Archives for May 2009

5/31/09 – Chiba (Away)

May 31st, 2009 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7 Chiba Lotte Marines 1 Streak:  Won 1   Last 5: LWWLW (Chiba Marine Stadium) While the rain fell down over Tokyo, the skies remained sunny over Chiba Marine Stadium as Yakult coasted to a straightforward victory against the Marines. Ryo Kawashima started for the birds and had one […]

5/30/09 – Chiba (Away)

May 30th, 2009 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 Chiba Lotte Marines 6 Streak:  Lost 1   Last 5: LLWWL (Chiba Marine Stadium)   Yuki Tanaka struggled in his second start of the season, allowing Chiba a big early lead from which Yakult couldn’t recover. Yuki lasted only three innings, giving up five runs off five hits […]

5/28/09 – Orix (Home)

May 28th, 2009 Orix Buffaloes  0 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Streak: Won 2   Last 5: LLLWW (Jingu Stadium) Seven battling innings from Shohei Tateyama combined with some timely hitting carried Tokyo to victory in rainswept conditions on Thurday evening. It rained continuously throughout the game, with conditions becoming more and more difficult as the […]

5/27/09 – Orix (Home)

May 27th, 2009 Orix Buffaloes  4 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: WLLLW (Jingu Stadium) The Swallows’ North American contingent of D’Antona and Guiel batted in four of the five Tokyo runs as Yakult’s streak of losses was halted at three. Yoshinori took the mound to start for the birds and […]

TPR's Seijigiri Live! Thursday, June 4th

This has nothing to do with baseball.  It does, however, have to do with Trans-Pacific Radio, which produces and distributes Messrs. Watkins and Pellegrini’s NPB on TPR pro yakyu podcasts and whose co-founder is the Tsubamegun‘s Mr. DeOrio. On Thursday, June 4th at 7:30 p.m., Garrett DeOrio and Ken Worsley will present and record a […]

5/25/09 – Fukuoka SoftBank (Home)

May 25th, 2009 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 3 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 3     Last 5: LWLLL (Jingu Stadium) Tokyo continued their series of matchups against Japan’s finest starting pitchers (AKA the Interleague schedule) as they faced SoftBank’s Sugiuchi looking to avoid their third consecutive loss. Yakult countered with Ishikawa taking the mound […]

5/24/09 – Fukuoka SoftBank (Home)

May 24th, 2009 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 8 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5 Streak: Lost 2     Last 5: WLWLL (Jingu Stadium) Tokyo made a late attempt at a comeback after going behind 7-0 but it was a case of too little too late as they were brushed aside by the Interleague pace-setting Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. […]

5/23/09 – Hokkaido (Away)

May 23rd, 2009   Tokyo Yakult Swallows  0 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3  Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWLWL (Sapporo Dome) Two days after being shutout on two hits by Rakuten ace Tanaka, Yakult got to try their hand against another of Japan’s top-tier starters, Yu Darvish. But unlike against Tanaka, Tokyo managed to rack up eight […]

5/22/09 – Hokkaido (Away)

May 22nd, 2009   Tokyo Yakult Swallows  3 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters  2 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: WWWLW (Sapporo Dome) In what was initially thought to be a Darvish-Tateyama faceoff, Swallows fans were a bit relieved to hear that former Tokyo southpaw, Shugo Fujii, would be taking the mound instead. Not that Fujii (3-2; 4.50) isn’t […]

How good is that pitcher? Look at his RIP.

New progress in the ever-evolving conundrum of making baseball statistics useful and meaningful. Much progress has been made over the past couple of decades in separating the pitchers from the belly-itchers.  Good old ERA will let you know one key thing: How many runs a pitcher has given up (and, hence, how many he is […]