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Yuki Saito News and Notes: March 7, 2011

by on Mar.07, 2011 @ 3:00 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated with information as it becomes available so keep checking back if you have any interest in Yuki Saito.

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Saito next outing will be as a starter against the Yokohama Bay Stars (at Yokohama) on the 13th.  He is expected to pitch 5 innings and throw 60-80 pitches.

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Saito threw 70 pitches in the bullpen before his outing against the Yomiuri Giants yesterday.

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Saito will not be traveling with the team for their upcoming road-trip, but instead headed to Kamagaya today to continue his training.  He'll be rejoining the team on the 12th, a day before a scheduled outing against the Yokohama Bay Stars on the 13th.  Yu Darvish is also at Kamagaya.

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Sanspo is carrying the following comments from Saito (taken yesterday):

On looking back to your outing [against the Yomiuri Giants]...

I was able to pitch my game.  I can't really put a grade on it, but I think things are getting better.  And my goal for the game was the same as always: keeping my pitches down and working on my fastball.

Your thoughts on the Giants' line-up...

It was scary having to face [that line-up].  And I felt a strong aura from Abe-san.  It really felt like they had a lot of really great hitters in the line-up.

On getting Sakamoto to fly out to center...

He did end up flying out to center, but he also hit the ball right on the button.  I need to get in on him a little more.

You started him off with a fork...

I thought he might go fishing.

You threw a lot of two-seamers to the left-handed batters....

I think I may have thrown the two-seamer a little too much.  I think it's a pitch I can use.  [But] I really need to use my fastball more.  I need to think things over.

One your "first pro victory"...

I'm happy about it.  Does it make me feel more confident?  Not yet.  I only threw 3 innings and there's still a long road ahead of me.

Any pitches you felt good about?

I'm starting to get my slider over well.  I think I have a better feel for it.  I still need more time with my fork.  I need them to swing [and miss] on that pitch, but they're still able to check their swings.  I want to increase the number of pitches I can use.

Your goals moving forward?

I want to decrease the number of times batters hit the ball square.

You're next outing will be a start against the Yokohama Bay Stars...

More innings means a different style of pitching.  [I need to set the rhythm and] not let the batters get to me.