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[10/26/2013] Nippon Series News and Notes

by on Oct.27, 2013 @ 2:24 am, under NPB

Announced Starters for Game 2

Tomoyuki Sugano (Yomiuri) vs Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten)

General News

Yoshihiko Miyauchi is now the interim commissioner.  Since he could not modify his schedule in time for the Nippon Series, NPB Secretary General Atsushi Ihara and and NPB Deputy Secretary General Shoji Numazawa will handle business matters.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2013

Interim NPB chairman Shunsuke Takeda was at the opening ceremony for the Nippon Series.  Miyauchi was unable to attend.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2013

Yomiuri Giants

Prior to Saturday's game, the Giants were 16-17 when playing first game of the Nippon Series.  They went on to win thirteen of the sixteen series in which they won the first game.  Three of the thirteen have been under Tatsunori Hara.

Source: Sanspo 10/26/213

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka threw thirty-four pitches in the bullpen at Kleenex Stadium on Friday.  Many expected him to get the Game 1 start, but the Eagles wanted to give their ace an extra day of rest (it was also his request) and will likely have him start Game 2.  This also still leaves open the possibility of a Game 6 start (if it goes that far).

Source: Sports Hochi 10/26/2013

According to Sponichi, against Tanaka, opponents are batting .322 on the first pitch, .345 with no strikes, .246 with one strike, and .144 with two strikes.  Of the six home runs he allowed this year, five were hit with no strikes.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2013

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Takahiro Norimoto is the third rookie in NPB history to start the first game of a Nippon Series, first since Taketoshi Ogami for Nankai in 1952.  He threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen on the 24th in preparation for his Game 1 start.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/26/2013

The first rookie was Nobuo Oshima for Shochiku in 1950.  The last rookie to start a Nippon Series game (any game) was Mitsuo Yoshikawa for Nippon Ham in 2007 (Game 4).

Source: Daily Sports 10/26/2013

Norimoto struck out ten batters during Saturday's game and became the seventeenth player (second rookie) in Nippon Series history to record double-digit strikeouts in one game.

Source: Daily Sports 10/26/2013

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Despite the rain on Friday night, fans with unreserved outfield seat tickets were seen taping down place holders just outside the entrance to the seating area.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2013

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The Eagles will open Kleenex Stadium to fans for Games 3, 4, and 5.  Admission will be free.  The first 10,000 fans to each game will receive a free Nippon Series Commemorative Post Card.

Source: official announcement

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The Eagles decided to sell three hundred tickets (per game) with poor sight lines.

Source: Sponichi 10/26/2013

Sanspo Nippon Series Predictions

Sanspo baseball analysts Takenori Emoto, Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Takehiko Kobayakawa, and Hiroki Nomura all feel the Giants will win the Nippon Series.  Emoto: 4-2.  Wakamatsu: 4-2.  Kobayakawa: 4-3.  Nomura: 4-2.

Bottom line: Eagles do not have enough hitting (Giants just have to be careful with Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee) or pitching (Takahiro Norimoto and, what might appear to be a slightly tired, Masahiro Tanaka are not enough) to beat the Giants' strong bullpen and balanced line-up.

Source: Sanspo 10/26/2013