TYS Interleague Games 2009 – The Breakdown

So this year’s Interleague schedule, which pitted Yakult against the boys from the (in recent years stronger) Pacific League for a month or so, came to a close last week.

So how did we fare this year? Very well, thanks for asking. The Swallows finished 2nd out of the NPB’s 12 teams with the CL teams as a whole beating the PL  teams 70 games to 67 with 7 games ending as ties. This was the first time the CL has had a winning record since the competition’s inception in 2005.

Here’s a breakdown of the Interleague 2009 according to Yakult:

Overall Record: 15-9 / .625 (2008: 11-13 /.458)

At Home: 9-3 (’08: 4-8) Away: 6-6 (’08: 7-5)

Runs Scored: 110 (’08 – 89) Runs Allowed: 90 (’08 – 97)


vs SoftBank: W1 L3. RS:15 RA:18 (’08 : W2 L2)

vs Nippon Ham: W2 L2. RS: 7, RA:11 (’08 : W1 L3)

vs Rakuten: W3 L1. RS: 21, RA: 9 (’08 : W2 L2)

vs Orix: W4 L0. RS: 26, RA: 15 (’08 : W3 L1)

vs Chiba Lotte: W3 L1. RS: 26, RA:13 (’08 : W1 L3)

vs Saitama Seibu: W2 L2. RS: 15, RA: 24 (’08 : W2 L2)

So, overall a considerable improvement on 2008 with only the eventual IL champions, the SoftBank Hawks, managing to beat us over the four games.

In fact the only game Tokyo managed to take off the Hawks was the first of seven games the team won in a row to finish the schedule. The team developed a hard to beat streak as they won hard-fought close games against Chiba and Seibu during that sequence of wins, as well as rolling over Orix while breaking a record.

More importantly though, the fact that Yakult finished a game and a half ahead of the Yomiuri Giants narrowed the gap to first position in the CL to just two games. And finishing ahead of Hiroshima (0.5 games back in the final IL standings), Chunichi (0.5), Hanshin (5) and Yokohama (9) strengthens their second place position in the Central, as well as helping their march toward their ultimate aim of finishing in the A-Class bracket, and thus heading to the playoffs for the first time.

Here’s hoping they can continue the form as they meet the Giants this weekend.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto

  • Great showing while I was away in the tropics! Wish I could’ve seen some of that winning action in person, and hope that the winning ways will continue with my return to Jingu 🙂

  • Welcome back Simon.

    Though it seems you brought bad luck back with you!

    Please return whence you came!