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NPB Standings Update: Week 18

by on Jul.28, 2009 @ 1:47 am, under NPB

The second half kicks off today. Of particular note, a 3-game series between the Yomiuri Giants and Chunichi Dragons at Tokyo Dome. Only 2.5 games separate these two teams so if the Dragons manage a sweep, there could be a new team in first place when the series ends. The Giants are 8-4 against the Dragons and managed a sweep against them the last time they collided at Tokyo Dome.

The Swallows also begin a very important 3-game set against the Hiroshima Carp at Jingu Stadium. The Swallow are 8-3 against the Carp this season and swept a homestand series back in April, outscoring Hiroshoma 15-3.

The Chiba Lotte Marines have a chance to change the landscape at the top of the PL standings when they play host to the Nippon Ham Fighters for a 3-game set at Chiba Marine Stadium. It'll also be interesting to see how the fans react to the Bobby's statement about stepping down at the end of the season.

The second place Softbank Hawks begin a 3-game series against the last place Buffaloes (one game at Nagasaki, 2 games at Yahoo Dome). But don't let that fool you -- despite the huge gap between the two in the standings, the Buffaloes have managed to hold their own against the Hawks this year. In 11 games, the Hawks are only 6-5 against the Buffaloes. And while the Hawks have outscored the Buffaloes 60-34 in 11 games, it should be noted that 36 of those runs came in three blow-out games.

Other games on the schedule:

Yokohama Bay Stars vs. Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium
Rakuten Eagles vs. Seibu Lions (one game at Morioka, one game at Akita, one game at Seibu Dome)

Central League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB BA ERA L7
Yomiuri Giants 85 50 28 7 .641 --- 360 293 98 49 .268 3.01 2-0
Chunichi Dragons 86 51 34 1 .600 2.5 372 299 86 51 .267 3.17 2-0
Yakult Swallows 79 46 33 0 .582 4.5 322 291 69 63 .269 3.62 1-0
Hiroshima Carp 84 35 46 3 .432 16.5 268 330 50 50 .234 3.57 0-2
Hanshin Tigers 82 32 46 4 .410 18 291 314 53 51 .252 3.28 0-1
Yokohama Bay Stars 84 30 54 0 .357 23 282 393 75 31 .235 4.30 0-2


Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB BA ERA L7
Nippon Ham Fighters 81 48 32 1 .600 --- 423 302 66 72 .286 3.55 2-0
Softbank Hawks 84 48 34 2 .585 1 376 326 78 60 .267 3.51 2-0
Seibu Lions 84 42 39 3 .519 6.5 430 376 103 71 .263 4.06 1-1
Rakuten Eagles 83 38 44 1 .463 11 303 366 54 63 .263 4.20 0-2
Chiba Lotte Marines 85 34 48 3 .415 15 360 390 76 30 .255 4.45 0-2
Orix Buffaloes 83 33 49 1 .402 16 324 431 64 43 .273 4.85 1-1


*current as of 7/28/2009, 2:28pm JST

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