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Nippon Ham Fighters: March 28, 2010

by on Mar.28, 2010 @ 10:06 pm, under NPB

=== 3/29/2010 3:26am JST

...Yu Darvish only threw his one-seamer twice during last starting on Saturday -- he apparently threw 24 during his first start.  It seems he also suffered a small cut on his right thumb while throwing an off-speed pitch during the game.

=== 10:06pm JST

...From Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines:

...Hisahi Takeda self-imploded in his third consecutive outing.  After giving up an RBI double to Tsuyoshi Nishioka and loading the bases with an IBB, Takeda managed to strike out Tadahito Iguchi for the second out of the inning.  Still clinging to a 6-5, Takeda faced Tae-Gyun Kim for the second straight night with the bases loaded.  And once again, just like on Saturday, Takeda gave up a 2-run single.  Unfortunately, this time around it was enough to win the game.

Takeda's final line: 0.2 IP, 7 BF, 30 NP, 4 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 3 R, 3 ER.

...It seems Takeda has, at the very least, temporarily lost his job as team closer after three consecutive bad outings.  Brian Wolfe will now be stepping into the closer role.

...Makoto Kaneko was demoted to Ni-gun with pain in his left flank.  The Fighters were initially taking a wait-and-see approach with Kaneko since he first started feeling the pain during practice on the 26th.  But since his condition didn't appear to be improving all that much, they decided to send him to Ni-gun where he can get rest without eating up a spot on the active roster.  Masataka Nashida told reporters that Kaneko will likely get his left flank checked out at a hospital on Monday.

4 comments on “Nippon Ham Fighters: March 28, 2010

  1. EJH

    It’s good to hear that Takeda has finally lost his job as closer, 4 games and one blown championship opportunity too late of course. The next guy that needs to be reassigned is Nashida, preferably to the unemployment line. It is a damn shame to see this special team being wasted by such a stupid, stubborn manager.

    Also, regarding the closer position, any team that does not have a pitcher that is naturally an intimidating closer like Sasaki or Eckersley or maybe even Kroon, should just use the best pitcher for a given situation, even there is an opportunity for a save. The 9th inning should not be treated differently than the 6th, 7th, or 8th.

    Takeda used to be a terrific relief pitcher. Then, they went and named him the closer and his sphincter tightened up. Now he is all but ruined. Who cares which guy gets the damn save?!?! Just use the best pitcher for the situation and forget about save stats.

    Of course, that would require a manager with balls and brains and Nashida has neither.

    1. Spartie

      I’m still pissed that Micheal Nakamura was condemned to exile in the Giants bullpen. I said no good could come of it… especially when they assign Takeda, who has a hanging slider as his “out” pitch. Then this off-season the F’s lose a good deal of their power and back it up with a whole lotta nothing. And as much as I dislike Nioka, he makes more sense than Konta as second in the batting order. Brian Wolfe should be comfortable, the Fighters are shaping up to be just like the Toronto Blue Jays. Just sit back and relax, my friends… its gonna be a long season.

      1. Gen Post author

        The Nakamura trade really was a stinker for the Fighters. Trading him to the Giants could only mean lower value because of how many arms they already had at the time of the trade.

        Nakamura isn’t even on the Ichi-gun roster right now. And the thing is, it’s hard to tell if Nakamura just suddenly lost it, is hurt, is going through a rough patch, or hasn’t been able to make the necessary adjustments to pitch in the CL.

        Moving from a pitcher friendly Sapporo Dome to a hitter friendly Tokyo Dome probably didn’t help Nakamura much either.

        1. EJH

          Nakamura was awful at the end for Ham. Trading him was a good move, although I would never recommend dealing with the Giants. Forgetting Nioka for a moment (something that I try to do every game), Hayashi is a much better pitcher that Nakamura. I had no idea at the time, but Hayashi was the best player in that trade.

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