part to his 0.96 WHIP and his league leading 12.71 SO/9.  Darvish more than justified his contract last year with his stellar performance, but he seems to have elevated his game even further this year, as he now stands firmly supplanted atop of the Starting Pitcher food chain.  So…just what has gotten into Yu? Firstly, Darvish seems to have lady luck on his side again.  A look at Darvish’s 2012 stat-line shows that...
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