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Pacific League takes top 6 spots in Inter-league standings

by on Jun.03, 2010 @ 11:08 am, under NPB

The Pacific League took over sole possession of the top 6 spots in the Inter-league standings after last night's slate of games.  The only time the PL has ever held the top 6 spots in the IL standings was on 5/22/2007 when all six PL teams won on the first day of Inter-league play.

Comments from PL managers:

Norifumi Nishimura (11-5, 1st place LOT) - What does it mean?  I wonder what it means.  I'm not really sure.  The [IL] standings really don't mean much.

Hisanobu Watanabe (10-6, T-2nd place SEI) - Maybe it's just coincidence.  We've never really been that strong [during Inter-league play].

Akinobu Okada (10-6, T-2nd place ORI) - I thought the PL was strong right from the start.  If you have two good starters, you don't really need any more than that during Inter-league play.  Last year the WBC meant a few pitchers had a last start, but this year everyone is on equal footing.

Marty Brown (9-6-1, 4th place RAK) - Honestly, I don't know what the reason is, but there are better quality starters in the PL.  The CL has a lot of good middle relievers and closers, but I think starting pitching plays a bigger role.

Masataka Nashida (7-5-1, 5th place HAM) - You can say the PL is strong, but we're not.  We're in last place (regular season standings) so I have no idea.  I think you should talk to the teams above us.

Koji Akiyama (8-7, 6th place SOF) - So the PL owns the top 6 spots.  That's not good news.  I need them to lose more.