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12-25-2013, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by I Eat Crow View Post
So how big of an impact can Tanaka make? Would expecting 12-14 wins be too much in the MLB? Darvish looked like the better pitcher coming out of Japan than Tanaka, despite Tanaka posting better numbers.
Tanaka only posted better numbers than Darvish if you think pitcher win-loss records have something to do with performance rather than run support.

Darvish's last season in Japan (age24):
1.44 ERA 232.0 Innings 276 Ks 0.828 WHIP

Tanaka last season (age 24):
1.27 ERA 212.0 Innings 183 Ks 0.943 WHIP

I'm still surprised the bidding for Darvish didn't go that much higher than Matsuzaka. Darvish was hyped as an otherworldly pitcher before coming over, and he has backed up that hype. He's one of the five to ten most valuable pitchers in baseball. Nobody's projecting Tanaka to be quite on that level. Not even everyone is sold on him as a frontline starter. Supposedly the Red Sox view him as a number three starter at best.

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