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04/25/2013

Yu is Japanese for Cy

Usp-mlb_-texas-rangers-at-los-angeles-angels-yu-4_3_r536_c534It simply is never too early to hand out regular season baseball awards, especially in a sport that features a mere 162 games to garner said hardware.

Alas, the way Texas Rangers right handed pitcher Yu Darvish is pitching thus far in the 2013 Major League Baseball season it's time fire up the Yu for Cy campaign.

Against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night, Yu was again over powering and made hitters look like fools.

In five starts this season, Yu is 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA. He has pitched 32 2/3 innings and allowed 16 hits with a league-leading 49 strikeouts. He is drawing comparisons to an in-his-prime Pedro Martinez, who during his time with the Boston Red Sox was arguably the most dominant pitcher in baseball. Or one of three.

Right now Yu is projected to go 31-8 with 378 strikeouts this year. That would be a fairly decent season, and would just maybe, probably win the American League Cy Young.

1980_ferguson-jenkinsIf you are wondering, no Texas Rangers pitcher has ever won this award.

The closest was Fergie Jenkins, who finished second in 1974 to Catfish Hunter of the A's.
That season, Jenkins went 25-12 with a 2.89 ERA and 29 complete games. He threw 328 1/3 innings that season. And he didn't win.

The only other times the Rangers had pitchers garner votes in the Cy Young balloting were:
Jenkins (1978, 2 votes)
Jim Kern (1979, 25 votes)
Nolan Ryan (1989, 5 votes)
Kevin Brown (1992, 9 votes)
Ken Hill (1996, 1 vote)
Aaron Sele (1999, 4 votes)
John Wetteland (1999, 3 votes)
C.J. Wilson (2011, 9 votes)
Matt Harrison (2012, 2 votes)
Yu Darvish (2012, 1 vote) 

As you can see, not exactly a pitching factory in Arlington. Yu is not only becoming a celebrity No. 1 hammer ace, but he is this franchise's best shot at a Cy Young winner since Fergie Jenkins.

 

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