Two of the best pitchers in the MLB will square off tonight as Yu Darivsh and the Texas Rangers take the field against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers in a pitching duel that fans have been dying see to since it was announced that the two standouts would be meeting face to face.
This is likely the biggest and most anticipated pitching battle in Arlington since 1989 when Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan squared off against one another in a Lone Star Showdown.
Verlander has led the American League in strikeouts three of the last four seasons, but this year, though it’s early, Darvish is looking to steal that crown away. While Darvish currently leads the league in K’s with 80, the veteran Verlander has the edge over the young pitcher in their respective ERAs, 1.93 to 2.73.
Tonight’s game will be huge for Darvish, who is settling into just his second season in the Major Leagues as he takes the mound against the one of baseball’s most consistent pitchers over the last several years. In order to be the best, you have to beat the best, and Darvish will get his chance tonight.
Both Darvish and Verlander are early favorites to win the Cy Young Award this year, which would be Darvish’s first and Verlander’s second, and tonight’s outcome could provide one of the pitchers with an early leg-up in the competition.
Sure, it’s still early in the season and there’s lots of baseball left to be played, but pitching battles like this don’t come along every day; when they do, fans should take notice.