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07/31/2006 Archived Entry: "Japanese Baseball News:Update"

Japanese Baseball News:Update

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Central League News
CLFLAG (2k image)No changes in the standings of the CL over the past week. The Dragons continue their hot form and are fast running away with the central league pennant. They have now won 6 straight after the All-star series and both pitching and hitting have been awesome. Dragons pitchers have a measly 0.14 ERA in the six game stretch while scoring 5.6 runs per game. The only other headline has been the Giants as they sink further by going 6-14 in the month of July. Giants fans will be expecting to see manager Hara step down at the end of the season. The Tigers are hanging in there but have been too inconsistent at the plate or on the mound for anyone to predict that they will catch the Dragons.
Pacific League News
PLFLAG (2k image)Status quo for the Pacific League too with Seibu continuing to hold a small lead over the Hawks. Both teams are a lock for the playoffs and will be feeling less pressure to actually push on and win the PL title as each of the last PL champs haven't made it out of the playoffs. The Fighters continue to push on for the third and last playoff spot and with Chiba continuing to struggle they have the looks of the likely third contender come playoff time.It will be interesting to see Fighters manager Trey Hillman in the papers over much loved Bobby Valentine for a change. 
Batting Leaders
 

Central

TeamAvg.ABHRRBI 

Pacific

  Team

Avg.ABHRRBI
1FukudomeDragons.35327816561MatsunagaHawks.3613101762
2LeeGiants.33035831662MatsumuraBuffaloes.327269319
3AokiSwallows.3183626383FukuuraMarines.326307333
4AbeGiants.3142805374NakajimaLions.3193601662
5IwamuraSwallows.31033915405CabreraLions.3242872059
Pitching Leaders
 

Central

TeamERAWLSv 

Pacific

TeamERAWLSv
1SatoDragons1.338001SaitohHawks1.911140
2KawakamiDragons1.8011202MatsuzakaLions1.921130
3KurodaCarp2.069603YagiFighters2.41940
4GuttormsonSwallows2.296404WakuiLions2.42810
5ShimonoyagiTigers2.998705OnoMarines2.48650
 
CentralWLTPct%GB

Pacific

WLTPct%GB
Chunichi Dragons53304.639-Seibu Lions54372.593-
Hanshin Tigers50393.5626.0Softbank Hawks54392.5811.0
Yakult Swallows44441.50011.5Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters52410.5593.0
Hiroshima Carp40484.45515.5Chiba Lotte Marines48450.5167.0
Yomiuri Giants40532.43018.0Orix Buffaloes39551.41516.5
Yokohama Bay Stars36503.41918.5Rakuten Eagles31600.34123.0

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