Where’s Harry Doyle when you need him?Â The Mets (39-43) look not to lose against the Mighty Dodgers (53-30).Â Standing in their way is (RHP) Hiroki Kuroda.Â Here’s the skinny on Kuroda (3-4 3.91 ERA 1.01 WHIP)…
Full Name: Â Hiroki Kuroda
Born: Â February 10,1975 Â inÂ Osaka, Japan
Height: Â 6-2Â Â Weight: Â 174Â Â Bats: Â RightÂ Â Throws: Â Right
High School: Â Uenomiya (Osaka,JP)
College: Â None
Lifetime (12-14 3.77 ERA 1.18 WHIP)
Â Per MLB.com,
With the big media turnout for Manny Ramirez’s return, Hiroki Kuroda pitched five innings like it was the postseason. He couldn’t make it out of the sixth inning, done in by a leadoff walk, but picked up his third win of the year and second against the Padres. The Mets gave Kuroda more trouble than any opponent last year, when he went 0-1 in two starts with a 12.00 ERA.
Last 2 outings per foxsports,
Jun 29, 2009 – Dodgers | Kuroda loses but allows no walks again.
The Associated Press reports Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hiroki Kuroda gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking none in a 4-2 loss Sunday, June 28, against the Seattle Mariners. Kuroda has not allowed a base on balls in his last four starts, extending his streak to 29 consecutive innings without one.(KFFL, 04:43am)
Wed. Jun 24, 2009 – Kuroda allowed two runs and four hits with nine strikeouts in 8 2-3 innings of the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Kuroda gave up only Paul Konerko’s second-inning homer and Jermaine Dye’s fourth-inning single until there were two outs in the ninth. Kuroda then allowed two more hits, including Dye’s RBI single, before Jonathan Broxton earned his 18th save by striking out Jim Thome. “He was terrific as far as his command,” manager Joe Torre said. “He’s not going to beat you with his velocity. He’s going to beat you with his location and movement. He was throwing a lot of strikes.”(STATS, 4:52pm)
***The Mets last faced Kuroda June 1st of last year.Â Kuroda gave up 6 earned runs and 2 homers in 2.1 IPs.Â Mets win 6-3.
Acording to fangraphs, Kuroda utilizes 3 pitches –
Fastball – 61.9%/ 92.2 MPH
Slider – 27.9%/83.7 MPH
Changeup – 7.0%/84.7 MPH
Per thebaseballcube –
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency: Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
The ratings are based on formulas that sum a player’s entire career based on available statistics in our database, including minor league and college data. These scouting scores are to be used as indicators of a player’s strength. A career minor leaguer might have a speed rating of 100 though this does not insinuate that he is a better runner than a major leaguer with a speed rating of 90. Though it does indicate that a player was an excellent base-stealer in the minors, we do not know how he would have fared in the majors.
After allowing himself open to MLB clubs, Kuroda’s response was received favorably by both the fans and the media, and in Kuroda’s final start of the season, fans filled Hiroshima Municipal Stadium, old holding red cardboard cutouts of the number 15 (Kuroda’s jersey number). However, Kuroda had repeatedly expressed a desire to win a championship, and there was a high possibility that he would leave for the major leagues if the team continued to play poorly. The team ended up struggling to escape from last place in the league throughout the season; far removed from the 3rd place finish that would have enabled the team to participate in the newly created Climax Series playoffs. Kuroda declared his intention to play in the major leagues next season on October 18, 2007. It was briefly rumored that he would use the posting system to move to the major leagues, giving the poorly-financed Hiroshima team some monetary benefits from the process, but he ended up declaring free agency, which enabled him to negotiate freely with any of the major league teams. The Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Â Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Los Angeles Dodgers showed varying degrees of interest in signing Kuroda, and he signed a three-year 35.3 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 12, 2007.
|2008||LosÂ AngelesÂ Dodgers||$7,433,333|