Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Sixth Time)
7 G, 4-1, 49.0 IP, 1.10 ERA, 44 SO, 6 ER, 3 ShO
Sugano led the league in wins (four), earned run average (1.10), and strikeouts (forty-four). Four of his victories were shutouts. He also made an appearance out of the bullpen for the first time in five years on October 9.
Neftali Soto, Yokohama (First Time)
28 G, .360 AVG, 36 H, 14 HR, 31 RBI
So played in twenty-eight games in September/October and led the league in home runs (fourteen) and runs batted in (thirty-one). He recorded hits in twenty-five of the twenty-eight games he played, including multiple home runs in three games.
Shinsaburo Tawata, Seibu (Second Time)
5 G, 4-0, 35.0 IP, 1.54 ERA, 1 CG, 1 ShO, 17 SO, 6 ER
Tawata started five games in September/October and led the league in earned run average (1.54). He gave up three runs over 5.1 innings against Nippon Ham on September 4 and picked up the win. He tossed a seven-hit shutout against Orix on September 11. He picked up his third victory on September 18 against Nippon Ham (one run, 6.1 innings). He was not involved in the decision against Rakuten on September 24 (one run, 6.1 innings), and held Nippon Ham to one run over eight innings on October 1.
Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (Fourth Time)
28 G, .333 AVG, 34 H, 11 HR, 28 RBI
Yamakawa batted clean-up in all twenty-eight of his team’s games in September/October and led the league in home runs (eleven) and runs batted in (twenty-eight). He also won MVP of the Month awards in August 2017, September/October 2017, and March/April 2018. He joined Ichiro (June 1998, July 1998, May 1999, July 1999) as the only players in NPB history to win multiple MVP of the Month awards in the same year, two years in a row.
Yamakawa and Tawata became the first players in NPB history to win the MVP of the Month award at the same time, twice in the same year (March/April 2018 and September/October 2018).
Source: NPB 10/16/2018