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Softbank Hawks to lose 43 victories from their starting rotation

by on Dec.19, 2011 @ 11:57 am, under NPB

It is official.

The Softbank Hawks will be losing three of their front-line starting pitchers this winter: Tsuyoshi Wada (Baltimore Orioles), Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri Giants), and D.J. Houlton (Yomiuri Giants).

That is a trio of arms that went 43-18 last season, which is close to half the 88 victories the team won (all three also averaged about 12-13 victories over the last three seasons).

The Hawks still have Tadashi Settsu (14-8, 2.79 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) and Kazuyuki Hoashi (9-6, 2.83 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) will be joining the team.  That gives them two definite starters for the rotation.

The rest of the rotation will likely be filled out by pitchers like Hiroki Yamada (17 G, 17 GS, 7-7, 2.85 ERA, 1.09 WHIP), Sho Iwasaki (13 G, 13 GS, 6-2, 2.72 ERA, 1.16 WHIP), Shota Oba (13 G, 8 GS, 7-2, 2.55 ERA, 1.09 WHIP), and Kenji Otanari (9 G, 4 GS, 3-0, 2.34 ERA, 0.75 WHIP).

I'm guessing the Hawks will also probably search for another foreign starter, but it won't be easy replacing Houlton.

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Starters Leaving

Player G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
Wada, Tsuyoshi 26 16 5 0 4 2 726 184.2 145 7 40 4 168 5 0 33 31 1.51 1.00
Sugiuchi, Toshiya 23 8 7 0 7 3 676 171.1 122 8 49 8 177 5 0 40 37 1.94 1.00
Houlton, D.J. 26 19 6 0 3 2 680 172.1 132 8 36 7 121 2 0 43 42 2.19 0.97

3 comments on “Softbank Hawks to lose 43 victories from their starting rotation

  1. Jim

    Softbank has done a good job of knowing this day would come and is set up well for the future. However, replacing Houlton and Sugiuchi won’t be easy. I feel the Hawks could have (and should have) done a better job with their salary negotiations with those two. They didn’t seem to even make an attempt to keep Houlton, and too much damage was done with Sugiuchi’s salary negotiations last year for him to return, I think.

  2. tristan

    I believe that losing Wada, Sugiuchi, and Houlton is a blessing in disguise. It’s definitely a good opportunity for the young guys to step up and prove their worth. Arakaki has showed that he could still pitch as well.

    They definitely need another foreign starter though. I just don’t know who’s still out there. (Oswalt? lol)

  3. Alex

    I hate the Giants. Seriously, I can’t remember the last time they didn’t raid the Nippon League champion, especially if they are a Pacific League team.

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