Debut Battle: C.J. Wilson vs. Yu Darvish

We have two A.L. West pitchers making debuts with their new teams today. In Arlington, it’s the Japanese sensation, Yu Darvish, making his first official start in America (against Ichiro’s Seattle Mariners, no less). And the Angels will throw their big off-season acquisition C.J. Wilson against the Twins.

So, who will do it better today?

I feel that this is an even playing field seeing that both are facing bad offenses. Although, Darvish does have the benefit of playing in front of a home crowd.

My gut is telling me Wilson will have a better game. Partially because he put up stellar numbers last year as a member of the Rangers in the regular season. He has a really electric fastball from the left side and can break you off, too.

Darvish has a full arsenal of pitches at his disposable as well, but he’s unproven outside of Japan. He got hit hard by a couple Padres in Spring Training, which is never a good sign. Still, I’m expecting a quality start out of Darvish.

I just think Wilson will put up a GREAT start today. My predictions are as follows:

Wilson (LA): 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 1 BB

Darvish (TEX): 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 2 BB

Both teams will win. But in the battle of newly-inked aces, Wilson gets the nod today!


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