Sanspo posted the following bits of information regarding the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants.
- The Giants lead the Tigers 1015-787-67. The Tigers were 85-84-3 against the Giants during the single-league years. The two teams are even (40-40-3) during the first match-up of the season.
- The Giants have won the pennant forty-five times, Hanshin nine times. The two teams finished in the top two spots in the standings twenty-two times in the past with the Giants winning nineteen pennants and Hanshin three. Since the two-league format in 1950, the two teams have finished in the top two fifteen times with the Giants winning all fifteen.
- Rookie manager match-ups: the Giants and Tigers have fielded rookie managers in the same year two other times in the past. 1975: Yoshio Yoshida for Hanshin with a third place finish and Shigeo Nagashima for Yomiuri with a sixth place finish, Hanshin won the season series 16-9-1. 2004: Akinobu Okada for Hanshin with a fourth place finish and Tsuneo Horiuchi for Yomiuri with a third place finish, Hanshin won the season series 17-10-1.
Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016