Eight ERA pitchers with a home run cut to half, and conflicting eyes on the super-strong “go-to-taser,” is it really a matter of official ball

No matter how strong the pitching staff is, the record of pitchers in the Central League will be no different. Seven players have maintained the one-run ERA over half of their entire seasons. Hiroshima Carp right-hander Osehra Daichi even has a 0.94 ERA. He pitched 86 innings in 13 games as a starter, and pitched two complete games, including a no-hitter. He pitched 29 ⅓ innings as a starter in June.

Hiroto Saiki (Hanshin Tigers) will follow with 1.11, and Masato Morishita (Hiroshima) will follow with 1.41. Iori Yamasaki (Yomiuri Giants, 1.61), Hiroki Tokota (Hiroshima, 1.66), Shinnosuke Ogasawara (Junichi Dragons, 1.94), and Katsuki Azuma (Yokohama BayStars, 1.96) are ranked fourth to seventh.

Softbank Hawks left-hander Livan Moinello posted 1.61 points, ranking No. 1 in ERA in the Pacific League. In his eighth year at Softbank, Moinello has switched from a relief pitcher to a starter this season.

In the first half of the year, there were already two “no-hitters.” Prior to Osera, Yomiuri Giants ace Shosei Dogo achieved the milestone.
On the other hand, home runs have plummeted.

Last year, the Yomiuri Giants hit 164 home runs, the most in both leagues. This year, however, he hit 44 home runs in 79 games. The number decreased from 1.15 to 0.56 per game last year. The number is about half last year. Most teams are similar. The Orix Buffaloes have 0.39 and the Seibu Lions have 0.42.

Murakami Munetaka of the Yakult Swallows has hit 15 times, ranking first in the Central League. Softbank Kondo Kenske and Hotaka Yamakawa rank No. 1 in the Pacific League with 13 hits. Both leagues have two hitters with .300.

The Japan Baseball Organization (NPB) emphasizes that there is no problem with the repulsion of the official ball (unification ball) in the all-time “taser.” Explain that the repulsion coefficient is within the allowable value. The tight pitching competition is interesting, but the game without a score is frustrating. As a result, people keep talking about “public balls that don’t fly.”

Two senior Japanese baseball players diagnosed ‘throwers’ with conflicting perspectives.

Former Yokohama manager Kiyoshi Nakahata (70) said in a sports journal Sports Nippon that a hit that he thought was a home run is often caught in front of the fence when viewed from a TV broadcast or a stadium broadcast booth. “We can’t help but doubt the backlash of the official ball.” This is something that some players including Murakami, who hit 56 home runs in 2022, have raised since the beginning of the season.

Former coach Nakahata, a former Yomiuri hitter, served as the acting coach of the Japanese national team at the Athens Olympics and the head coach of Yokohama.

While NPB said there was no problem with the official ball, former coach Nakahata pointed out that the condition of the ball could vary depending on how it is stored, such as humidity. “I’m not the only one who thinks the official ball is weird,” he said, conveying the atmosphere on the spot.

Nakahata, the former coach who expressed regret over “homerun,” the flower of baseball, asked NPB to set up an investigation committee as soon as possible to thoroughly investigate official ball possessions. Based on the results of the investigation, Nakahata asked NPB to discuss when to investigate and how to store the ball in the future.

Former Chunichi manager Hiromitsu Ochiai (71), a three-time batting champion, told a TV program over the weekend that the decrease in the number of home runs and the decrease in the batting average have nothing to do with official balls. He explained that both the batter and the pitcher’s skills have improved, but his pitching skills have grown faster. The reason why batters failed to match the pitcher’s skills was the “go-to-taser.” “He said that when I was a player, I was faster when I exceeded 140 kilometers per hour, but 150 kilometers have become more common these days. In the past, it used to turn horizontal

“The angry pitches were the mainstream, but pitchers these days deal with batters with fastballs and breaking balls that fall to the bell,” he said.

The trend is completely different from that of the Korean professional baseball league. 고소득알바 The KBO League, which opened a week earlier than the Japanese league, has 20 batters with more than 20 home runs and six batters with more than 20 home runs as of Tuesday. Foreign pitcher James Nail of the KIA Tigers has an earned run average of 2.66, which is the best in this category. Only two pitchers have an earned run average of two points.

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