Monday Bullets #3 (The Pre-GW Edition)

Monday Bullets is a feature in which Tsubamegun writers (mostly Kozo) gather random news, thoughts, images, movies, etc. during the week and publish them for off day consumption. Those of you who only get their Swallows news from our site might not have heard about Wladimir Balentien’s arrest on domestic violence charges earlier in January. […]

Monday Bullets #1 (The Inaugural Edition)

Some of you may remember a regular column we ran called the Monday Review in which we filled the weekly NPB off day with in depth analysis of the week that was, and preview the week that was to be. Then real life hit us and it became difficult to spend the necessary time to […]

Apr 5th 2014, vs Hanshin

April 5th, 2014 Hanshin Tigers 11 Tokyo Swallows 12 Streak: Won 2  Last 5: LLLWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) And your Tokyo Swallows are back at .500 after a back-and-forth game at Jingu. Matt Murton must be pissed. The reason why he must be upset is he racked up seven RBI, but his teammates couldn’t help […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 18 (February, 2014)

New season, new hope? After an oddly enjoyable 2013 season in which Ogawa was crowned Rookie of the Year and Balentien demolished the Japan single season home run record, your hosts bring you up to speed on the ups and downs of the off-season. Content overview: Our feelings about Jingu Stadium…it’s complicated. Do you even […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 16 (August, 2013)

This month’s podcast has a fair bit of sunshine in it, especially when compared with the dire nature of last month’s. Topics include: All-Star weekend Tokyo’s two massive rays of light Lastings Milledge likely out for rest of regular season A very young lineup and bullpen Crappy pitching mounds in Japan Noise pollution at Jingu […]

Aug 8th 2013, @ Chunichi

August 8th, 2013  Tokyo Swallows 5 Chunichi Dragons 2  Streak: Won 3   Last 5: WLWWW (Nagoya Dome) Can you remember the last time the Swallows swept a three-game series? Well you’ll have to go all the way back to April for the answer to that question. Tokyo won all three games of a home […]

Jul 28th 2013, @ Hiroshima

July 28th, 2013 Tokyo Swallows 7  Hiroshima Carp 10 Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: LWLWL (Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium Hiroshima) Tokyo scored seven runs for the second night in a row, but once again the pitching didn’t hold up. And your Swallows are still in last place. Balentien was held out of the lineup […]

Jul 27th 2013, @ Hiroshima

July 27th, 2013 Tokyo Swallows 7  Hiroshima Carp 3  Streak: Won 1    Last 5: LLWLW (Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium Hiroshima) After my extended All-star break, it was great to see the Birds get back in the win column. The Birds bats got the early lead for Ogawa who pitched seven strong innings for win […]

Random Stats and Trivia from the First Half

The Swallows have played 82 games prior to the All Star break. The Swallows find themselves in last place at the break for the first time since 1986. What follows is a disjointed list of stats and trivia from the team’s first 82 games. The team’s 32-49-1 record puts them 2 games out of fifth […]

Jul 14th 2013, vs Hiroshima

July 14th, 2013 Hiroshima Carp 13 Tokyo Swallows 3 Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: LLWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Carp posted a trio of three-run innings. The Swallows didn’t. Kenta Maeda, Hiroshima’s starter, made few mistakes. Ishikawa made several (including a throwing error that wound up leading to three unearned runs). All three of Tokyo’s runs […]