Tokyo Swallows Podcast 36 (September, 2016)

David, Chris, and Kozo once again assemble like Voltron for their (relatively happy) monthly chat about all things Swallows. Up for discussion this month:

  • Swallows “special” #36

    Ueda and the ghost of the Swallows' CL chances

    Ueda and the ghost of the Swallows CL chances

  • The current state of Swallowsland and the CL as a whole (NOTE: I mentioned the Carp would clinch either in Nagoya, or at Tokyo Dome. I was incorrect, their series with the Dragons is at home not on the road).
  • The Swallows improved starting corps quartet: Ogawa, Yamanaka, Ishikawa, Davies.
  • The supporting cast: Tateyama, Sugiura, Yoshinori.
  • The Bullpen Pillars: Lueke and Akiyoshi (with a hat-tip to Muranaka and Matsuoka).
  • Tokyo’s “Big Zero” of position players and the replacement players stepping up to fill the void.
  • The Swallows’ run-in and our (utterly non-committal) thoughts for how the CL will ultimately pan out.

Note: this was recorded on Sunday, September 4th prior to the final game of the home Carp series.

Thanks you as always for listening, and we’ll be back in October to discuss how things actually went down.


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

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  • LTM

    Love the show as always, but it seems a bit neglectful to do a whole episode without even mentioning Balentien. He’s top six in the league in HR, RBI, slugging and OPS, and was more responsible for the offense staying viable while Shingo, Yuhei and Yamada were out than anyone else. And given his injury history, his durability alone should be worthy of mention. Only Sakaguchi has played more games. Respect Coco!

    • Neglectful indeed!

      Worry not, we will give Coco his due props in next month’s show!

      Thanks for listening/commenting.

  • Woong

    1. Between Ikeyama and Aoki was Akinori Iwamura. He was a powerful hitter, at least in pre-2008 Jingu.

    2. Personally I don’y see much about Hanshin’s Takayama. He’s rookie and developing and all, but in his current state he strikeouts too much and doesn’t get many walks, while not showing much power. The only reason he can bat cleanup in Hanshin is that rest of the batters suck so much that .270 hitter with single digit homers looks comparably fit to bat third.

    • Kozo

      Thanks for the comment! If you listen carefully you can hear Dave correct himself and sneak Iwamura’s name into the list.

      I think what Takayama has accomplished as a rookie is quite impressive. Even if his development stalls out at his current level he’s a bat you want in your lineup albeit, as you say, not in the cleanup spots. Batters that can maintain a .270 average aren’t exactly plentiful. But we’ll see how he develops.