Yu Darvish to make his MLB debut today
Yu Darvish will make his Major League Baseball debut Monday Night, as the Texas Rangers take on the Seattle Mariners. Darvish will oppose Hector Noesi, who makes his first appearance for the Mariners since being traded from the New York Yankees.
Darvish was the most- coveted Japanese player this off-season. The Texas Rangers posted a $51.7 million posting fee just to negotiate a contract with the right-hander. Darvish and the Rangers agreed on six-year deal worth $60 million.
According to CBC Sports, Darvish struck out 21 batters in 15 innings in spring training. In his last start against the Colorado Rockies, Darvish went six innings, striking out 11 batters.
Darvish was a two-time MVP while playing in Japan’s Pacific League. Over seven seasons he went 93-38, with a 1.99 ERA and 1,259 career strikeouts.
Hector Noesi was involved in the trade that sent Michael Pineda to the Yankees and Jesus Montero the Mariners. According to ESPN, Noesi went 2-2, with a 4.47 ERA for the Yankees in 30 games, making two starts.
Noesi will look to spoil Darvish’s debut and lead the Mariners to their fourth win of the season. The Mariners did lose 15 of the 19 match-ups last season. The Mariners haven’t opened up a season with four wins in five games since the 2001 season. In that season they went 116-46.