[5/2/2016] NPB: time between pitches (through May 1)

The NPB released a list of pitchers and hitters ranked by the shortest time between pitches as part of their ongoing efforts to shorten the length of games. The top ranked pitchers and hitters will be eligible for the Speed Up Award. Below are the rankings for pitchers.

Time between pitches with bases empty (through May 1)

Central League

Rank Name JPN Name ENG Team Time IP
1 高木 勇人 Takagi, Hayato Yomiuri 10.3 36.0
2 ネイラー Naylor, Drew Chunichi 10.7 36.2
3 ジョンソン Johnson, Kris Hiroshima 11.1 43.1
4 メッセンジャー Messenger, Randy Hanshin 11.4 40.2
5 田口 麗斗 Taguchi, Kazuto Yomiuri 11.4 31.0
6 ポレダ Poreda, Aaron Yomiuri 11.5 27.0
7 マテオ Mateo, Marcos Hanshin 11.5 15.1
8 今村 信貴 Imamura, Nobutaka Yomiuri 11.5 26.2
9 三上 朋也 Mikami, Tomoya Yokohama 11.7 12.1
10 井納 翔一 Ino, Shoichi Yokohama 11.7 43.0

Pacific League

Rank Name JPN Name ENG Team Time IP
1 牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa Seibu 8.2 27.1
2 小石 博孝 Koishi, Hirotaka Seibu 9.9 10.1
3 南 昌輝 Minami, Masaki Lotte 10.8 13.0
4 メンドーサ Mendoza, Luis Nippon Ham 10.8 34.2
5 バース Bass, Anthony Nippon Ham 10.9 25.1
6 吉川 光夫 Yoshikawa, Mitsuo Nippon Ham 10.9 27.2
7 和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi Softbank 11.4 34.0
8 岸 孝之 Kishi, Takayuki Seibu 11.4 30.0
9 東明 大貴 Tomei, Daiki Orix 11.6 28.2
10 ディクソン Dickson, Brandon Orix 11.6 34.0

Source: NPB announcement

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 115 69 42 4
Hanshin 111 61 49 1
Yokohama 111 56 51 4
Yomiuri 112 55 56 1
Chunichi 114 47 62 5
Yakult 113 39 72 2
G W L T
Softbank 113 76 37 0
Rakuten 105 64 40 1
Seibu 111 64 45 2
Orix 109 49 59 1
Nippon Ham 109 40 69 0
Lotte 109 35 73 1
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