ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 26: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Detroit Tigers on June 26, 2012 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
Imagine stepping into the batter's box against Yu Darvish for the first time. It isn't a fun thing to think about, not with his vast array of pitches and incredible movement when he's on his game.
The numbers speak for themselves. When Darvish faces a team for the first time this season, he's 8-1 with a nice, crisp 2.51 ERA. He's second in the American League in strikeouts per nine innings, fourth in total strikeouts and is going for his 12th win of the season — the same number his counterpart for the White Sox, Chris Sale is going for.
And the White Sox have a ton to deal with in Darvish, and vice versa.
The White Sox swept the Rangers earlier this month in Chicago (the only time the Rangers have been swept this season) when they were playing some really good baseball and were red hot.
About the only team that seems to have Darvish's number in his rookie season has been the Seattle Mariners, and Darvish will hope to keep that list to one after tonight's game.