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NPB: Nihon Seimei MVP Award for September 2015

by on Oct.06, 2015 @ 5:27 pm, under NPB

Central League

Nihon Seimei MVP Awards

Masanori Ishikawa, Yakult Swallows (Third Time)
5 G, 5-0, 0 ShO, 29.2 IP, 13 SO, 4 ER, 1.21 ERA

Only pitcher in the Central League to win five games in a month this year. Started five games in September and pitched at least five innings in each without allowing more than one run. Came up with a big win on September 27 against Yomiuri.

Tetsuto Yamada, Yakult Swallows (Fourth Time, third in a row)
20 G, 24-for-72, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 8 SB, .347 BA

Third straight MVP of the Month award. He led the league in batting average (.347) and stolen bases (8). He stole his thirtieth base of the season on September 6. He joins Alex Ramirez (July - September 2007) as the only players to win MVP of the Month awards three consecutive times.

Pacific League

Nihon Seimei MVP Awards

Ayumu Ishikawa, Chiba Lotte Marines (First Time)
5 G, 4-1, 0 ShO, 33.0 IP, 18 SO, 8 ER, 2.18 ERA

He started five games in September and led the league with four wins. He recorded back-to-back wins on September 2 (Nippon Ham, two runs, seven innings) and 8 (Rakuten, one runs, even innings), then lost a game against Nippon Ham on September 16, before recording wins on September 22 (Rakuten, zero runs, seven innings) and 28 (Seibu, two runs, six innings). First Lotte pitcher to win an MVP of the Month since Yoshihisa Naruse in September 2007.

Yuki Yanagita, Softbank Hawks (Third Time, second in a row)
24 G, 32-for-88, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 9 SB, .364 AVG

He played in twenty-two games in September and led the league in batting average (.364), runs (22), total bases (57), stolen bases (9), on base percentage (.545), and slugging percentage (.750). He recorded a game-winning home run on September 2 against Seibu in the 12th inning. Second straight MVP of the Month. He joins Doug Jennings (July-August 1995) and Ichiro Suzuki (June-July 1998) as the only hitters to win MVP of the Month awards in two back-to-back months.