Tokyo Swallows Podcast 04 (October 2011)

With only one game left to go in the regular season, hosts David Watkins and Christopher Pellegrini look ahead to the first stage of the playoffs which will be played at Jingu next weekend.

After talking briefly about why the Swallows finished second in the Central League, David and Christopher move on to probable pitching matchups against Yomiuri and throw a few predictions out there just for fun.

Just like last time, Dave came equipped with some of his noise-making toys.

As always, thank you very much for listening!

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About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • Rob

    Thanks for this, guys. I’m disappointed that we’ve sucked so hard recently, but the Giants are beatable.
    We owned the Dragons for the first half of the season, mainly in Jingu, but they were reinvigorated because they wanted to show management they were wrong to dump Ochiai. For us, that was poorly timed, but we didn’t help by forgetting how to hit in that series.
    Why start Ishikawa instead of Tateyama in Game One of the, um, First Climax? Why not start the series with your lockdown starter and a win (if the bats show up)?
    Is Aikawa’s hand still messed up?
    Oh, and Dave is reeeeeeeeeally sexy.

    • Everything you say about the Giants and Dragons is very true. It’s just that a side effect of having your super slump in the last month of the season, is that you (or at least I) tend to forget all the good that came before it. I am frantically trying to refill my optimism tanks as I write this before the weekend arrives.

      I’m not sure if the whole game 1/2 starters thing is set in stone, but Ishikawa tends to be the season-opening game starter if fit, so I guess the same thing applies here. As we said, we really, really, really need a good outing from him if he does start game 1.

      I do not know the current Aikawa situation so I’ll defer to others there,

      And thank you for the vote of sexiness. 

  • WE who win last will laugh best and longest!!   

    Valentine, you’re our last hope, so will you wear those yellow glasses again, please?

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  •  This helped me get caught up, that’s for sure (been traveling, unable to catch games, just checking the site every once in a while, mystified by the end-of-season events).  Well done as always.

    Looking forward to the weekend’s games!

  • Okawari Phil

    Jeez Louise,

    Just finished listening to pod cast #4, what a bunch of negative Nellies.

    You need to ‘man up’ and act like you’ve (all) got ‘a set’!

    You’re going to beat the Dragons; despite that bizarre one game advantage thing (does the Central League still have that?).

    Apropos of nothing, Mr Watkin’s very own Birmingham Maple leafs lost the British Single A final this year to the Cambridge Royals (14-4).