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Help! I'm a Month Behind
What has happened in the last couple of weeks? I usually chirp in once a week. But now we have a new phone company, and in the process of switching over, we have very iffy Internet access for now. Not to mention having one illness after another. So if anybody can help me catch up on what's happened, I'll be very grateful.
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Re: Help! I'm a Month Behind
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Jul 15, 2009 12:40 AM | YBS Fan ]

Wow. That's a lot of catching up to do. Where to start?

Well, it was June 15 (one month ago) when the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks moved their Magic Number to 2 for the inter-league season-in-a-season. They went on to win inter-league for a second year in a row. They've been swapping first place back and forth with the Fighters ever since.

The Hanshin Tigers settled into fifth place in the Central League standings to stay. Well, the BayStars have come within a stone toss to the Tigers, but can't seem to quite catch their tail - yet.

And speaking of the BayStars, they've been beating up on Yakult, and with the win in Hiroshima last night (July 14), they've won three in a row for the first time this season. It's been a tough year for the 'Stars.

Standing from the end of play on June 14 to July July 13 were as follows:

Central League:

1 Giants 34(6)18 .654 - --> 1 46(7)24 .657 -
2 Yakult 32-22 .593 3GB --> 2 41-31 .569 6GB
3 Chunichi 29(1)28 .509 7.5 --> 3 43(1)33 .566 6
4 Hiroshima 27(3)27 .500 8 --> 4 34(3)38 .472 13
5 Hanshin 22(3)31 .415 12.5 --> 5 29(4)41 .414 17
6 Yokohama 18-38 .321 18 --> 6 26-49 .347 22.5

Pacific League:

1 Nippon Ham 33(1)23 .589 - --> 2 43(1)31 .581 1.5GB
2 SoftBank 32(2)24 .571 1GB --> 1 44(2)29 .603 -
3 Seibu 29(3)26 .527 3.5 --> 3 39(3)36 .520 6
4 Rakuten 28-28 .500 5 --> 4 34-41 .453 11
5 Lotte 25(3)29 .463 7 --> 5 32(3)41 .438 12
6 Orix 21-36 .368 12.5 --> 6 29-46 .387 16

Rakuten suffered a long losing streak right after Nomura-kantoku's birthday (the first where his team was at or above .500 since dinosaurs ruled the Earth), erupting in a great deal of pessimistic boyaki from the always interesting manager.

A couple of batting records were broken, one by Lotte and the other by the Swallows.

Korean closer Lin, for Yakult, had a 0.00 ERA up until last weekend, right after the Swallows said that they were exercising their option for a third year to his contract. (This has a number of U.S. scouts upset, thinking that they were going to be able to whisk him away at the end of the season.)

Koshien's regional tournaments have gotten underway.

As always, you can go through the various forums (especially Pro Yakyu News headlines) and catch up. I was out at Matsuri all weekend and have fallen a few days behind myself, so I know how it feels.
Re: Help! I'm a Month Behind
[ Author: number9 | Posted: Jul 15, 2009 1:34 AM ]

Lim signed for security over a high reward high risk option, American scouts need to do their homework.
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