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Running Even - May 4, 2013

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Michael Westbay has been blogging about Pro Yakyu since before the word "blog" entered the vernacular. Here he writes about Pro Yakyu in general, and the Yokohama BayStars in particular.

Running Even - May 4, 2013

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Yokohama's Norihiro Nakamura and Chunichi's Motonobu Tanishige are now running neck and neck on the road to 2,000 hits. Nori went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored in the BayStars' 11-1 slaying of the Dragons this afternoon, while Tanishige managed just one hit and scored the only Dragon run. With Tanishige bitting .455 so far this season against his former team, I'm expecting him to surpass the 2,000 hit mark first.

If you've read much of my writing over the years when we play against Chunichi, you'll notice that I speak a lot about how Tanishige seems to continually burn us. But are my allegations valid? Let's take a look at how Tanishige has done against Yokohama over the past several years.

2009: .283, 3 HR, 12 RBI versus Yokohama; .208, 9 HR, 33 RBI on season
2010: .213, 2 HR, 6 RBI versus Yokohama; .244, 7 HR, 32 RBI on season
2011: .289, 1 HR, 4 RBI versus Yokohama; .256, 6 HR, 31 RBI on season
2012: .273, 1 HR, 4 RBI versus Yokohama; .228, 5 HR, 32 RBI on season
2013: .455, 1 HR, 6 RBI versus Yokohama; .302, 2 HR, 14 RBI on season so far

A quick scan of how he performed against other Central League teams shows that he mainly dominated the BayStars in 2009, the Giants in 2010, the Giants and Yakult in 2011, Yakult in 2012, and back to Yokohama with shades of Swallow dominance in 2013 (so far).

Hmmm. After looking at that, I may be over-estimating Tanishige's impact against us the past couple of years. But it sure does seem like he comes trough with a critical RBI just when it hurts us the most.
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