Yu Darvish

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  • 6' 5" /220
  • Age: 32

Yu Darvish Postseason Career Stats

6 2-4 5.81 26.1 25 1.18

Yu Darvish 2018 Stats

8 1-3 4.95 40.0 49 1.43

Yu Darvish MLB Career Stats

139 57-45 3.49 872.1 1070 1.19

Yu Darvish Bio

  • Full Name: Yu Darvish
  • Nickname: Yu-San
  • Born: 8/16/1986 in Osaka, Japan
  • High School: Tohoku, Sendai
  • Debut: 4/9/2012
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Postseason Career Stats 2 4 5.81 6 6 0 26.1 25 1.18
2018 Stats 1 3 4.95 8 8 0 40.0 49 1.43
MLB Career Stats 57 45 3.49 139 139 0 872.1 1070 1.19
  • Status: Disabled 60-Day

Yu Darvish 2018 Splits

Last 7 Games 1 3 4.29 7 7 0 35.2 31 17 19 45 1.40
Last 15 Games 1 3 4.95 8 8 0 40.0 36 22 21 49 1.43
Last 30 Games - - --- - - - --- - - - - ---
Last 7 Games 1 3 4.29 7 7 0 35.2 31 17 19 45 1.40
Last 15 Games 1 3 4.95 8 8 0 40.0 36 22 21 49 1.43
Last 30 Games - - --- - - - --- - - - - ---
Last 3 Games W L SV IP H ER BB SO
5/2 vs COL 0 1 0 4.1 7 5 3 8
5/15 @ ATL 0 0 0 4.0 3 1 2 5
5/20 @ CIN 1 0 0 6.0 2 1 3 7
Last 3 Games W L SV IP H ER BB SO
5/2 vs COL 0 1 0 4.1 7 5 3 8
5/15 @ ATL 0 0 0 4.0 3 1 2 5
5/20 @ CIN 1 0 0 6.0 2 1 3 7
2018 Games by Position: SP (8)

Yu Darvish Four-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2018 Cubs NL 275 Four-seam FB 94.1 2,542 88.6
MLB Avg - - - Four-seam FB 93.2 2,263 88.4
Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2018 Cubs NL 275 Four-seam FB 94.1 2,542 88.6
MLB Avg - - - Four-seam FB 93.2 2,263 88.4


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Yu Darvish Stats

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Yu Darvish Advanced Stats

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Yu Darvish Zone Charts

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Yu Darvish Awards

AL All-Star

Year Team League
2012 Texas AL
2013 Texas AL
2014 Texas AL
2017 Texas AL

AL Rookie of the Month

Month Team League
04/2012 Texas AL

Baseball America Major League All-Rookie Team

Year Team League
2012 Texas AL

Yu Darvish Leaderboards

Earned Run Average

Season ERA Rank
2012 3.90 19th in AL
2013 2.83 4th in AL


Season W Rank
2012 16 6th in AL
2013 13 15th in AL

Winning Percentage

Season WPCT Rank
2012 .640 7th in AL
2013 .591 12th in AL


Season SO Rank
2012 221 5th in AL
2013 277 1st in AL
2014 182 10th in AL
2017 148 21st in AL


Season WHIP Rank
2012 1.28 21st in AL
2013 1.07 4th in AL

Batting Average Against

Season AVG Rank
2012 .220 3rd in AL
2013 .194 1st in AL

Games Started

Season GS Rank
2013 32 12th in AL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
2014 2 6th in AL


Season SHO Rank
2014 1 5th in AL

Innings Pitched

Season IP Rank
2012 191.1 16th in AL
2013 209.2 13th in AL

Strikeouts per Nine Innings

Season K/9 Rank
2012 10.40 2nd in AL
2013 11.89 1st in AL

Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Season K/BB Rank
2012 2.48 20th in AL
2013 3.46 11th in AL

Bases on Balls

Season BB Rank
2012 89 4th in AL
2013 80 3rd in AL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2013 26 8th in AL

Yu Darvish Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
August 19, 2018 Chicago Cubs sent RHP Yu Darvish on a rehab assignment to South Bend Cubs.
August 10, 2018 Chicago Cubs transferred RHP Yu Darvish from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Right triceps tendonitis.
June 25, 2018 Chicago Cubs sent RHP Yu Darvish on a rehab assignment to South Bend Cubs.
May 26, 2018 Chicago Cubs placed RHP Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to May 23, 2018. Right triceps tendinitis.
May 15, 2018 Chicago Cubs activated RHP Yu Darvish from the 10-day disabled list.
May 7, 2018 Chicago Cubs placed RHP Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to May 5, 2018. Parainfluenza virus
February 13, 2018 Chicago Cubs signed free agent RHP Yu Darvish.
November 2, 2017 RHP Yu Darvish elected free agency.
August 27, 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers activated RHP Yu Darvish from the 10-day disabled list.
August 19, 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers placed RHP Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to August 17, 2017. Lower back tightness.
August 2, 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers activated RHP Yu Darvish.
July 31, 2017 Texas Rangers traded RHP Yu Darvish to Los Angeles Dodgers for 2B Willie Calhoun, RHP A.J. Alexy and SS Brendon Davis.
July 16, 2016 Texas Rangers activated RHP Yu Darvish from the 15-day disabled list.
July 4, 2016 Texas Rangers sent RHP Yu Darvish on a rehab assignment to Frisco RoughRiders.
June 13, 2016 Texas Rangers placed RHP Yu Darvish on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 9, 2016. Right shoulder discomfort.
May 28, 2016 Texas Rangers activated RHP Yu Darvish from the 15-day disabled list.
May 16, 2016 Texas Rangers sent RHP Yu Darvish on a rehab assignment to Frisco RoughRiders.
May 6, 2016 Texas Rangers sent RHP Yu Darvish on a rehab assignment to Round Rock Express.
May 1, 2016 Texas Rangers sent RHP Yu Darvish on a rehab assignment to Frisco RoughRiders.
April 3, 2016 Texas Rangers placed RHP Yu Darvish on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 25, 2016.
November 6, 2015 Texas Rangers activated RHP Yu Darvish from the 60-day disabled list.
April 5, 2015 Texas Rangers placed RHP Yu Darvish on the 60-day disabled list. Recovering from March 2015 Tommy John surgery
November 3, 2014 Texas Rangers activated RHP Yu Darvish from the 60-day disabled list.
September 7, 2014 Texas Rangers transferred RHP Yu Darvish from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
August 13, 2014 Texas Rangers placed RHP Yu Darvish on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 10, 2014. Right elbow inflammation.
April 6, 2014 Texas Rangers activated RHP Yu Darvish from the 15-day disabled list.
March 30, 2014 Texas Rangers placed RHP Yu Darvish on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, 2014. Neck stiffness
July 22, 2013 Texas Rangers activated RHP Yu Darvish from the 15-day disabled list.
July 11, 2013 Texas Rangers placed RHP Yu Darvish on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7, 2013. Right shoulder strain.
January 18, 2012 Texas Rangers signed free agent RHP Yu Darvish.

Yu Darvish Bio Info

Attended Tohoku High School in northern Sendai, a school which also produced major league pitchers Kazuhiro Sasaki and Takashi Saito…had a 1.10 ERA in his high school career, and pitched a no-hitter against Kumamoto Technical High School in the first round of the National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament on March 26, 2004…was drafted by the Fighters in the first round on November 17, 2004 and signed on December 17…the Space 11 Darvish Museum, which contains over 100 items related to Darvish as well as interactive displays, opened in Kobe, Japan in November 2013.


Yu made 31 starts between the Rangers and Dodgers, his most games started since a career-high 32 games in 2013 ... went a combined 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA (80 ER/186.2 IP) and 209 strikeouts, his third season with at least 200 strikeouts... Limited righties to a .194 average, the seventh-lowest mark in the majors ... overall held opponents to a .228 average, the 13th-best mark in the majors... Acquired by the Dodgers at the July 31 trade deadline in a four-player trade with the Texas Rangers … went 4-3 in nine starts with Los Angeles, posting a 3.44 ERA (19 ER/49.2 IP) and struck out 61 batters against 13 walks … held hitters to a .235 average and posted a 1.15 WHIP... Went 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA (1 ER/19.1 IP) in his final three regular season starts, striking out 21 batters against just one walk... Notched his 1,000th-career strikeout, September 8 vs. Colorado ... became the fastest pitcher to reach the mark both in terms of games (128) and innings pitched (812.0 IP). © In 15 starts on the road, he went 6-4 with a 2.44 ERA (25 ER/92.1 IP) and struck out 105 batters against just 28 walks... In 22 starts with the Rangers, he went 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA (61 ER/137.0 IP) and limited the opposition to a .225 average, while punching out 148 batters against 45 walks... Selected to the A.L. All-Star team for the fourth time in his career, most by a pitcher in Rangers history ... was not eligible to pitch in the game since he started Texas' game on the Sunday prior to the All-Star break... Went 2-2 with a 6.14 ERA (10 ER/14.2 IP) in four postseason starts ... was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA (2 ER/11.1 IP) in his first two postseason outings, including collecting the win in NLCS Game Three at Wrigley Field (6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) ... however, he allowed eight earned runs in 3.1 IP in two World Series starts.


Darvish returned to the mound for the first time since 2014, but was limited to 17 starts due to a pair of disabled list stints as he returned from 'Tommy John' surgery on 3/17/14… finished 7-5, 3.41 (38 ER/100.1 IP) in 17 starts with Texas, posting a 1.116 WHIP along with 31 BB/132 SO…averaged 11.8 SO/9, and his 4.25 SO/BB ratio was easily the best in any season in his career…produced 3 of his 4 highest game scores (baseball-reference.com) in September…among pitchers with at least 50.0 innings after the All-Star break, Darvish's 12.01 SO/9 (113 SO/84.2 IP) ranked 2nd in MLB to only ARI's Robbie Ray (12.04). SUMMAR


Despite making just 22 starts and missing the last 7 weeks of the season due to right elbow inflammation, Darvish was selected Rangers Pitcher of the Year for a 2nd straight season...led the team in strikeouts (182, 10th in A.L.) and quality starts (14), and tied for club lead in wins (10) in his 3rd MLB season...also ranked among team leaders in complete games (T1st, 2), innings (2nd, 144.1), and starts (T3rd)...opponents batted career-high .241 (133-551), but hit just .180 (24-133) with RISP, 2nd-lowest in A.L. and 3rd in MLB (CIN's Johnny Cueto-.161, BAL's Bud Norris-.173) among pitchers with 145+ BF.


Was the Rangers Pitcher of the Year…led the majors with 277 strikeouts, the highest total in the American League since 2000, and 11.89 strikeouts per 9.0 innings…allowed the A.L.'s lowest opponents batting average (.194) and fewest hits per 9.0 innings (6.22), ranked 3rd among league qualifiers in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings (10.00) and was 4th in earned run average (2.83), 6th lowest in team history, and WHIP (1.07)…also led the Rangers in wins (13) and finished 2nd in innings (204.0) and starts (31)...Opened the season by going 7-1, 2.97 (20 ER/60.2 IP) in his first 9 starts through May 16…was the Rangers April Player of the Month at 5-1, 2.33 over 6 starts while tying the club record for wins in that month…went 5-0, 3.07 (14 ER/41.0 IP) over 6 games from April 19-May 16, the longest winning streak of his career. Posted a 1-3 record and 3.07 ERA (20 ER/58.2 IP) over his next 9 starts from May 21-July 6 with lone victory in that span coming on June 30 vs. CIN…was on DL for next 15 days (see next page) but returned to go 4-1, 1.31 (5 ER/34.1 IP) over 5 outings from July 22-Aug. 12…went 0-4, 3.38 (15 ER/40.0 IP) over his next 6 starts, his longest ML losing streak, before winning on Sept. 19 at TB…was 1-0, 3.38 (6 ER/16.0 IP) over last 3 starts, pitching less than 6.0 innings in all 3 games…overall, was 5-5, 2.59 in 14 starts after the All-Star break... Pitched at least 6.0 no-hit innings 3 times, matching the Mets' Matt Harvey for the most in the majors…retired the first 26 batters in season debut on April 2 at HOU before Marwin Gonzalez's single…fanned 14 in his 8.2 innings before Michael Kirkman recorded final out…was the first Ranger to ever lose a no-hitter as late as 8.2 innings, first in the majors to do so since Detroit's Armando Galarraga on June 2, 2010 vs. CLE…San Francisco's Yusmeiro Petit (Sept. 6 vs. ARI) and St. Louis' Michael Wacha (Sept. 24 vs. WSH) also lost no hitters with 2 outs in the 9th in 2013...Tossed 5.2 perfect innings and 7.1 no-hit innings with 15 strikeouts on Aug. 12 at HOU, settling for a combined one-hitter w/ Joe Nathan (1.0 IP)…only hit was solo HR to Carlos Corporan w/ one out in 8th…is only ML pitcher since 1900 to win 2 games in a career (April 2 at HOU & Aug. 12 at HOU) w/ 14+ K's, one-or-zero hits, and one-or-zero BB…is also first pitcher in expansion era (since 1961) with multiple no-hit bids of 7+ IP against same team in a season…the only other pitcher since 1900 to have a 15-strikeout game with a home run as only hit allowed was Boston's Pedro Martinez on 9/10/99 at NYY…the last Texas pitcher to have 2 no-hitters broken up in 8th-or-later in same season was Ryan in 1989 with 5 (Elias Sports Bureau).

2012 Went 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA (83 ER/191.1 IP) in 29 games/ starts with Texas in his major league debut...led all ML first-year pitchers with 221 strikeouts and 191.1 innings while ranking T1st in wins...set club records for wins and strikeouts by a rookie...overall, had the A.L.'s 3rd-lowest opponents' batting average (.220), 2ndbest strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio (10.4), and also ranked among the league leaders in strikeouts (5th), walks (4th, 89), wins (T6th), and winning percentage (7th, .640)...on the Rangers' staff, was first in strikeouts and opponents' batting average and 2nd in earned run average (3.90), wins, starts (29), and innings...joined Cleveland's Herb Score in 1955 as the only rookies in A.L. history with at least 16 wins and 210 strikeouts in a season, just the 5th such rookie in the modern era (since1900)...ALL-STAR: Was selected to the A.L. All-Star team by virtue of winning the final man voting with over 7.3 million votes...did not pitch in the July 10 game at KC...was the 9th Japanese player selected to the All-Star Game and 2nd starting pitcher, joining the Dodgers' Hideo Nomo, who was also selected as a rookie in 1995. WINS: Tied Arizona's Wade Miley for tops among ML rookies with 16 victories, matching the Yankees' Ivan Nova (16 in 2011) for the most by an A.L. rookie since Detroit's Justin Verlander had 17 in 2006...joined Miley as just the 7th and 8th rookies with 16+ wins since 1990...was the first season with more than one ML rookie with 16+ wins since 1984 (Dwight Gooden and Mark Langston-17 each)...previous club record for wins by a rookie was 12 on 3 occasions, last by Chris Young in 2005...was the 5th time a native of Japan (first rookie) has recorded as many as 16 victories in a season: 18 by Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2008, and 16 for Nomo in 1996, 2002, and 2003...earned 16 victories in his first 28 ML starts, best ever for a Ranger...was 10-2, 3.88 in 14 starts at Rangers Ballpark, tying for 3rd in the A.L. in home victories, the most by a Ranger since C.J. Wilson (11) in 2010...won all 3 starts against A.L.-champion Detroit, the first rookie with as many as 3 wins vs. the Tigers since Seattle's Freddy Garcia and Toronto's Roy Halladay were both 3-0 in 1999...won both starts against the National League...had 10 wins at All-Star break, 2 more than any other rookie in club history...STRIKEOUTS: Fanned 221 batters, matching the 5th-highest total in club history and most since 1990 (Nolan Ryan-232; Bobby Witt-221)...previous team rookie mark was 189 by Edwin Correa in 1986...tied the 7th-most for a ML rookie since 1900, the most since the Cubs' Kerry Wood (233) in 1998...are the 2nd-most ever for an A.L. rookie behind Herb Score (245) in 1955...recorded his 200th strikeout in his 27th game on Sept. 14 vs. SEA, tying the 4th-fewest outings since 1918 for a pitcher to reach 200 career K's: 23-Nomo and Wood; 25-Dwight Gooden; 27-Mark Prior...had his 100th career strikeout in 15th game on June 26 vs. DET, fewest contests ever for a Ranger...had 2 streaks of exactly 5 straight starts of 7+ strikeouts (April 24-May 16; Aug. 1-28), first pitcher in Rangers history with multiple 5-game streaks in one season...no Ranger had posted 7+ K's in 5 straight since 1990 (Ryan and Witt)...Recorded 10-or-more strikeouts 8 times, the most in the majors in 2012 and matching Nolan Ryan in 1990 for the 2nd-most in club history behind Ryan's 18 in 1989...also ranked 2nd in the majors...with 12 games of 9+ K's and 15 games of 8+ K's (tied with Mets' R.A. Dickey), trailing only Detroit's Max Scherzer in both categories...was 3rd ML pitcher since 1918 with at least 8 games of 10+ K's in first 24 career games (Nomo/Gooden-10 each)...fanned high of 11 batters 4 times: May 6 at CLE, June 15 at HOU, July 1 vs. OAK and July 21 at LAA...registered at least one strikeout in 14 consecutive innings pitched, June 20-July 1, the longest streak by a Ranger since Ugueth Urbina (14, June 18-July 9, 2003) and the longest by a ML rookie since Atlanta's Brandon Beachy (16, Sept. 7-24, 2011)...recorded 111 strikeouts in Arlington, 2nd-highest single-season figure ever by a pitcher at Rangers Ballpark (Aaron Sele-115 in 1999)...his 110 K's on the road were 5th-most in Rangers history...INNINGS AND RUNS: His 191.1 innings were the 3rd-most ever by a Ranger rookie behind Mike Smithson (223.1 in 1983) and Edwin Correa (202.1 in 1986)...worked 7.0-or-more innings 13 times with a high of 8.1 frames on April 24 vs. NYY...pitched 7.0+ innings in final 6 and 11 of last 16 outings...issued 2-or-fewer runs 11 times with shutout performances on April 24 vs. NYY (8.1 IP) and Aug. 28 vs. TB (7.0 IP). 2011 Went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA (37 ER/232.0 IP) for Hokkaido in his final season in Japan...the 1.44 ERA was the lowest of his career, as he also posted career highs in wins (18), strikeouts (276), innings (232.0), starts (28), and shutouts (6)...matched career low with 5 HR allowed (also 2010)...led NPB in strikeouts, innings, opponents average (.190), shutouts (tied), home runs per 9 innings (0.19), opponents OBP (.229), and opponents slugging (.241)...the opponents OBP and slugging figures were career lows...ranked among circuit leaders in ERA (2nd), complete games (2nd), strikeout/walk ratio (3rd, 7.67), and wins (T3rd)... tossed at least 7.0 innings in every outing last season, with his lone outing of more than 3 runs coming in his first start...his career-low run support average of 3.10 runs per 9 innings ranked 23rd out of NPB's 33 qualifying pitchers...received one or zero runs of support in 4 of his 6 defeats. 2010 Went 12-8 with a 1.78 ERA (40 ER/202.0 IP) in 26 games/25 starts...his 5 HR allowed matched a career low (also 2011)...the 8 losses were a career high, as he received 2-runs-orless of support in 7 of those 8 defeats...opponents batted .216 (158-733)...led all NPB pitchers in ERA for a 2nd straight year, and also had most strikeouts (222) and complete games (10)...had circuit's lowest average of HR per 9 innings (0.22) and opponents slugging pct. (.273)...ranked among NPB leaders in opponents average (2nd), strikeouts per 9 innings (2nd, 9.89), opponents OBP (3rd, .268), SO/BB ratio (3rd, 4.72), and quality starts (T3rd, 21)... posted 12 consecutive quality starts from April 24-July 17, went 6- 4 with a 1.14 ERA (12 ER/95.0 IP)...Hokkaido finished 4th in the PL and did not make the postseason. 2009 Was named Pacific League MVP, his 2nd such honor (also 2007), becoming just the 10th pitcher in the history of Japanese professional baseball to win multiple MVP awards...was also named to PL Best Nine...went 15- 5, 1.73 (35 ER/182.0 IP) in 23 games/starts, with the ERA being 2nd-lowest figure of his career...opponents batted .186 (118-635), best in NPB...also had circuit's lowest opponents OBP (.246) and slugging (.263) figures...his 0.45 home runs per 9 innings was best among qualifiers...also ranked among NPB leaders in ERA (2nd), wins (T4th), strikeouts (5th, 167), and quality starts (T6th, 20)...allowed more than 3 runs just twice: July 8 at Saitama (4) and Aug. 21 at Fukuoka (6)...in the latter contest, he matched a career high by allowing 2 home runs, also the last time he permitted multiple home runs in a NPB contest...named PL Monthly MVP in May after going 4-0, 0.90 (4 ER/40.0 IP) in 5 starts...allowed career-high 19 steals...his only postseason outing was a win in Japan Series Game 2 on Nov. 1 vs. Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 RER), but his club would lose the series 4-games-to-2...Hokkaido won the Pacific League, giving them a first-round bye, and Darvish did not pitch in the "season stage" against Tohoku...WBC: Went 2-1, 2.08 (3 ER/13.0 IP) in 5 games/2 starts for Japan in the World Baseball Classic...opponents batted .156 (7-45) with no extra-base hits, 6 walks, and 20 strikeouts...started the Pool A opener on March 5 vs. China at Tokyo Dome, a 4-0 win (4.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 SO)...pitched scoreless relief inning (no decision) of 1-0 loss on March 9 vs. South Korea, but his club still advanced...took loss in start on March 17 vs. South Korea (5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R-2 ER), a 4-1 defeat at PETCO Park, his only Round 2 appearance...was on the mound to finish Japan wins in both the semifinals and finals on March 22-23 at Dodger Stadium...retired Derek Jeter (groundout), David Wright (K swinging), and Adam Dunn (K looking) in the 9th inning to complete a 9-4 win over the U.S. in the semis...in finals, once again vs. South Korea, gave up game-tying single in the 9th, but tossed a scoreless bottom of the 10th to earn the 5-3 win after Ichiro Suzuki's 2-run single in the top half of the frame. 2008 Went 16-4, 1.88 (42 ER/200.2 IP) in 25 games/24 starts, the 2ndhighest win total of his career...was named the PL Monthly MVP 3 times: March (1-0, 18.0 scoreless innings), April (4-0, 1.54), and September (5-0, 1.29)...won a Pacific League Golden Glove Award for a second straight year...opposition hit .195 (136-696) with a .252 OBP, both lowest in NPB...ranked among leaders in ERA (2nd), strikeouts (2nd, 208), opponents SLG (2nd, .283), wins (3rd), SO/BB ratio (4th, 4.73), quality starts (T4th w/ Colby Lewis, 21), and HR per 9 (6th, 0.49)...allowed more than 3 runs just 3 times all year...his ERA climbed above 2.00 just twice all season...won 5 straight starts both June 17-July 17 and Sept. 2-29...won both postseason starts, both complete game efforts in which he did not permit an earned run (18.0 IP)...won in first round Game 1 at Orix, a 4-1 victory as Hokkaido won that series 2-games-to-none...also won second round Game 2 at Saitama 5-0, but his club would lose the series 3-games-to-2...took a leave to represent Japan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, going 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA (4 ER/7.0 IP) and 10 strikeouts in 3 games/one start...pitched in relief twice against a U.S. squad that included former Ranger Taylor Teagarden, including in the bronze medal game that Japan lost. 2007 Won his lone career Eiji Sawamura Award, which honors the top starting pitcher in NPB, and was named Pacific League MVP... named to PL's Best Nine, won a Golden Glove Award, and was named an All-Star, all of which were career firsts...went 15-5, 1.82 (42 ER/207.2 IP) in 26 games/starts in what was his first career 200-strikeout season...opponents batted career-low .174 (123-706) as he posted career-best 12 complete games, both the top figures in NPB...also led all pitchers with 210 K's, .241 opponents OBP, and .246 SLG against...his 26 starts and 207.2 innings rank as 2nd-most of his career...ranked among NPB leaders in HR/9 (2nd, 0.39), innings (3rd), wins (T4th), and quality starts (T5th, 20)...beginning July 6, went 9-1, 1.16 (12 ER/93.0 IP) over his final 12 starts...was named PL Monthly MVP in August (5-0, 1.35)... Hokkaido repeated as PL champions in manager Trey Hillman's final season, and received a bye...club then beat Bobby Valentine's Chiba Lotte Marines in the second round, 3-games-to-2, with Darvish winning starts in Games 1 (CG, 9.0 IP, 2 R-ER) and 5 (6.2 IP, 1 R-ER)...he earned the club's lone win in a Japan Series rematch vs. Chunichi, going the distance in Game 1 at Sapporo Dome in a 3-1 victory (9.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 3 BB, 13 SO)...he took the 1-0 loss in decisive Game 5 (7.0 IP), a contest in which Nippon Ham was blanked on a combined perfect game...would pitch for a Japan team that won Gold Medal at the Asian Baseball Championship in Taiwan in December. 2006 Went 12-5 with a 2.89 ERA (48 ER/149.2 IP) in 25 games/24 starts in his first full season with Hokkaido, as club won its first Japan Series title since 1961...he posted the 6th-best ERA in the PL, 2nd on his club behind Tomoya Yagi (2.48)...his 12 wins tied Yagi for the team lead and ranked T5th in the PL...opponents hit .237...he was 5-1, 1.03 (7 ER/61.1 IP) in 9 games/8 starts at Sapporo Dome...allowed a career-high 12 HR for the season...lost 5 of his first 7 decisions...beginning May 18, went 11-1, 2.34 (28 ER/107.2 IP) over his final 18 games/17 starts...made 3 starts in the postseason, going 2-1, 2.01 (5 ER/22.1 IP)...started club's first postseason game, which came in second round due to bye for the PL champions...earned 3-1 win vs. Fukuoka at Sapporo Dome on Oct. 11 (CG, 9.0 IP, 7 H, 1 RER) and Hokkaido would win both games to take the series...took loss in Game 1 of Japan Series at Chunichi, giving up a 2-0 lead in that contest (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R-ER) in a 4-2 defeat...was brought back 5 days later for Game 5 at Sapporo Dome, earning the 4-1 win to clinch the title for Hokkaido...with his victory in that series' Game 5, he became just the 5th pitcher in NPB history to win a Japan Series game prior to turning 21 years old...was the Asian Series MVP in Hokkaido's win over Taiwan's La New Bears following the Japan Series. 2005 Made his NPB debut at the age of 18 on June 15 vs. Hiroshima at Sapporo Dome (W, 8.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R-ER)...gave up back-to-back solo HR in the 9th, but became the 12th pitcher in NPB history to earn a win in a pro debut as a rookie straight out of high school...pitched his first complete game in a 3-0 loss on Aug. 6 vs. Seibu at Sapporo...posted first career shutout in penultimate regular season start at Sapporo on Sept. 18 vs. Tohoku (9.0 IP, 2 H), becoming only the 14th pitcher in NPB history to throw a complete game shutout as a rookie out of high school.