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Darvish Returns

» 01 November 2009 » In npb » 3 Comments

Yu Darvish returning this season seemed unlikely couple weeks ago, but as time went on, the possibility of a start in the Japan Series become more evident. Darvish returned to the mound to start game two of the Series, and it was his first appearance in a game in 42 days.  Given his long layoff, it was difficult to predict what type of shape he’d be in.

Although he was clearly not 100 percent, he mixed in his off-speed pitches and went six innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts for a total of 87 pitches. His opponent in Tetsuya Utsumi was not as sharp,  giving the Fighters a decent chance to win.

Even though Darvish had an extreme amount of time to practice, it was his first in-game situation since September, and the biggest stage of the year. Darvish showed why he is considered one of the best pitchers in the game, showing he can control a game without being 100 percent. He explained in an interview that he tried not to put too much strength toward his left foot and expanded his footing grip. His adjustment was to not to use his injured hip, and focus on using his arm to throw the ball.

Darvish quoted that he will be preparing to throw in Game 7 if necessary and that should be an exciting game if it happens.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-11-01

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  • Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-10-25:
    Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-10-18:
    Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-.. http://bit.ly/17dh75 #
  • Daily Sports report: Scott Achison will not return to the Hanshin Tigers and will look for an opportunity in the States http://bit.ly/2mAQ6K #
  • Watching Rivera tonight made me think Koji Uehara should be closing for the Orioles next year. #
  • Scott Atchison to Return to MLB: We already stuck a blurb about this up on Twitter,but Hanshin Tigers reliever .. http://bit.ly/2Fg6Wu #
  • Iwamura to Dodgers?: Sanspo is speculating on Akinori Iwamura’s future, and this time it doesn’t in.. http://bit.ly/4kWn8j #
  • Lotte to Invite Maddux: Sayonara Bobby, konichiwa Greg Maddux?
    Maybe. The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to i.. http://bit.ly/qftK6 #
  • Johjima Agrees With Hanshin: Multiple reports out of Japan are confirming that Kenji Johjima’s NPB return.. http://bit.ly/2Js3xs #
  • The List of Free Agents: It’s that time of the year again when each team starts to look forward to the of.. http://bit.ly/qTYiU #
  • 2009 Draft: First Round Preview: The NPB draft is tomorrow, and no shock here, but Yusei Kikuchi will be the st.. http://bit.ly/2B9wQE #
  • Looks like this guy is broadcasting the npb draft on justin.tv: http://www.justin.tv/saburoadcast #
  • Kikuchi is a Seibu Lion. #
  • Seibu Gets Kikuchi: Despite the projections and comments in the media, ‘only’ six teams selected Yu.. http://bit.ly/2yHQq0 #
  • The NBP draft recap can be seen here: http://bit.ly/4jODC2 #
  • Yusei Kikuchi's press conference after the draft: http://bit.ly/4dggek #
  • RT @airyo3 gifts from Chicago — Chicago style steak seasoning. #
  • 2009 Draft: International Influence: My post on foreign players in the draft last year went over well, and I ha.. http://bit.ly/3coqNv #
  • Pete LaForest tries out with Seibu, results to be announced in a few days: http://bit.ly/115hSu #
  • NPB Draft Notes: Here are some unorganized, rapid-fire notes about yesterday’s draft. Some of these are m.. http://bit.ly/28lQqQ #
  • Foreign Player Updates: Laforest, SoftBank, Lotte: Some notes about foreign player movement this offseason, mos.. http://bit.ly/4lCC50 #
  • 1994 Nippon Series: I stumbled across this clip a while ago, and normally I wouldn’t post it, but there&#.. http://bit.ly/1rMzJ9 #
  • Indians to Sign College Righty Nakamura: Sponichi is reporting that the Indians have agreed to a minor-league c.. http://bit.ly/4jb1z6 #
  • Nippon Series Thoughts: The Giants took game one of the Japan Series last night, beating Nippon Ham behind a ra.. http://bit.ly/4sNiNR #

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Nippon Series Thoughts

» 01 November 2009 » In npb » 2 Comments

The Giants took game one of the Japan Series last night, beating Nippon Ham behind a rather hittable Dicky Gonzales. This is another post I had meant to go to prior to the Series starting, but that’s the way things go some times.

So on to the scattered thoughts and observations…

  • If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that Gonzales would start game one of the Japan Series, I would have laughed pretty hard.
  • Deanna and Gen went to their usual levels of detail in covering game one.
  • Yu Darvish has been out of commission for quite a while now, but he it looks like he’s starting game two for Nippon Ham. Tetsuya Utsumi gets the call for the Giants.
  • Speaking of Darvish, he’s been throwing lefthanded again.
  • I know a game has already been played so it’s too late to say this, but I like Yomiuri’s roster over Nippon Ham’s. I like Yomiuri’s depth in this series.
  • On the other hand, the last time Nippon Ham won the Japan Series (2006), Darvish was partnered at the front of the Figthers’ rotation by Tomoya Yagi, who won the Rookie of the Year award that season. After winning in ’06, Yagi promptly faded into injured-list oblivion, and Darvish became the best pitcher in Japan. This year, Yagi made a comeback, posting a 2.88 ERA in 122 innings, and Ham is back in the Series.
  • It’s interesting to see Nippon Ham playing Yomirui in the Series. Prior to Ham moving to Hokkaido, the Fighters shared the Tokyo Dome with the Giants, and seemed to be operating in Yomiuri’s shadow. It seemed like the Fighters used to frequently sign ex-Giants, but the only notable example I can think of is Hiromitsu Ochiai. Once the Fighters moved to Hokkaido and got out from under the Giants’ shadow, they got competitive.
  • I missed a chance to post on this earlier, but I’ll do so now — when Nippon Ham eliminated Rakuten from the Climax Series, it marked the (latest) end to manager Katsuya Nomura’s career. I wouldn’t call myself a Nomura fan, but he is certainly a character, and as such I suppose this picture of him putting away his uniform for the last time is a little sad. After Nippon Ham’s win, both sides honored Nomura with the traditional celebratory douage (click the link if you don’t know what that is). This is, I think, an important distinction for Japanese baseball from American baseball. Nippon Ham won the game and the series, and it was very much their day, but the winning players and Nippon Ham fans still celebrated Nomura after the game.

I don’t think I’ll be up to watch the game tonight, so if anyone checks it out on justin.tv, please click the ‘watch later’ link, and paste the url into a comment.

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