[6/21/2016] NPB: time between pitches (through June 20)

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 June 20)

Central League

Rank Name JPN Name ENG Team Time IP
1 高木 勇人 Takagi, Hayato Yomiuri 10.9 76.0
2 井納 翔一 Ino, Shoichi Yokohama 10.9 83.2
3 マテオ Mateo, Marcos Hanshin 11.0 26.0
4 田口 麗斗 Taguchi, Kazuto Yomiuri 11.0 72.2
5 今村 信貴 Imamura, Nobutaka Yomiuri 11.6 59.0
6 三上 朋也 Mikami, Tomoya Yokohama 11.6 27.2
7 ジョンソン Johnson, Kris Hiroshima 11.7 94.1
8 メッセンジャー Messenger, Randy Hanshin 11.9 96.0
9 ジョーダン Norberto, Jordan Chunichi 12.0 65.1
10 野村 祐輔 Nomura, Yusuke Hiroshima 12.1 74.2

Pacific League

Rank Name JPN Name ENG Team Time IP
1 牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa Seibu 8.0 48.0
2 小石 博孝 Koishi, Hirotaka Seibu 9.5 34.2
3 メンドーサ Mendoza, Luis Nippon Ham 10.3 77.1
4 吉川 光夫 Yoshikawa, Mitsuo Nippon Ham 10.5 64.0
5 高梨 裕稔 Takanashi, Hirotoshi Nippon Ham 10.8 24.2
6 ディクソン Dickson, Brandon Orix 10.9 80.2
7 南 昌輝 Minami, Masaki Lotte 11.6 31.1
8 東明 大貴 Tomei, Daiki Orix 11.7 60.1
9 和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi Softbank 11.7 78.2
10 二木 康太 Futaki, Kota Lotte 11.8 71.2

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