Last night’s glorious edition of Fuji TV’s Pro Yakyu News featured their stab at predicting the Swallows starters for the upcoming series in Nagoya.
Here is what they thought:
Game 2 (11/3): Ishikawa
Game 3 (11/4): Masubuchi
Game 4 (11/5): Akagawa
Game 5 (11/6): Tateyama
Game 6 (11/7): Ishikawa
Of course this is all guesswork, but one thing seems certain: Tateyama will start Game 1. He was after all ready to take the mound if needed in last night’s decisive First Stage Game 3.
But what the short (one day!) break between the First and Final Stages means, is that Tateyama (and Ishikawa if the above prediction is correct) will be making his first, and if needed, second appearance of the Final Stage on just three days rest. And for a guy who still has blood flow issues with his throwing hand, that is a concern.
What the above list of starters would also mean, is that Muranaka would continue to be used out of the pen, which given his key role in the defeat of Yomiuri, I’d be quite happy with.
Anyway, what are your predictions/hopes for the rotation over the coming week?