This Is It

In the land of must wins the next one is the must-est, if I may coin a word. Or is essentiallist better? However you wish to say it, the Chiba Lotte Marines 2010 campaign comes down to one game only – the last game, Orix at Lotte, Chiba Marine Stadium, 18:15, Thursday, 30 September, end of the Pacific League season. …

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What We Know

We now have all the information we need. There’s nothing anyone else can do; it’s all up to Our Marines to get it done. On Tuesday, Nippon Ham won their season finale, forcing Lotte to win their last three games to get into the postseason. Fortunately, the last game versus Rakuten for 2010 went well, and Lotte beat out a …

Simple Math

The math is very simple; Our Marines really need to win these last three games of the season. I wrote and deleted a few posts in my head as my mood changed this week. First there was the thrilling end to the game three of the Lotte-Rakuten series in Sendai – I thought that might inspire the team on to …

Circling

So I haven’t updated in ages. This is never a good thing – it COULD mean that I am just busy, or that I’m having so much fun celebrating Lotte victories – but alas, this is not the case. As I write this I am sitting in the stands at Kleenex Stadium Miyagi before the third game of a four …

Modasho

As I have much lamented lately, the Lotte offense is just plain injured. Tonight’s starting lineup featured two batters well below .200 BA (Matoba at .172, Okada at .184 – the backup catcher and 6th outfielder, respectively) and had two more pinch hitters below .200 (Takehara at .145, Muniz at .136). But looky here – tonight the offense still cranked …

Righting Wrongs

So it’s just not possible to fix all of the world’s issues in a day. It’s not possible to right all of the wrongs in the Pacific League in a night either. But boy, Rakuten has sure been Kryptonite for our season and beating the stuffing out of them by the tune of 16-6 today sure feels good. To get …