[5/10/2016] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for March/April

Central League


Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Second Time)
6 G, 3-0, 48.0 IP, 0.56 ERA, 2 CG, 42 SO, 3 ER

Second MVP of the Month award since March/April 2014. Sugano tossed seven shutout innings on opening day to help the team win its first game of the season. He won three games in March/April and recorded two consecutive shutouts. He allowed earned runs in just one of six starts.


Dayan Viciedo, Chunichi (First Time)
28 G, .347 AVG, 34 H, 9 HR, 23 RBI

Viciedo started his first season in the NPB off with home runs in his first three games, beginning on opening day. He continued his hit hitting and led the league in home runs (9) in March/April. His twenty-three RBIs was good for second. He has become a mainstay in the four hole and is helping the team win with big hits, like with a walk-off home run against Hanshin at Nagoya Dome on April 17.

Pacific League


Hideaki Wakui, Lotte (Third Time)
6 G, 5-0, 41.2 IP, 2.59 ERA, 26 SO, 12 ER

Wakui started six games in March/April and went 5-0. He recorded seven shutout innings against Nippon Ham on opening day. It was the fifth opening day victory of his career. He failed to pick up a win against Orix on April 23, despite pitching well (one run over eight innings). He won the MVP of the Month award in June 2006 and July 2009.


Ernesto Mejia, Seibu (First Time)
28 G, .315 AVG, 35 H, 10 HR, 28 RBI

Mejia led the league in home runs, RBI, total bases (71), slugging (.640) and hits (35) in March/April. He recorded a game-tying RBI and walk-off home run against Orix on March 25. He notched a five-game hitting streak in March and an eight-game hitting streak in April. He drove in six runs with three hits, including a home run, against Nippon Ham on April 20 and blasted three home runs in consecutive trips to the plate against Rakuten on April 24.

Comment on "[5/10/2016] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for March/April"

  • fordmo47

    Hello! I am from the Philippines and I must say that there are lots of complete NPB games being shown in the internet. In comparison NHK World has shown only five games so far. The Central League’s choices are well deserved. Sugano’s wins could have been more had there not been blown saves by the Yomiuri bullpen.

    Viciedo’s performance is already legendary this early in the season. In addition to the walk-off homerun against Hanshin ion April 17, I also saw his grand slam home-run against Hiroshima on April 24 and hitting two home-runs in one inning (the 2nd inning) against Yomiuri four days ago.

    Wish I could see more of Sebu and Lotte. The number of Pacific League games available in the internet is paltry compared to the Central League.

    • Gen Post Author

      If you don’t mind paying money, I think Pa-League TV works overseas. You would be able to see every Pacific League home game during the regular season, including Yomiuri and Hanshin inter-league games. I think they also offer archives of past games as well, going back to 2012. I’ve been meaning to sign up for their services, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet.

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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