[4/12/2016] Shohei Otani could get a chance to bat for himself when he pitches

Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about letting Shohei Otani bat for himself when he pitches. Injuries to Dai-Kang Yoh and Kenshi Sugiya could force the decision, especially if the offense continues to sputter when he pitches. But there are concerns about losing the designated hitter from the start of the game. Otani has batted for himself in five games in the past, but only where there was no DH..

Date Slot Hitting Pitching Score Opponent Venue
2013/06/18 Fifth 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI ND, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3 ER 7-4, W Hiroshima Mazda
2014/05/20 Seventh 0-for-3 ND, 5.0+, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 SO, 5 ER 7-5, W Chunichi Sapporo Dome
2014/06/04 Seventh 1-for-2, 1 SO W, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 10 SO, 1 ER 6-2, W Hiroshima Sapporo Dome
2014/06/11 Seventh 0-for-2, 1 SO ND, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 ER 2-1, L Yomiuri Sapporo Dome
2015/06/06 Seventh 0-for-3, 3 SO L, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 11 SO, 1 ER 1-0, L Hanshin Koshien

Note: in 2014, the DH-rule applied to games in the Central League during Inter-league play.

Since the Pacific League added the DH-rule in 1975, there have been four games where pitchers batted for themselves.

Date Team Slot Player Name AB H RBI Score Opponent Venue
1987/10/20 Seibu Ninth Matsunuma, Hirohisa 0 0 0 7-4, W Lotte Seibu
1990/10/11 Seibu Ninth Kudo, Kimiyasu 0 0 0 10-4, W Kintetsu Seibu
1992/10/10 Seibu Ninth Watanabe, Hisanobu 1 1 0 1-0, W Nippon Ham Seibu
1998/10/10 Seibu Ninth Nishiguchi, Fumiya 2 0 0 2-4, L Lotte Seibu Dome

Source: Sanspo 4/12/2016, Sponichi 4/12/2016, Sponichi 4/12/2016, Sports Hochi 4/12/2016, Daily Sports 4/12/2016

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