The biggest Japanese sensation last season was Yu Darvish, who got a massive contract from the Texas Rangers. Darvish will enter his second MLB season in 2013 and hitters around the American League have to be begin worrying right now. It could turn into a Cy Young season for the 26-year-old and one where Darvish could win over 20 games.
Darvish went 16-9 last season with a 3.90 ERA. Those numbers are going to go down this season without any doubt in my mind because Darvish is a much-better pitcher than that. While the American League West power has shifted some, Darvish is going to see one major advantage happen with the Houston Astros coming in. He should find a way to win another game or two just because of that and with a year under his belt, Darvish knows the hitters even better now. I really believe that he finishes with 20 wins in 2013 and an ERA around 2.50.
Darvish has given up just one run in nearly nine innings of spring training so far this season while striking out ten. It may only be spring training, but those are some scary numbers to see. Texas doesn’t have the same offense that it did last season with Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli now out of town, but that shouldn’t change what Darvish does. This is going to be a special season for him in Texas and one that fans should have seen coming with how great he was in Japan. We are going to probably see Darvish on Opening Night in Houston which should be a win right off the bat to start a great sophomore season.