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Softbank, Nippon Ham, Rakuten, Lotte: April 30, 2012

by on Apr.30, 2012 @ 3:12 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

According to Nikkan Sports, Yuichi Honda has been battling neck pains for about a week.

Honda's consecutive games streak ended at 352 on Sunday, one day after his every inning of every game streak ended at 293.

Nippon Ham Fighters

If Bobby Keppel needs his right shoulder cleaned out, he might miss up to four months of the season.


According to Nikkan Sports: Six pitchers have won ten MVP of the Month awards and eight position players have won twelve MVP of the Month awards since the Fighters moved to Sapporo.  Yu Darvish leads all pitchers with five; Atsunori Inaba leads all position players with four.  The last Nippon Ham pitcher to win the award for March/April: Darvish in 2008.  The last position player: Fernando Seguignol in 2004.

If Masaru Takeda and Inaba win the MVP of the Month for March/April, they will become the first Fighters to win the award in the same month since Darvish and Inaba in May 2009.

Rakuten Eagles

Yoshinao Kamata started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Sunday and tossed four shutout innings.  He faced fifteen batters, threw seventy-one pitches, allowed one hit, walked two, hit one, and struck out one.  This was Kamata's first Ni-gun start.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yuki Karakawa picked Kenji Akashi (SOF) off first base in the 1st inning on Sunday.  Sponichi notes the amount of time he took before making the three pick-offs throws to first: 0.9 seconds, 2.8 seconds, and 3.0 seconds.

4 comments on “Softbank, Nippon Ham, Rakuten, Lotte: April 30, 2012

  1. Steve Novosel

    There’s no question Inaba should be the MVP, but Takeda? Only if you look at W/L exclusively. He doesn’t lead in any category but wins. Looks like Kishi has had the best month overall, especially when considering how crappy his team has been.

    1. Gen Post author

      I agree, Takeda was not the best pitcher in the PL last month. But he also wasn’t that bad.

      More than likely though would be Kishi or Yoshikawa.

      Kishi: 4 GS, 1 CG, 3-1, 32.1 IP, 26 SO, 7 BB, 0.87 WHIP, 0.84 ERA
      Yoshikawa: 5 GS, 0 CG, 2-2, 35 IP, 19 SO, 9 BB, 0.83 WHIP, 0.77 ERA

      After that, maybe:

      Kisanuki: 4 GS, 2 CG, 2-2, 31.0 IP, 18 SO, 7 BB, 0.81 WHIP, 1.16 ERA
      Takeda: 5 GS, 2 CG, 4-0, 37.1 IP, 12 SO, 5 BB, 0.83 WHIP, 1.12 ERA
      Settsu: 5 GS, 4-0, 37.0 IP, 25 SO, 10 BB, 1.08 WHIP, 1.46 ERA

      BTW, the NPB lists the following candidates (as of April 23): Mitsuo Yoshikawa (HAM), Hiroshi Kisanuki (ORI), Takayuki Kishi (SEI), Yuki Saito (HAM), Tadashi Settsu (SOF), Hirotoshi Masui (HAM), Masahiko Morifuku (SOF), and Brian Falkenborg (SOF).


      As for why I brought up Takeda in the first place: it was because the Nikkan Sports article mentioned him within the context of the past Nippon Ham MVP of the month winners.

    2. Steve Novosel

      Oh, I know why you brought up Takeda, I was just pointing out that he has been very good, but probably not good enough to win the award.

      If my boy Greisinger hadn’t skipped a start due to rain out, he’d probably win it. 3-0 (should be 4-0 except for $&%#! Yabuta), 1 ER, 28K in 29 1/3 IP. Awesome. So far the best pick-up of the year!

    3. Gen Post author

      Greisinger has done a great job with Lotte. I wasn’t really sure what kind of pitcher he was going to be after two somewhat inconsistent seasons with Yomiuri. Granted, he also had problems with his elbow that culminated in surgery before the 2011 season.

      But those struggles also probably allowed Lotte to sign Greisinger for pretty cheap.

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