Player News: Ricky Barrett Done for the Season?

Pitcher Ricky Barrett (no. 18), the Swallows’ first year lefty who pitched in the Minnesota Twins organization, reportedly left for the United States today. The 28-year-old has been having trouble with his throwing-arm elbow, and he apparently has decided to get it looked at by a doctor back home.

Tokyo Roster Update – 8/16/09

Pitcher Hiromitsu Takagi (no.58) and infielder Ryo Yoshimoto (no. 40) have been called up to the first team to replace Ricky Barrett (P) and Shinya Miyamoto (IF). Takagi is a right-handed pitcher in his fourth year with the birds, and this is his first call-up of the season. In 17 appearances with the farm team […]

Tokyo Roster Update – 8/15/09

Pitchers Kousuke Matsui and Ricky Barrett were brought up from the farm team yesterday, and both of them made appearances after our starter, Kyouhei Muranaka, threw what amounted to batting practice for the first two innings of the game. Right-handed pitcher Kousuke Matsui (no. 44) turns 31 this month and is in his fourth year […]

8/14/09 — Chunichi (Away)

August 14th, 2009 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1 Chunichi Dragons 12 Streak: Lost 3    Last 5: LWLLL (Nagoya Dome) The listless Swallows ventured to Nagoya, still reeling from last night’s whupping by the Yokohama BayStars. And to add one more item to the list of things that are not working in Tokyo’s favor, Chunichi has […]

The State of the Rotation

With the season now entering it’s second half, let’s have a look at how the Tokyo starting rotation is shaping up for the playoff push.

5/23/09 – Hokkaido (Away)

May 23rd, 2009   Tokyo Yakult Swallows  0 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3  Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWLWL (Sapporo Dome) Two days after being shutout on two hits by Rakuten ace Tanaka, Yakult got to try their hand against another of Japan’s top-tier starters, Yu Darvish. But unlike against Tanaka, Tokyo managed to rack up eight […]

4/24/09 — Yokohama (Home)

April 24th, 2009 Yokohama BayStars 3 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0 Streak: Lost 4  Last 5: WLLLL (Jingu Stadium) This was not a fun game to watch. We know because we sat through it. Miura dominated the Tokyo bats, and aside from putting runners on the corners in the second, the Swallows never really threatened to […]

4/22/09 – Yomiuri (Away)

April 22nd, 2009 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Yomiuri Giants 3 Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: WWWLL (Saga Prefectural Stadium) Tokyo got the lead early and fought hard to hold on to it, but ultimately failed as an 8th inning Giants rally handed Yakult their second straight loss. The starting matchup saw Tateyama face off […]

4/19/09 – Hiroshima (Home)

April 19th, 2009 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8 Streak: Won 4    Last 5: LWWWW (Jingu Stadium) The first two innings of this contest were a bit uneventful. Hiroshima’s Shinoda squared off against Tokyo’s Ryo Kawashima in the final game of this series which Tokyo led 2-0. Tokyo finally got something going in […]

4/15/09 – Yomiuri (Home)

April 15th, 2009 Yomiuri Giants 6 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 2  Last 5: WLWLL (Jingu Stadium) Tokyo left a bunch of guys on base tonight and weren’t able to apply pressure in the later innings of the game. So the inaugural edition of the annual Tokyo derby, unlike last year, ended up being […]