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Yu Darvish Throws Near-Perfect Game vs. Houston Astros; MLB Pitching Domination

Yu Darvish

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In his first start of the 2013 season, Yu Darvish was one out away from his first career perfect game as the Texas Rangers defeated the Houston Astros 7-0. Darvish was fantastic in his 8.2  innings of almost perfect pitched baseball tonight. Striking out 14 Astro batters, the 26-year-old hurler showed his ace form for the Rangers tonight.

The Rangers high-powered offense provided plenty of run support  for Darvish, including two Elvis Andrus triples. Although the Rangers’ 7-run offensive outburst was a sight to see, nothing quite compared to Darvish’s amazing night.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez grounded a single past Darvish into centerfield, and ruined this year’s first perfect game bid.

Although Darvish’s start is obviously the best of the young 2013 season, he isn’t the only pitcher to put up goose egg after goose egg this year. Through the first three day’s of the 2013 MLB season there has been a clear trend of pitching excellence. While it may have to due with the colder temperatures and batters still not in mid-season form, it sure makes you wonder if we are in for another season full of no-hitters and perfect games.

I for one don’t mind seeing pitching somewhat taking over the MLB. Some may think it is boring and rather watch a slug fest, but I view it differently. Darvish and many others have already given us baseball fanatics stellar pitching outings that have stolen the early season headlines. In my mind, nothing beats watching a guy go out and battle his rear end off for 7, 8 or even 9 innings of work.

As the 2013 season moves forward, I expect more and more great pitching outings from the league’s top arms. It’s always tough to say just how many no-hitters and perfect games we will see, but my guess would be at least three or four. Darvish set the standard with tonight’s performance, and I can’t wait to see if the Justin Verlander‘s and David Price‘s of the league can top him.

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