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NPB Standings Update: Week 22

by on Aug.24, 2009 @ 3:38 pm, under NPB

Central League
Not a good week for the Swallows -- they went 2-4 and lead the fourth place team by 7.5 games (down from 9 last week). The only positive for the Swallows is perhaps Norichika Aoki. Since last week, Aoki has gone 9-for-22 with a double, a home run, and 4 RBIs. If he can turn things around, he could potentially pick up the slack left by D'Antona's injury.

There's also a new fourth place team this week that, quite frankly, scares me more than the Hiroshima Carp: the Hanshin Tigers. For most of the first half, the Tigers looked awful (other than perhaps Tomoaki Kanemoto) with some of their players coming back from injuries, they're slowly beginning to look like a team. And between last week and this week, they've managed to lower their team ERA (3.36 -> 3.27).

Key Series of the Week
Yomiuri Giants vs Chunichi Dragons (8/25-8/27) @ Nagoya Dome for 3 games

Giants Category Dragons
9 Wins 6
69 Runs 60
22 HR 16
8 SB 7
3 E 7
.255 BA .277
3.96 ERA 4.47


The Giants are 9-6 against the Dragons this year, but have dropped the last 2 consecutive series to the Dragons. A sweep would be nice for the Dragons, but you can bet the Giants will do whatever it takes to make sure that doesn't happen.

Chunichi Dragons vs Yakult Swallows (8/28-8/29) @ Jingu for 3 games

Dragons Category Swallows
12 Wins 6
90 Runs 75
17 HR 20
10 SB 10
5 E 12
.287 BA .260
4.06 ERA 4.70


This might look like a series that favors the Swallows, but the Dragons took the last series, 2-1 and outscored Yakult 15-5. The Swallows definitely miss D'Antona's bat.

Standings

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB BA ERA L7days
Yomiuri Giants 108 64 36 8 .640 - 482 385 132 62 .274 3.05 5-1
Chunichi Dragons 110 66 43 1 .606 2.5 479 378 111 69 .264 3.12 4-2
Yakult Swallows 103 54 49 0 .524 11.5 403 418 86 75 .267 3.90 2-4
Hanshin Tigers 106 46 56 4 .451 19 389 402 74 68 .252 3.27 4-2
Hiroshima Carp 107 45 58 4 .437 20.5 388 440 72 66 .239 3.74 2-4
Yokohama Bay Stars 108 39 69 0 .361 29 378 521 100 39 .240 4.34 1-5


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Pacific League
It was a bad week for the Fighters -- they got nailed with the swine flu and spiraled into a 5-game losing streak. They held a comfortable 7 game lead over the second place Softbank Hawks last week but took a pretty big hit when they were swept by them this past weekend. Should be an interesting week for both teams. The Fighters play 3 against the Buffaloes while the Hawks take on the Marines. After that, the two teams will collide once again.

The battle for third place is heating up as well with the Eagles taking over third from the Lions this past week. And the two will play a 3-game series against each other at Seibu Dome to kick off week 22.

Key Series of the Week

Rakuten Eagles vs Seibu Lions (8/25-8/27) @ Seibu Dome for 3 games

Eagles Category Lions
6 Wins 7
47 Runs 60
10 HR 11
11 SB 13
3 E 9
.264 BA .271
4.62 ERA 3.13


This should be a good series. The Eagles took over third place this past week and now have a chance to put some distance between them and the Lions. Interestingly enough, the Eagles have played better against the Lions at Seibu Dome than they have at home: 4-2 at Seibu Dome and 1-5 at K-Stadium.

Softbank Hawks vs Nippon Ham Fighters (8/28-8/30) @ Sapporo Dome for 3 games

Hawks Category Fighters
10 Wins 7
57 Runs 73
17 HR 13
13 SB 13
10 E 11
.245 BA .258
3.71 ERA 3.34


The Fighters have a chance to get back at the Hawks after getting swept this past weekend. And while they'll have more of their core players back in the line-up, they won't Yu Darvish (the earliest he can return is September 1st).

Standings

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB BA ERA L7days
Nippon Ham Fighters 104 62 41 1 .602 - 517 384 81 84 .285 3.55 0-5
Softbank Hawks 108 60 45 3 .571 3 465 439 100 89 .264 3.73 4-1-1
Rakuten Eagles 104 52 51 1 .505 10 404 448 77 81 .265 4.04 4-1
Seibu Lions 106 51 51 4 .500 10.5 510 458 120 93 .258 3.94 3-2-1
Orix Buffaloes 107 43 63 1 .406 20.5 433 531 91 52 .275 4.64 3-3
Chiba Lotte Marines 109 43 63 3 .406 20.5 449 493 95 44 .251 4.34 2-4

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  1. Unregistered

    How about that? Eagles were down 5.5 games to the Lions for that third-place position, and their good performance couples with some Seibu woes mean we’ve got a fight for that Climax Series spot.

    But you have that report the Lions are setting it up to have their best guns fire away at the Eagles on the mound. It’ll be a tester.

    Good to see a race.