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Saito next outing will be as a starter against the Yokohama Bay Stars (at Yokohama) on the 13th. He is expected to pitch 5 innings and throw 60-80 pitches.
Saito threw 70 pitches in the bullpen before his outing against the Yomiuri Giants yesterday.
Saito will not be traveling with the team for their upcoming road-trip, but instead headed to Kamagaya today to continue his training. He'll be rejoining the team on the 12th, a day before a scheduled outing against the Yokohama Bay Stars on the 13th. Yu Darvish is also at Kamagaya.
Sanspo is carrying the following comments from Saito (taken yesterday):
On looking back to your outing [against the Yomiuri Giants]...
I was able to pitch my game. I can't really put a grade on it, but I think things are getting better. And my goal for the game was the same as always: keeping my pitches down and working on my fastball.
Your thoughts on the Giants' line-up...
It was scary having to face [that line-up]. And I felt a strong aura from Abe-san. It really felt like they had a lot of really great hitters in the line-up.
On getting Sakamoto to fly out to center...
He did end up flying out to center, but he also hit the ball right on the button. I need to get in on him a little more.
You started him off with a fork...
I thought he might go fishing.
You threw a lot of two-seamers to the left-handed batters....
I think I may have thrown the two-seamer a little too much. I think it's a pitch I can use. [But] I really need to use my fastball more. I need to think things over.
One your "first pro victory"...
I'm happy about it. Does it make me feel more confident? Not yet. I only threw 3 innings and there's still a long road ahead of me.
Any pitches you felt good about?
I'm starting to get my slider over well. I think I have a better feel for it. I still need more time with my fork. I need them to swing [and miss] on that pitch, but they're still able to check their swings. I want to increase the number of pitches I can use.
Your goals moving forward?
I want to decrease the number of times batters hit the ball square.
You're next outing will be a start against the Yokohama Bay Stars...
More innings means a different style of pitching. [I need to set the rhythm and] not let the batters get to me.