And On Into September We Go

The 2016 version of Our Marines aren’t going anywhere – for now, at least. As of this writing Chiba sits 9.5 games behind Hamu in second and 8 up on Rakuten in fourth with just 18 games to go. To my mind, that’s the very definition of “stuck in place”. Fortunately that is a good place to be stuck in. …

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SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVIN’S EASY

It looked like Our Marines were back on course for a successful summer campaign after we won our first 7 out of 10 games in August. Around mid-month it became clear that barring anything crazy we’d be locked in at 3rd place for the rest of the season. Our post-season status was secured by a lead of double digits in …

Those Bullpen Blues: Part II

July hasn’t always been the kindest month to Our Marines. The summer collapse has become somewhat of a tradition around here. Maybe it’s due to some unique home field advantage we get from the brutal early-season Marine Field conditions, but it always seems that our PL opponents hit their strides and overtake us the weather warms up. This year’s team …

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Those Bullpen Blues

Remember when the bullpen was the one constant we could always rely on to step up even when the starting pitching was, er, less than ideal? That’s (generally) still the case, but, my caveat is important. Of the four Lotte losses since the end of interleague, 3 of them are directly the result of middle relief collapses, including 2 this …

Interleague’s Over, Time to Beat Up on Pa-League

Our annual sojourn into the unknown wilderness of the Central League is complete. It’s time to take care of essential business – beating up on the rest of the Pacific League. First up, our eternal rivals from the other side of town, Seibu. Lotte @ Seibu, 24 June Lotte 7, Lions 6 WP: Ayumu Ishikawa  LP: Kona Takahashi Notables: Daichi …

Limping into Interleague

Our Marines went 2-3 on a week that started with a bang, but ended with a whimper – and even some boos. Lotte fell to 6 games back of the first place Hawks, but still hold onto 2nd over the Fighters by 1.5 games, and A-class status over Seibu by 5 games. Lotte @ Fighters, 24 May Lotte 3, Fighters …

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Lotte Week In Review: Holding Steady, Lots of Positives

First Sekiya Win

Our Marines ended the week an even 3-3, still snugly sitting 2.5 games behind PL leaders Daiei and 1.5 up on 3rd place Hamu. Seibu @ Lotte, 17 May Lotte 5, Seibu 2 WP: Ayumu Ishikawa S: Yuji Nishino LP: Isamu Satoh Notables: Hosoya (KEI!) 2 RBI, Despaigne 2 RBI Seibu @ Lotte, 18 May Lotte 0, Seibu 3 WP: Yusei …

We Can Never Have Too Much Excitement

This week in Lotteland began with a well-pitched, strategic, tight loss on the road to hated Daiei and step-by-step devolved into a jamboree of ecstatic pinstriped gents dancing across the plated. Or is that evolved? Regardless, it was one hell of an interesting week. Daiei Game 1 Mr Hard Luck Loss Ayumu Ishikawa vs Rick Vandenhurk, who has never lost …

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Coming Back Strong

The 2016 version of Our Marines is nothing if not an exciting bunch.  As I mentioned in the last post, this week started out pretty terribly before turning into something wonderful, and the exact same thing could be said of the recently concluded 3-game home set with the Buffs.  Let’s take a deeper look. Orix pitching has been a horror …

Something I Needed to See

There is something I really needed to see on Thursday. The big win you see in the score next to this text? Yes, that, but specifically that 9th inning. What a glorious way to win a game! Let’s go back a bit. Craig pointed out the mess that was Sunday’s game at the tail end of his optimism fest a …