◆ Suddenly, the ball spring
Due to the problem of the new coronavirus, the professional baseball world is still in a state of arranging for the start of the season. Although no specific opening date has been announced, the exit of the tunnel is steadily approaching.
As the pace of spreading the infection gradually slowed and the release of emergency declarations progressed nationwide, the Japanese professional baseball team confirmed the guideline sought to “start the season after mid-January” after a meeting of representatives of the Baseball Team on The Day of The National Baseball Team. Commissioner Saito also said that the specific schedule was “a minimum condition for the cancellation of the declaration of emergency”, but said, “If it is lifted, I believe that we will be able to inform you of the schedule and other matters as soon as possible.”
If you believe the word “after the middle of June”, it is possible that the months have already expired. If you replace it with the usual calendar, each team will gradually move away from the camp area, and it will be about the beginning of March when the open game becomes full-fledged all over Japan.
For the opening day, which is finally approaching, attention is paid to the “opening pitcher” of each baseball team again here. I want to look back on the pitcher’s announcement or the announcement of the opening pitcher in some way.
This time, we’ll talk about Orix, who finished bottom of the Pa League last season.
◆ Once in Yamaoka, the decision is also
Orix sank to the bottom of the league last season after finishing in the top position for the first time in a row. Nevertheless, young power has been budding one after another in the pitching team, and Yunobu Yamamoto has the best defense rate and Yasusuke Yamaoka has the highest winning percentage and the title respectively. There was a lot of bright topics, too.
Coach Tokufumi Nishimura initially made it clear that yamaoka would be the opening pitcher, but the opening postponement made it a blank sheet of paper. Afterwards, if the opening day of the week is Friday, yamaoka, yamamoto if it becomes Tuesday, and other comments suggesting that it is both.
Yamaoka is the right-hand man who joined Orix in the draft position from Tokyo Gas. Although the season continued to be overtaken by the victory and the defeat, the last season recorded the savings of the one at a dash with the victory and the defeat while firming into the rotation from the first year. It took it to the reversal at a dash with the victory and the defeat in the all-time result of the year.
In this spring’s opener, he pitched a game and a steady pitch with a defense rate of 2.12. He was in good shape for the big game for the second year in a row, as if he had thrown seven innings and scored three hits and three runs less than a game in the Giants game on March 6.
The team has resumed training at kyocera dome Osaka, the home base, and there are also plans for a red-and-white match. After all, it might be the state of Yamaoka, Yamamoto, and The Ace that attracts attention.
Can you convince the leaders and show off their safe form? I can’t take my eyes off the actual battle after a long time.
▼ Orix, the opening pitcher of the season here
2010 (○) Kaneko Chihiro[30 tries 17 wins 8 losses 3.30]
2011 (-) Hiroshi Kisanuki[19Tries2Wins7Losses460]
2012 (●) Figaro[11Tries0Wins5Losses3.09]
2013 (-) Kaneko Chihiro[29Tries15Wins8Losses2.01]
2014 (-) Kaneko Chihiro[26Tries16Wins5Losses1.98]
2015 (●) Dixon[20 Tries 9 Wins 9 Losses 2.48]
2016 (-) Kaneko Chihiro[24 Tries 7 Wins 9 Losses 3.83]
2017 (-) Kaneko Chihiro[27 Tries 12 Wins 8 Losses 3.47]
2018 (●) Yuuki Nishi[25 Tries 10 Wins 13 Losses 3.60]
2019 (-) Taisuke Yamaoka[26 tries 13 wins 4 losses 3.71]
2020 (forecast) Taisuke Yamaoka[2nd consecutive year]
◆ Taisuke Yamaoka
Pitching: Right-handed left-handed hit
Height/weight: 172 cm / 68 kg
Birthday: September 22, 1995
Career: Setouchi High – Tokyo Gas – ORYX
[昨季成績] 26 tries (170.0 times) 13 wins, 4 losses, 314 defense 3.71
[通算成績] 80 tries (465.1) 28 wins, 27 losses, 3.79 defense