[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 143 89 52 2
Yomiuri 143 71 69 3
Yokohama 143 69 71 3
Hanshin 143 64 76 3
Yakult 143 64 78 1
Chunichi 143 58 82 3
G W L T
Nippon Ham 143 87 53 3
Softbank 143 83 54 6
Lotte 143 72 68 3
Seibu 143 64 76 3
Rakuten 143 62 78 3
Orix 143 57 83 3