A little on Shohei Otani’s start on May 1:
- he has allowed fourteen runs in six starts this year.
- nine runs between the first and third innings (three runs in the first and six runs in the second)
- three runs between the fourth and sixth innings (one run each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings)
- two runs from the seventh inning on (two runs in the seventh inning)
- he has not yet gone on a three-game losing streak
- he is the fourth player out of high school to record at least one win and one home in each of his first four seasons, behind Masaichi Kaneda (1950-1960), Masaaki Ikenaga (1960-1969), and Tsuneo Horiuchi (1966-1974).
- the 138 pitches he threw on May 1 was the third most in his career: 149 against Seibu on August 17, 2014 and 139 against Seibu on September 15, 2015.
- he picked up his seventeenth double-digit strikeout game of his career on May 1. He also picked up his fifth double-digit/complete game win of his career.
- of the thirty victories under his belt, twenty-seven were games in which he allowed three or fewer runs. The other three games: four runs in 6.2 innings against Orix on May 4, 2014, five runs in six innings against Seibu on July 24, 2015, and four runs in nine innings against Lotte on May 1, 2016.
- May won-loss records: 0-0 in 2013, 2-0 in 2014, 2-0 in 2015, and 1-0 so far in 2016
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/2/2016, Sanspo 5/2/2016, Sponichi 5/2/2016