Category: NPB


[4/27/2017] Chunichi’s Ogasawara and Softbank’s Kawasaki

Shinnosuke Ogasawara started a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Nagoya Stadium today. He gave up a run on three hits over six innings of work. He threw 100 pitches, struck out nine, and topped out at 145km/h. Chunichi beat Softbank 3-1.

Ogasawara pitched well early on and held Softbank to one infield hit through five innings. He gave up a run on a walk and a double to Munenori Kawasaki in the sixth.

On a side note: Kawasaki started at third (he moved to second in the fourth inning and was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning) and batted lead-off for Softbank. He went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He is expected to make the active roster in time for the Orix three-game series that begins on April 28.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2017, Sports Hochi 4/27/2017, Sponichi 4/27/2017, Sports Hochi 4/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/27/2017


[4/27/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters’s ten-game losing streak

According to Sports Hochi:

The Nippon Ham Fighters have been through five double-digit losing streaks in the team’s history:

  • fourteen-game losing streak: July to August 1984 (three ties)
  • eleven-game losing streak: May to June 2005 (two ties)
  • ten-game losing streak: August 1959 (one tie)
  • ten-game losing streak: July to August 1968 (one tie)
  • ten-game losing streak: April 2017 (no ties)

The Fighters are the third team in NPB history to go on a ten-game losing streak during the year after they finished in first place. The other two teams: 1961 Taiyo (eleven-game losing streak) and 1976 Hiroshima (eleven-game losing streak).

Source: Sports Hochi 4/27/2017


[4/26/2017] Kyosuke Takagi tosses shutout inning in relief at San-gun

Kyosuke Takagi pitched in a San-gun game against the BC League’s Musashi Heat Bears today. It was his first game since October 2015.

Takagi entered the game in the eighth inning with a three-run lead. He faced four hitters, threw sixteen pitches, walked one, struck out two, and topped out at 143 km/h.

  • strikeout swinging on a 104 km/h curveball
  • fly out to right on a 139 km/h fastball
  • walk
  • strikeout swinging on a 142 km/h fastball

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2017, Daily Sports 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017


[4/26/2017] Yuki Saito gives up seven runs in one inning

Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Kamagaya today. He gave up seven runs on six hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-four hitters, threw eighty-six pitches, walked/hit three, and struck out five. He struggled in the first inning: he faced ten batters and gave up seven runs on four hits. Two of the hits came in two separate bases loaded situations: a two-run double to Taishi Nakagawa and a grand slam to Tadashi Ishimine.

Source: Daily Sports 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017, Sports Hochi 4/26/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/26/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/26/2017


Yuki Matsui: Did You Know

Matsui pitched the ninth against the Chiba Lotte Marines on April 25 and struck out the side on nine pitches. He became the seventeenth player in NPB history to achieve the feat, first since Chunichi’s Yuta Muto on September 10, 2014, and first in Rakuten franchise history.

Source: Sponichi 4/25/2017

Matsui closed out a game against Lotte on April 25 by striking out the side with nine pitches.

  • Kei Hosoya: swinging, swinging, swinging
  • Matt Duffy: swinging, swinging, swinging
  • Daichi Suzuki: looking, foul, swinging

He became the seventeenth player (accomplished eighteen times) in NPB history (sixth and accomplished seven times in Pacific League history, first in Rakuten Eagles’ franchise history) to strike out the side with nine pitches. He is the first to accomplish the feat while facing the three, four, and five batters. He is also the first to record at least seven swinging strikes (the previous record of six was set by Masaji Hiramatsu in 1979).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2017, Sports Hochi 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017


[4/25/2017] Hanshin Tigers could install Trackman after current season

The Hanshin Tigers are thinking about installing a Trackman system at Koshien Stadium. If they decide to install the system, it will most likely be after the current season.

The Chiba Lotte Marines are still on the fence about whether or not they can effectively use the system. They are the only team in the Pacific League that has not installed a Trackman.

Source: Sponichi 4/25/2017


[4/24/2017] Hanshin starters for Yokohama series

Sanspo has listed probable Hanshin starting pitchers for the Yokohama series that begins at Koshien Stadium tomorrow.

  • April 25 – Takumi Akiyama
  • April 26 – Shintaro Fujinami
  • April 27 – Koyo Aoyagi

Yuta Iwasada will most likely get a start during the Chunichi series that begins on April 28.

Source: Sanspo 4/24/2017


Kazuo Matsui: Did You Know

Matsui blasted the 200th home run of his career on April 22 and became the 100th player in NPB history to reach the milestone. At forty-one years and five months, he joined George Altman (forty-two years and three months) as the only players to hit their 200th after turning forty. The previous high for a Japanese player was Atsuya Furuta at thirty-eight years and ten months.

Matsui also joined Hiromi Matsunaga as the only switch-hitters in NPB history to hit 200 or more home runs.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/23/2017, Sponichi 4/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/23/2017


[4/22/2017] Munenori Kawasaki wants to make active roster by May 2

Munenori Kawasaki told reporters that he is trying to make the active roster by May 2 at the latest. The date comes from his uniform number 52.

Source: Daily Sports 4/22/2017

[UPDATE 4/24 @ 2:25pm]

Kawasaki is scheduled to be with the Ni-gun team for an upcoming three-game series against Chunichi at Nagoya that begins on April 25.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2017



[4/22/2017] Ryota Arai earns domestic FA option

Thirty-three-year-old Ryota Arai earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 4/22/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 24 15 8 1
Hanshin 21 12 9 0
Yomiuri 22 12 10 0
Yokohama 22 9 11 2
Chunichi 23 8 12 3
Yakult 22 8 14 0
Rakuten 19 15 4 0
Orix 20 14 6 0
Seibu 20 11 9 0
Softbank 23 12 11 0
Lotte 21 6 15 0
Nippon Ham 23 5 18 0
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