By Tyler Ruby on July 6, 2014
Ever since Yu Darvish entered the MLB landscape, he has become must-see television every time he toes the rubber. Darvish is a magician on the mound, and he has the potential to strike out 15 batters each start. He is an international sensation, and he is in the midst of his best season of his short, but successful MLB career. He deserves to start the MLB All-Star Game, and here are five reasons why.
Yu Darvish ranks fifth in the AL amongst starters with a 2.63 ERA. It should be a few notches lower, but a rough start against the New York Mets inflated it a bit. Nevertheless, it's his lowest ERA in his three seasons with the Texas Rangers, and he has proven that he deserves the opportunity to showcase his abilities during the All-Star Game.
I think it's pretty clear that Yu Darvish has the "Wow" factor. He has the potential to do something special every time he steps on the mound, and in a way, isn't that what we want to see in the Midsummer Classic as fans? Now that the game actually counts for something, Darvish not only gives the AL the best chance to win, but he can do it in dominant fashion.
Pedro Martinez's pitching performance in the 1999 All-Star Game where he struck out five of the first six batters is one of the most memorable moments in All-Star history. Given the same opportunity, Darvish has a real possibility of striking out all six batters. His pitches are just that filthy. He's averaging more than 200 strikeouts per season, so why not give him a chance to make history?
MLB is an international league, and it would be best for ratings and the game to see Yu Darvish start. Not only will Darvish drive ratings in America for what he can potentially do as a pitcher, but the ratings in Japan will be through the roof. That's just something MLB can't turn down.
Yu Darvish has been elected to the All-Star Game in all three of his major league seasons. In 2012, he wasn't used at all. In 2013, an injury forced a replacement. I can't think of a better way for him to pitch in his first All-Star Game than as the starter. He has been one of the most dominant pitchers in MLB since he arrived from Japan. Give the man his opportunity.
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