Originally posted on Fantasy Baseball Dugout  |  Last updated 5/6/12

When we came out in preseason touting Yu Darvish thanks to watching YouTube videos of his pitching in Japan, many of you were skeptical that Darvish would rank as high as the 15th best pitcher in the league.

So, we decided to see for ourselves and crossed the border to see Darvish pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, April 30.  Darvish’s performance, much to the delight of the largely Asian audience, was superb and Yu ran his record to 4-0 on the year and his ERA dropped to 2.18.  Based on Darvish’s 2012 stats, at least so far, Darvish is living up to our expectations.  The only ding on  Darvish has been his control.  His 17 walks in 33 innings contribute to a less than stellar 1.42 WHIP on the year.  The key for Darvish is that while he will give up the free passes, he has such good stuff that he can get out of jams with strikeouts (33 K’s in 33 IP’s).

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