The Rakuten Eagles can clinch first in the Pacific League as early as the 24th if...
- Rakuten wins their next three games -- 22nd and 23rd vs Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome, 24th vs Seibu at Seibu Dome
- Softbank beats Lotte on the 22nd and 23rd at QVC Marine
- Softbank loses to Orix at YafuOku Dome on the 24th
- Lotte loses to Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome on the 24th
Incidentally, as of this post, Lotte has a 1-0 lead over Softbank in the 5th.
Source: Sponichi 9/22/2013