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Hiro, some of Darvish's approach may be an attempt to go further with fewer pitches, but I think there are other factors.
When his pitches have less movement, like they have for the last few starts, he get's fewer swinging strikes and has to rely on throwing strikes that can't be hit well and trusting his defense. Also, Soto seems to call a different type of game than Pierzynsky; A.J. wants to challenge batters with speed changes and alternating drops; Soto likes trying to induce swings with pitches on the edge of the strike zone.
And lastly, with Detroit specifically; the Tigers have a very good offense in general and it is in top gear right now. Houston has an offense that strikes out a lot anyway; Detroit is as patient as Oakland but also has a ton of power. If you make a mistake with a pitch against Houston it usually won't hurt you; but if you make a mistake against Detroit right now, you can get in trouble.
It is so refreshing to come here and read respectful and thoughtful posts like yours Hiro. I don't disagree with your notion that Yu may make adjustments to go deeper in the games, but I think his stuff is just made to miss bats, rather than pitch to contact. His array of pitches are so deceptive. He seemed so comfortable late in the game. He wasn't laboring and his stuff just seemed to get better. So fun to watch.
You have a great analysis of Daru, which syas enough. Thank you.
Keep trusting Daru, would you?
By the way,
In that geme, HE appeared to have really enjoyed facing Martinez (#5 in batting order of Detroit).
It was fun to watch.
Mark Pryor had the "M" positioning when his plant foot landed , much like CJ Wilson, those guys always hurt their elbow...Kerry Woods had that real bad also....when your plant foot lands, the throwing arm should be in an "L" position, ( pointing straight up....), not straight down,
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Thanks for edifying us with your wisdom, Dr. Revsader. Do you have a degree in sports physiology? Maybe you did your training under Dr. James Andrews? Please.
Yu Darvish is the Franchise. If we were to see him blow out his arm throwing meaningless pitches with a 6 run lead, or if he wears down like so many other aces are, Wash would deserve to be waterboarded. That's what your freakin bullpen is for, and don't give me this "he saved the bullpen" bullcrap--we had plenty of fresh arms that night.
I really hope that the report that said JD sat down and had a little chat with Ron over leaving Darvish in for the 8th is true.
For once I agree with the troll "JD": Yaaawwwn.
I don't give a shit what anybody says. What is the point to be gained from pitching 130 pitches with a 6 run lead.
By the way, am I the only one who thinks Daru seems to have changed his approach to batters recently? In the last two games, he seemed to have been in attempt to go himself deeper into the games, instead of being K machine.Am I the only one who thinks, if so, it is all for the team?
Personally, I hope not. Strikeouts are a pretty big predictor of a pitcher's success, and Darvish has been less successful his last two games. Is it really worth Darvish pitching a couple extra innings per game if he has to sacrifice being effective?
while I don't agree with AdamEaton's conclusion, I have heard that Dr. James Andrews had some quote that based on what he has seen after you go over 120 pitches you're more succeptible to injury. I agree with everyone that says that Yu knows his own body and that he can handle it.
The Dr. James Andrews quote was passed on by Jim Bowden during the pregame on Friday. He made it seem as though it would be more understandable to do in August/September when the playoffs could be on the line. That makes sense from a win/loss standpoint, but the injury risk would be much greater then than it is now which is why I don't see it as that big of a deal. This seems like a pretty silly position for Bowden to take, which may explain why everyone on here seems to hate him so much.
The pitch count shouldn't be a hard and fast rule. I can understand extending Darvish on Thursday and I can understand why people are a bit upset about it. There is evidence that throwing when the arm is tired is more likely to cause an issue, but the arm can basically break at any given point it seems. To me it basically comes down to why have your stud pitcher throw extra pitches in a blow out when you have a RP that isn't going to be on the 25 man come Monday. Use that RP to soak the low leverage innings instead of your ace. In the long run it probably doesn't make a real difference, but it does make for an interesting topic.
I wonder about Darvish's pitch counts in NPB, if he was having to go max effort over there consistently or if there were certain hitters/times that he pulled back a little bit to significantly to help him reach those large numbers of pitches thrown. It just seems like the general level of the hitters is below the level of the MLB hitters, especially in power. Of course I'm not sure anyone other then a scout really has those numbers available.
AdamEaton, you didn't disprove a thing I said with your lame routine. I don't need to be a doctor to know that there are no scientific papers published that say professional pitchers are more prone to arm injury after 100 pitches. Nice try with the logical fallacy though. Darvish hasn't routinely topped that pitch count, so there is no reason to be alarmed. So thanks for being condescending for no reason.
Actually he has topped 100 piches every time he's pitched this year.
It should have been apparent I meant 130 pitches routinely per the original post.
Psst, he pitched alot of games like that in Japan. 130 pitches for someone who is accustomed to pitching that much its no big deal. Heard that in the after game interview with WASH I believe it was.
prone to arm injury after 100 pitches. Nice try with the logical fallacy though. Darvish hasn't routinely topped that pitch count, so there is no reason to be alarmed. So thanks for being condescending for no reason.
you were saying?
Due to tornado, we had to be remain in a plane for about 7 hours. I went to bed at 4:30 a.m. I woke up to find my physical condition …..Worst. Besides, after that trip, everybody in the team were exhausted, so I was in a situation I had to pitch at least to the 7th inning. But when I actually started pitching, it was not too bad and I could pitch till the 8th. I got 4 runs but it was acceptable. As I regard Arlington to be homerun-prone stadium, I can forget it right away even when I got a home run. Well, wow Mr. Cabrera. Miguel. It was almost laughable. I could not help but laugh. In and low, ball, perfectly changed two-seam. I thought foul ball would be the best a hitter could produce to that ball. So I was literally struck. I could not understand what happened. lol. The ball disappeared. lol. It was double-base hit to the left. He is indeed the world number 1. It was 1-4, but I think he beat me. But I was immensely enjoyed! And Victor Martinez! I did not have a chance to pitch against him last year because of his knee injury. But I have long liked him and I was looking forward to pitch against him. The first was ground ball out, but the second! It was like “How many pitches do I have to throw against him?” I threw, he hit a foul ball, I threw, he hit a foul ball… When my and Victor’s eyes met, we smiled at each other! I was very much moved at his attitude, enjoying the match, with a player like me who is only in his second year in a big league. I felt his personality in our interaction of my throwing and his swinging. I want to throw against Tigers every time! I will wind up and do my best the next time, too! Thank you for your rooting!
English translation of a blog post by Yu after his 130 pitch performance.
Darvish has some fun and interesting blog posts; it's been a while since I looked. Thanks for posting the translation.
I had wondered previously about MLB possibly putting pressure on him to not talk about games. If I remember correctly he complained about the officiating (but only a little) after a game last year; I remember thinking the Umpires and MLB would be after him. They certainly seem to jump on tweets and facebook posts pretty damned quick.
Maybe they don't understand anything that doesn't have an American brand-name. "No, Mr. Selig, it's not a "Facebook" or "Twitter" or a "tumblr", it's just a blog; he runs it himself." Or maybe they don't know that you can translate almost any foreign language to mostly-readable English.
Or maybe Bud Selig recently learned *all* of this, and that's why he's retiring; because the world is too fast and complicated.
I read the translation by you or someone (?), and then read Daru's blog post myself for the first time just to see how you have fared. Almost perfect translation. I wonder if you are Japanese as I from Osaka, Japan (because Daru has Osakan dialect even in his blog).
To be fair with others who are not comfortable with Japanese, I'd like to try adding some suggestions to the translation by you, which I hope you are kind enough to allow for. My suggestions, including emoji or picture languages that are present in Daru'blog as is, are in parentheses.
Due to tornado, we had to be remain in a plane for about 7 hours. ( )I went to bed at 4:30 a.m. I woke up to find my physical condition …..Worst. ( )Besides, after that trip, everybody in the team were exhausted, so I was in a situation I had to pitch at least to the 7th inning. But when I actually started pitching, it was (turned out to be) not too bad and I could (could somehow manage myself to) pitch till the 8th. I got 4 runs but it was acceptable (that I should have to say!). As I regard Arlington to be homerun-prone stadium, I can forget it right away even when I got a home run. ( )
Well, wow Mr. Cabrera. Miguel. It was almost laughable. I could not help but laugh. In and low, ball, perfectly changed two-seam. I thought foul ball would be the best a hitter could produce to that ball. So I was literally struck. I could not understand what happened. lol. The ball disappeared. lol. It was double-base hit to the left. ( )
He is indeed the world number 1.(!)
It was 1-4, but I think he beat me. But I was immensely enjoyed! ( )
And Victor Martinez! I did not have a chance to pitch against him last year because of his knee injury. But I have long liked him and I was looking forward to pitch against him. The first was ground ball out, but the second! (the second at-bat…) It was like “How many pitches do I have to throw against him?” I threw, he hit a foul ball, I threw, he hit a foul ball… When my and Victor’s eyes met, we smiled at each other! I was very much moved at his attitude, enjoying the match, with a player like me who is only in his second year in a big league.( )I felt his personality in our interaction of my throwing and his swinging.( )
I want to throw against Tigers every time! (lol)(I think it is a joke)
I will wind up and do my best the next time (outing), too! Thank you for your rooting! Well, as you see, I, due to my lack of computer literacy, failed to list emoji along the content above (If you are really interesting them, will you check on his blog?). There are empty parentheses above where there are supposed to be emoji(es) or picture languages according to his blog post.
Hiro, I actually got it from a Japanese poster on ESPN. He shared it in one of the blogs. I cross referenced it with another translation I found, and I was amazed. The Rangers are fortunate to have such a quality person like Daru.
Good pitching, good management, good fan response! Another great day! Thanks for those YD quotes, Resvader. Another reason why you're a top participant here, and why BBTIA forums are a great example for others to follow. Thanks, Joey, for making it all happen!
Wherever you got it from. Pure passion from you I have felt, in terms of Rangers or baseball.
By the way, your trans was perfect enough.
By the way, you call it first time Daru!
I am very happy hearing the word 'Daru' from you. You are the very first one to sound me such the name, but in the US it should be Yu.
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