Possible Tokyo Starters in Nagoya

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 1  (11/2): Tateyama

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?

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  • I wonder if there are any chances of Tony Barnette getting in the mix of starters. I doubt it, but he might be an interesting choice for Game 1.

  • Well maybe not so certain after all. Yahoo are predicting a Masubuchi start tonight, with Chunichi countering with Yoshimi.

  • Hokkaido chocolate

    This isnt pitching related but there are reports that Hatakeyama is under the pump after his ordinary numbers v gomiuri. What are your thoughts on that? Would josh be the better choice?


    • I’d have no issue with starting Josh at first, he’s definitely shown the better form of the two of late.