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NPB Standings Update: Week 24

by on Sep.15, 2009 @ 2:41 am, under NPB

I'm going to keep this update short.

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The big news of the week was the Hanshin Tigers taking over third place from the Yakult Swallows.  And from the looks of the schedule this week, things don't look very promising for the Swallows:

Hanshin Tigers

Giants Carp
Tigers 9-10-2 11-9

Yakult Swallows

Bay Stars Giants
Swallows 4-12-0 4-14-1

The Swallows still have a chance to move back into third, but they also have 2 series against teams they've struggled against this season.  If the Swallows aren't careful, they might quickly find themselves in 5th place at the end of the week.

The only saving grace for the Swallows is the return of Chang-Yong Lim.

Teams G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB BA ERA L7days
1 Yomiuri Giants 124 76 39 9 .661 M11 571 435 159 73 .279 3.00 4-1-0
2 Chunichi Dragons 126 74 51 1 .592 7 539 436 125 75 .261 3.11 5-1-0
3 Hanshin Tigers 124 57 63 4 .475 21.5 453 453 85 77 .252 3.18 3-3-0
4 Yakult Swallows 120 56 63 1 .471 22 447 512 99 81 .261 4.06 0-6-0
5 Hiroshima Carp 123 55 64 4 .462 23 468 496 87 69 .247 3.64 3-2-0
6 Yokohama Bay Stars 123 44 79 0 .358 36 424 595 111 45 .237 4.40 2-4-0

The Eagles continue to hold onto third place in the Pacific League.  But as this past week has shown, get to the Eagles' bullpen and you'll have a pretty good chance to score some runs.

Rakuten Eagles

Fighters Marines
Eagles 10-10-0 9-10-0

Seibu Lions

Marines Hawks
Lions 8-10-0 8-11-2

Both the Eagles and Lions have somewhat similar schedules in terms of relative strength, I might have to give the edge to the Lions, simply because they got their big bopper, Takeya Nakamura, back this past week.  But if Katsuya Nomura decides to convert one of his starters into a closer, there could be a shift.

Teams G W L T WPCT GB RS RA HR SB BA ERA L7days
1 Nippon Ham Fighters 122 70 51 1 .579 M18 589 456 94 96 .280 3.63 1-5-0
2 Softbank Hawks 126 68 54 4 .557 2.5 538 516 115 110 .266 3.73 2-4-0
3 Rakuten Eagles 121 63 57 1 .525 6.5 470 512 90 89 .263 3.98 5-1-0
4 Seibu Lions 124 60 60 4 .500 9.5 573 524 140 99 .258 3.89 5-1-0
5 Chiba Lotte Marines 126 53 69 4 .434 17.5 535 556 120 52 .255 4.21 4-2-0
6 Orix Buffaloes 125 49 75 1 .395 22.5 508 624 108 58 .274 4.69 1-5-0
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