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Toshiya Sugiuchi to start Game 1 of the Final Stage?

by on Sep.29, 2010 @ 5:20 pm, under NPB

It seems the Softbank Hawks will go with Toshiya Sugiuchi (SOF) as their starter for game 1 of the Final Stage.  Seems it was a toss-up between Tsuyoshi Wada and Sugiuchi, but Suiguchi had better overall numbers against Lotte, Seibu, and Nippon Ham.

HAM Seibu Lotte
GS W L IP SO ERA WHIP GS W L IP SO ERA WHIP GS W L IP SO ERA WHIP
Sugiuchi 6 5 1 49.0 52 1.29 0.88 5 2 2 30.0 31 4.20 1.60 5 4 1 33.1 45 5.13 1.23
Wada 2 0 2 11.0 7 9.82 1.73 5 1 4 28.0 23 8.04 1.68 4 3 0 32.0 41 1.13 0.91

Note: Both of Sugiuchi's losses against the Seibu Lions came at Seibu Dome.  At home vs the Lions, Sugiuchi is 2-0 in 3 starts with a 2.57 ERA.