Japan batting and pitching leaderboards (through May 30)

Interleague play began on Tuesday in Nippon Professional Baseball and most teams in the Central and Pacific leagues have passed the 50-game mark. Players have accumulated enough plate appearances and innings pitched to give us meaningful batting and pitching numbers to look at. Left fielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo of the CL-leading Yokohama DeNA BayStars is the top hitter in Japan through…

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NPB Week 4: Otani striking out nearly 30% of batters

Twenty-year-old Shohei Otani is dominating Pacific League hitters once again this year. The Nippon-Ham Fighters right-hander who has hit 162 kph (100.6 mph) on the radar gun, leads Nippon Professional Baseball in strikeouts (38 in 33 2/3 innings), strikeout rate (29.9%) and FIP (1.25) and has a 0.80 ERA through five starts. In the first-place Fighters’ 3-1 win over the…

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Bullpen blunder

Reds had at least 3 better options in 8th inning The Cincinnati Reds scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and Aroldis Chapman struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth to seal a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Opening Day. A 3-run blast to the second deck in left field…

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2015 Reds, MLB predictions

Nationals World Series favorites Major League Baseball season opens tonight with the Cubs and Cardinals playing in Chicago. The Cincinnati Reds and everyone else begin the 162-game campaign on Monday. Johnny Cueto starts what is probably his last Opening Day in a Reds uniform when Cincinnati hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates. I think the Reds are going to outperform most of…

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Baseball in Japan, as seen from afar (Week 1)

Here’s something a little different. The Nippon Professional Baseball season opened a little more than a week ago. I follow the Japanese game, as best I can, from afar. I believe NPB is the second highest level of baseball next to Major League Baseball. If you’re unfamiliar, NPB is divided into two 6-team leagues. The Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama…

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Lack of depth will hold Reds back

The Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day roster appears to be set and it will include four nonroster spring training invitees. Pitchers Sam LeCure and Dylan Axelrod were outrighted to Louisville on Thursday to clear room on the 40-man roster for pitchers Jason Marquis and Kevin Gregg, outfielder Brennan Boesch and infielder Chris Dominguez. LeCure had to clear waivers and accept the…

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Ondrusek makes Japan debut

Former Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek made his Nippon Professional Baseball debut Friday, Opening Day for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. With the Swallows and the Hiroshima Carp tied 2-2, Ondrusek entered in the eighth inning with two outs and the go-ahead run in scoring position. The right-hander, who went to Japan this offseason after 5 seasons in Cincinnati, got the first…

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