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[3/27/2014] Tokyo Sports 2014 NPB Predictions

by on Mar.27, 2014 @ 3:16 pm, under NPB
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Tokyo Sports' baseball analysts provide their predictions for the 2014 season.

Central League

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Oshita, Tsuyoshi Yomiuri Hiroshima Hanshin Chunichi Yokohama Yakult
Uno, Masaru Yomiuri Hiroshima Chunichi Hanshin Yokohama Yakult
Tokutsu, Takahiro Yomiuri Hanshin Hiroshima Yokohama Chunichi Yakult
Otomo, Susumu Yomiuri Hiroshima Chunichi Hanshin Yokohama Yakult
Maeda, Yukinaga Yomiuri Hiroshima Yokohama Hanshin Chunichi Yakult
Asai, Hideki Yomiuri Chunichi Hanshin Yakult Yokohama Hiroshima

Pacific League

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Oshita, Tsuyoshi Softbank Rakuten Lotte Seibu Orix Nippon Ham
Uno, Masaru Softbank Rakuten Lotte Orix Seibu Nippon Ham
Tokutsu, Takahiro Softbank Lotte Rakuten Seibu Orix Nippon Ham
Otomo, Susumu Softbank Nippon Ham Seibu Rakuten Orix Lotte
Maeda, Yukinaga Softbank Lotte Rakuten Seibu Nippon Ham Orix
Asai, Hideki Rakuten Softbank Orix Lotte Seibu Nippon Ham

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/27/2014

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Sponichi: 2012 Central League Predictions

by on Mar.28, 2012 @ 3:37 pm, under NPB
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Sponichi posted their 2012 Central League predictions.

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Sponichi Analyst Predictions for the CL

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Isao Harimoto YOM CHU HAN YAK HIR YOK
Osamu Higashio YOM CHU YAK HIR HAN YOK
Kazuhiko Ushijima CHU YOM YAK HIR HAN YOK
Hiromi Makihara YOM CHU HIR HAN YAK YOK
Shigekazu Mori YOM CHU HAN YAK HIR YOK
Sadaaki Yoshimura YOM YAK CHU HAN HIR YOK
Michiyo Arito HAN YOM HIR CHU YAK YOK
Keishi Suzuki YOM HAN YAK CHU HIR YOK
Katsumi Hirosawa YOM HAN CHU YAK HIR YOK
Akihiro Yano HAN YOM YAK CHU HIR YOK
Norihiro Akahoshi YOM HAN CHU HIR YAK YOK
Shinji Sasaoka HIR YOM YAK HAN CHU YOK
Yasumitsu Toyoda YOM YAK CHU YOK HAN HIR
Yoshiharu Wakana YOM CHU HAN YAK HIR YOK
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Sponichi Baseball Analysts Predict the 2010 Central League Standings

by on Mar.25, 2010 @ 1:50 pm, under NPB
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Sponichi has posted their standing predictions for the Central League.

Here's a quick overview:

8 of 11 analysts think the Yomiuri Giants will win the CL pennant.  Of the remaining three, two selected the Hanshin Tigers and one selected the Hiroshima Carp.

7 of 11 analysts think the Chunichi Dragons will finish in second place.  The three that didn't pick the Giants to win the CL pennant selected the Giants as the team to finish in second.  The remaining analyst selected the Tigers.

The Yokohama Bay Stars were selected to finish in last place by 6 analysts.  Of the remaining six, five selected the Hiroshima Carp and one selected the Yakult Swallows.

By assigning points to the finishes in each of the predicted standing, I came up with this overall prediction:

  1. Yomiuri Giants
  2. Chunichi Dragons
  3. Hanshin Tigers
  4. Yakult Swallows
  5. Hiroshima Carp
  6. Yokohama Bay Stars

(I have gone back and added this for the PL Sponichi predictions I posted earlier.)

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Sponichi Baseball Analysts Predict the 2010 Pacific League Standings

by on Mar.19, 2010 @ 2:54 pm, under NPB
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Six of eleven Sponichi baseball analysts picked the Seibu Lions to finish in first this year; four picked the Nippon Ham Fighters; The Sofbank Hawks and the Orix Buffaloes got one vote each.

Three analysts picked the Rakuten Eagles to finish in dead last while the rest all seemed to think they'd finish somewhere in the middle of the pack: 2 third place finishes, 3 fourth place finishes, and 3 fifth place finishes.

The analysts all seemed to think the Chiba Lotte Marines wouldn't finish any higher than fourth place - 3 fourth place finishes, 5 fifth place finishes and 3 last place finishes.

The Buffaloes were selected to finish in last the most number of time with five analysts chiming in.  Things weren't quite as clear for the other analysts: 1 first place finish, 1 second place finish, 1 third place finish, 1 fourth place finish, and 2 fifth place finishes.

Based on all their picks, it seems the Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, and Nippon Ham Fighters will be the teams that finish in the top three.

Here's a combined standing predictions I put together by allotting points to the various finishes, adding them up, and then ordering them from high to low.

  1. Nippon Ham Fighters (tied with Lions)
  2. Seibu Lions (tied with Fighters)
  3. Softbank Hawks
  4. Orix Buffaloes
  5. Rakuten Eagles
  6. Chiba Lotte Marines
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