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NPB news: Sept. 7, 2022

There was a plentiful supply of whoop-ass in Japan Wednesday, when it was not a good night for most of the teams in the top half of their league’s rankings.

Earlier on Wednesday I woke up to some weird talk of people saying stupid things about MLB home run records, and realized Japan regularly partakes in its own record stupidity, and so I had to write about it. We also had the monthly awards, which went to form.

The guns of August

Munetaka Murakami won his third straight CL hitter of the month award, while Shota Imanaga, who went 5-0 while leading the league with 36 innings and a 1.25 ERA. It was his second award of the season after he won for May.

The PL hitter’s award went to Rakuten’s Hiroaki Shimauchi and was also well deserved after he led the PL with a .381 average, 17 runs, 37 hits, 64 total bases, 21 RBIs, and a .660 slugging average. It was the first monthly award for the 11th-year pro.

The pitcher was a kind of a surprise since it went to Orix’s Hiroya Miyagi, who had a 3-1 record rather than Kona Takahashi who went 3-0 with a good ERA. Miyagi threw his first career shutout and led the league with a 1.14 ERA.

Pitcher’s arsenal reports

Starting today, I’m going to begin sharing the fruits of one of my projects, collecting and analyzing pitch-by-pitch data. There’s precious little publicly available, but we can have some fun by seeing how pitchers’ arsenals and individual pitches shape up against other players: I’ll be talking about whether pitches are thrown ahead or behind in counts, how effective they are — not just in final results but also in contributing to better counts, how often their missed, called for strikes or put into play.

OK, so let’s get to the games, the starting pitchers for Thursday and more.

Giants 18, BayStars 3: At Tokyo Dome, Adam Walker hit a fourth-inning grand slam, Gregory Polanco added a three-run homer in the same nine-run inning, and added a two-run shot, his 21st, in a five-run seventh. Giants rookie Iori Yamasaki (5-4) allowed a run over seven innings, while DeNA starter Haruhiro Hamaguchi (7-5) allowed 11 runs on 10 hits and two walks over 3-2/3 innings. Ouch.

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NPB news: Aug. 9, 2022

Tuesday was a day for pitchers in Japan, 4.7 strikeouts per walk, a daily WHIP of 1.00 and 2.51 runs scored per nine innings.

The Fighters, currently based at city-owned Sapporo Dome, will open their 2023 season at their new team-owned retractable-roof facility in neighboring Kitahiroshima, on March 30 against an opponent to be named later, one day before 10 other teams open their season.

Tuesday also brought the talk of Japan’s first batting triple crown since 2004 into the realm of reality, and it’s Roki Eve, to boot, since he’s scheduled to duke it out against Nao Higashihama in a battle of two of this year’s four no-hit pitchers, so let’s get started.

Tuesday’s games

Fighters 5, Lions 3: At Sapporo Dome, there was a wild finish to a see-saw game.

Rookie Fighters catcher opened the scoring off Kona Takahashi with a second-inning RBI single. Takeya Nakamura hit a two-run fifth-inning home run, his seventh, off Fighters starter Hiromi Ito.

All-star Fighters third baseman Yuki James Nomura returned from a bout with COVID, and in in his first game in three weeks, scored in the eighth to tie it after his second leadoff double of the game.

Hotaka Yamakawa put the Lions up 3-2 with an RBI single off Ito in the ninth, but Bryan Rodriguez (1-1) got the final out in the inning, and Lions closer Tatsushi Masuda (2-2) surrendered back-to-back singles before Kensuke Kondo won it with his fourth home run of the season.

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