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.