Found April 03, 2013 on
The Flagrant Fan:
I follow 1,067 people on Twitter. Probably a thousand of them are baseball people making me pretty much a one-trick pony. I follow beat writers, baseball analysts, writers and fans. Following them all is hugely entertaining. Last night was a typical night on my timeline. Some were following the baseball games in their area, but it was a short schedule with only seven games on tap. Others were watching basketball and hockey. And then someone mentioned that Yu Darvish was perfect through six innings against the Astros. The next hour and a half was pretty close to Twitter nirvana.
Yu Darvish is still the Number Two trending topic on Twitter today. And I thought that Sunday night's first game of the season where the Rangers opened against the Astros in the latter team's American League debut was as pretty close to perfect as Twitter could get. After all, most of us were watching the same game and it was like all of us were in this same vortex all around the country. But as ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish made sure the new guys in the division realized that they have a long way to go before they can really hang with the big boys by throwing a near perfect game. Tuesday night the sophomore pitching sensation dominated the Houston Astros line-up striking out 14 of the first 26 batters he faced, but with one out to go and Major League Baseball...
Texas manager Ron Washington was certainly impressed as he watched Yu Darvish flirt with perfection.
He was even more blown away when he saw a television replay of the Japanese star coming within an out of the second perfect game in Rangers history.
Washington says, ''he was nasty ... his ball was moving all over the place.''
The celebrated right-hander struck...
HOUSTON Yu Version 2.0 makes his 2013 Tuesday night against the Houston Astros and big things are expected from Yu Darvish in his second season in the majors.
Darvish, who did everything the club expected of him as a rookie, has a comfort level this year that he didnt have to start his rookie year in the majors.
That could make for some very long nights for Texas opponents.
Yu Darvish came up one out short of throwing a perfect game, and fans on Twitter were feeling for the Texas Rangers pitcher.
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish came within one out throwing a perfect game against the Astros.
So we’re all of three days into the new season and it’s already been memorable, if nothing short of amazing.
One night after Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher since 1953 to throw a shutout and homer in the same game and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper homered in...
HOUSTON (AP) -- Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.
The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his...
HOUSTON — Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher’s legs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.
The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down...
I knew I would miss tonight’s game because of social plans. I figured it was no big deal. Even though it was a Yu Darvish start, it was also his first start of the season. First of many. But I wonder if any will be as spectacular as this one.
While I was with my friends, I monitored the score via At Bat and Twitter. I was pretty excited when I saw Darvish had five strikeouts...
Yu Darvish was the story around the leagye on Tuesday night. Darvish was just one out shy of a perfect game in Houston, but a single up the middle by Marwin Gonzalez ruined Darvish's dream of history. So close, yet so far...I'm sure this won't be the first time Darvish flirts with history this year.
PIC OF THE DAY
Yu Darvish tips his cap to the ground as...
A day after Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game, Alexi Ogando and four Texas relievers shut out the Astros again, combining for a five-hitter in the Rangers' 4-0 win over Houston on Wednesday.
Lance Berkman doubled in a run for the Rangers a day after they blanked Houston 7-0 behind Darvish's nearly historic gem.
Ogando (1-0) allowed four hits with a career...
Yu Darvish pitched 8 2/3 perfect innings against the Houston Astros last night, striking out 14 batters. Earlier yesterday afternoon, Keith tweeted this:Yu Darvish might strike out 10-15 #Astros tonight! #Rangers— Keith Lott (@WeTlkFntsySprts) April 2, 2013I literally want to throw up. Darvish was lights out and got the first 2 outs of the 9th in just 3 pitches. Marwin Gonzalez...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
1. An Idle Thought on Imperfection
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Game Odds, Translated into Winning Percentages
An Idle Thought on Imperfection
Inspecting Tuesday’s single-game xFIP leaderboard (among starting pitchers only) — a thing which is now...