Friday, June 15, 2007

Uehara Starting Pitcher???

Reports today from Sanspo are speculating that Koji Uehara may have been giving the nod as starting pitcher for the Giants tonight against the SoftBank Hawks, as he was called over to Manager Hara for a 2 minute conference. Uehara appeared to be preparing himself early for the game with a warmup and stretching routine that would lend credence to the theory. I will keep my eyes on this game tonight and provide a recap for you in the event that he in fact has returned as a starter.

In his last outing, Uehara struck out 2 of 3 batters, working a 1-2-3 for his 9th save of the season and now sports an 18-2 K/BB ratio. It makes sense to get him back into the rotation and send one of the back end guys back to the pen. Big move.

UPDATE: Uehara isn't starting tonight. It will be Takahashi taking on SoftBank's Sugiuchi. That doesn't mean that Uehara won't get one of the starts against the Hawks though. I'll keep checking this weekend to update you when we know more.

UPDATE2: Uehara entered the game in the bottom of the 9th to save a 3-2 contest. The Giants scored 3 runs in the top of the 8th only to see the Hawks punch back in the bottom of the frame with 2 of their own. In the bottom of the 9th Uehara jammed Mitsuru Honma and got him to pop out to 3rd. He then got Nobuhiro Matsuda to bounce out to short, and ended the game with his 10th save by getting Japan's premier shortstop Munenori Kawakami to fly out to center. Outstanding again. You have to wonder if this appearance kills any chance of seeing Uehara start a game this week.

7 Comments:

At 1:17 AM, Blogger Michael said...

According to Nikkan Sports [in Japanese] a day or two ago, the talk you're referring to between Uehara and Hara-kantoku was to come to an agreement that Uehara will continue to be the Giants' closer for the remainder of the season. At least, that's the way that I interpreted the title: "上原先発捨てる今季終了まで抑え1本" - "Uehara to give up on starting, close exclusively to the end of the season."

 
At 4:26 AM, Blogger Mike Plugh said...

Got it. I must have read it wrong. I thought the agreement was that the closing role was a thing of the past. There's a case when something simple gets lost in translation. Gotta keep brushing up......

 
At 4:51 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Not to worry. I've had my share of translations to the opposite meanings in the past.

Keep up the informative posts. It's good to have so many quality English language sources for Pro Yakyu news.

 
At 5:14 AM, Blogger Michael said...

I just read this on the Daily Yomiuri [in English]. Uehara doesn't appear to like the role of closer, but is bound by duty to fulfill that role.

 
At 6:10 AM, Blogger Mike Plugh said...

I saw that too. I actually saw it on TV. He was asked up front about it and he didn't really pull any punches. He said it was "chotto ya-na kanji". He knows it's cramping his MLB style for a payday next year and I have to wonder if they're doing it to him on purpose to punish him.

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Edwin said...

I guess if you want to take the "sticking it to Uehara" tack, how did the Giants deal with Matsui leaving to the Yankees? Or is the situation different between the two?

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Edwin said...

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