[9/11/2018] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for August

Central League

Pitching

Geronimo Franzua, Hiroshima (First Time)
18 G, 0-1, 1 Sv, 10 H, 17.2 IP, 0.51 ERA, 19 SO, 1 ER

Franzua tied a Central League record by appearing in eighteen games in one month. His 0.51 ERA and league-leading ten holds helped his team to a 17-9-1 record. He picked up his first save on August 29 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Franzua made his way to Japan in 2014 through Carp Academy, became an Ikusei player in March 2018, and won a spot on the seventy-man roster in May 2018.

Hitting

Dayan Viciedo, Chunichi (Third Time)
26 G, .465 AVG, 47 H, 7 HR, 24 RBI

Viciedo played in all of his team’s twenty-six games in August. He led the league in hitting (.465) and set a new Central League record with forty-seven hits in one month. He also tied an NPB record with eight modashos (three or more hits in a game) in one month. Viciedo recorded a walk-off hit against the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Dome on August 23.

Pacific League

Pitching

Kodai Senga, Softbank (First Time)
4 G, 4-0, 31.1 IP, 0.86 ERA, 1 CG, 1 ShO, 37 SO, 3 ER

Senga started four games and led the league with four wins. He also led the league in ERA (0.68) and strikeouts (thirty-seven). His 31.1 innings were good for third most in the league. Senga did not allow a run over 7.2 innings against Nippon Ham on August 10, tossed a shutout against Orix on August 17, held Seibu to two runs over 6.2 innings on August 24, and gave up a run over eight innings against Rakuten on August 31. He is the first Ikusei draft player in Pacific League history towin an MVP of the Month.

Hitting

Takeya Nakamura, Seibu (Second Time)
26 G, .319 AVG, 29 H, 12 HR, 26 RBI

Nakamura played in all twenty-six of his team’s game in August. He led the league in home runs (twelve), total bases (sixty-eight), and slugging percentage (.747). His RBI (twenty-six) were tied for most in the league. He tied a Pacific League record by hitting a home run in six consecutive games. Nakamura won his first MVP of the Month in July 2015.

Source: NPB 9/11/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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