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Yakult Swallows pushing the panic button

by on May.07, 2010 @ 3:57 pm, under NPB

It appears the Yakult Swallows no longer want to waste any more time (the team will be sending scouts over to the US to see if there is anyone available that could help right away) waiting for Aaron Guiel and Jamie D'Antona to turn things around this season.

While it may seem unfair that the Swallows place so much emphasis of their offensive performance on two foreign players, it makes sense based on they have constructed their team.  Outside of Norichika Aoki, the Swallows really don't have too many offensive threats in the line-up.  Four players hit double-digit homers last season and only two of those players managed to hit more than 20: D'Antona with 21 and Guiel with 27.

Guiel and D'Antona were also the only two players in the line-up to drive in 80 or more RBI: Guiel had 80 RBI and D'Antona had 83 RBI.  Outside of these two players, no one else in the line-up had more than 66 RBI (Aoki).  While RBIs aren't always the best indicator for how valuable a player is offensively, it does help illustrate the team's value of a player, i.e., the Swallows are obviously putting the two players in run-producing slots

Here is a top 5 list of RC27s for the Swallows in 2009:

Player RC27
Aaron Guiel 6.99
Norichika Aoki 6.69
Jamie D'Antona 5.43
Shinya Miaymoto 4.54
Kazuki Fukichi 4.26

Aaron Guiel 2010 Season

Guiel was batting .318 back on 4/10.  Since then, he's played in 17 games and has gone 7-for-61 (.115) with 3 HR, 4 R, and 5 RBI while the team has gone 4-15-1.

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO DP AVG SLG OBP OPS
31 130 105 13 21 2 0 9 50 16 0 3 0 0 19 6 30 2 .200 .476 .354 .830

Jamie D'Antona 2010 Season

D'Antona's batting average was at .304 on 4/15.  Since then, he's played in 14 games and has gone 5-for-42 (.119) with 1 HR, 1 R, and 5 RBI while the team has gone 3-12-1.

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO DP AVG SLG OBP OPS
32 122 111 9 26 5 0 6 49 24 0 0 0 2 8 1 43 3 .234 .441 .287 .733

3 comments on “Yakult Swallows pushing the panic button

  1. Steve

    A sample size of 14 and 17 games is hardly anything to panic about. If Swallows management is micro-managing their players’ successes with that degree of detail they will get nowhere. Guiel’s OPS is still quite respectable.

    I don’t think Guiel and D’Antona gave up 8 runs/game to the Giants this week, did they? Or 5.5 runs/game last week?

    1. Gen Post author

      No doubt. After all, it is a long season.

      And more than Guiel and D’Antona, the problem with the Swallows’ offense is that it relies on those two guys too much. They really need other options. Signing more foreigners isn’t going to provide that.

    2. Eric

      Fair points, but you need to remember that foreign suketto are typically given a MUCH shorter leash than Japanese players in NPB. They’re expected to produce immediately and consistently, or find themselves exiled to 2-gun or, just as likely, on a plane home.

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