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NPB: What’s on tap over the next 7 days

by on Sep.25, 2009 @ 2:39 am, under NPB

Some pretty important games on the slate over the next 7 days.

Central League

The Swallows play 3 against the Bay Stars and then 3 VERY important games against the Hanshin Tigers.  They'll likely need to win both series for a serious shot at getting back into third.

The Tigers play 3 against the Chunichi Dragons prior to their 3-game series against the Swallows.  The Tigers are 13-7 against the Dragons so far this season, so that might end up working in favor of the Swallows.  But the Dragons also happen to be on a 4-game losing streak.  Hopefully the Dragons wake up against the Tigers after sleepwalking through the Tokyo Dome for three games.

Hiroshima doesn't have any direct match-ups with the Swallows or the Tigers this week, but their 3-game series against the Giants could end up breaking them.  And the Carp haven't exactly done very well against the Giants this season - 6-10-3.

Won-Loss Breakdown

Giants Dragons Tigers Swallows Carp Bay Stars
Giants - 15 (0) 6 11 (2) 11 17 (1) 4 10 (3) 6 18 (0) 5
Dragons 6 (0) 15 - 13 (0) 7 11 (0) 12 16 (0) 8 17 (0) 6
Tigers 11 (2) 11 7 (0) 13 - 7 (0) 11 12 (0) 11 15 (0) 9
Swallows 4 (1) 17 12 (0) 11 11 (0) 7 - 12 (0) 11 6 (0) 13
Carp 6 (3) 10 8 (0) 16 11 (0) 12 11 (0) 12 - 9 (0) 10
Bay Stars 5 (0) 18 6 (0) 17 9 (0) 15 13 (0) 6 10 (0) 9 -

Remaining Games

Giants Dragons Tigers Swallows Carp Bay Stars
Giants - 3 0 2 5 1
Dragons 3 - 4 1 0 1
Tigers 0 4 - 6 1 0
Swallows 2 1 6 - 1 5
Carp 5 0 1 1 - 5
Bay Stars 1 1 0 5 5 -

Pacific League

The Eagles play an important 3-game series against the Lions.  If the Eagles can sweep, or at least take 2 out of 3, they'll be in good shape.  To top things off, Masahiro Tanaka will likely take on Kazuyuki Hoashi in game 1.

Both the Fighters and the Hawks haven't been playing well over the last few days.  This could potentially be a VERY interesting match-up to keep your eye on because of that.  Shugo Fujii will most likely take on D.J. Houlton in the first game.

And the Buffaloes and Marines will battle it out for 5th and 6th place.  Mamoru Kishida will likely take on Yoshihisa Naruse.

Won-Loss Breakdown

Fighters Hawks Eagles Lions Marines Buffaloes
Fighters - 9 (0) 11 12 (0) 11 10 (0) 11 17 (0) 6 14 (0) 6
Hawks 11 (0) 9 - 9 (0) 11 12 (2) 10 10 (1) 13 11 (0) 12
Eagles 11 (0) 12 11 (0) 9 - 9 (0) 10 12 (0) 10 17 (1) 4
Lions 11 (0) 10 10 (2) 12 10 (0) 9 - 9 (0) 12 15 (0) 9
Marines 6 (0) 17 13 (1) 10 10 (0) 12 12 (0) 9 - 7 (0) 14
Buffaloes 6 (0) 14 12 (0) 11 4 (1) 17 9 (0) 15 14 (0) 7 -

Remaining Games

Fighters Hawks Eagles Lions Marines Buffaloes
Fighters - 4 1 3 1 4
Hawks 4 - 4 0 0 1
Eagles 1 5 - 5 2 1
Lions 3 0 5 - 3 0
Marines 1 0 2 3 - 3
Buffaloes 4 1 2 0 3 -