Sunday, October 14, 2007

NPB Climax Series

The playoffs are underway in Japan! This is the first year that both divisions are going with a two-stage tournament to decide who heads to the Japan Series.

First, the third and second place teams in each division play a best-of-three series to decide who will play the regular season champion.

Both leagues have already made it through the first stage of the playoffs.

In the Central League, the Chunichi Dragons swept past third place Hanshin. The big difference between the two teams in that series was pitching. Hanshin has been weak offensively all season, but what they lacked in hitting they usually made up for in solid pitching.

That did not happen in this series.

Chunichi will face regular season champion Yomiuri in a best-of-five series.

In the Pacific League, the Chiba Lotte Marines were pushed to three games by the Softbank Hawks before finally booking their ticket to Hokkaido. Good pitching all around in that series.

The Pacific League Championship Series is already level at one game apiece. Defending Japan Series champions Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters took the first game with a complete game from Yu Darvish. Lotte came roaring back in the second game this afternoon with a ridiculous amount of offense.

Game 3 of the PLCS is slated for 6pm tomorrow night (Monday at Sapporo Dome).


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