Keeping Score: Japanese Star Has Carried Heavy Workload
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jan 23, 2014
The most recent example is another Japanese pitcher, Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers. The problem with judging pitch counts is that while most evaluators will agree that an enormous amount of pitches can be dangerous , there are outliers who have had sustained success despite a heavy workload. In terms of pitches per start over the last five seasons, he narrowly beats Justin Verlander, the major league leader in that time span, 113.5 to 112.9, according to the website NPB Tracker.