Friday, January 29, 2016

Reviewing the projected field - Kagoshima Jitsugyou (Kagoshima)

Kagoshima Jitsugyou (aka Kajitsu) seems to back on the upswing, and when they usually appear they have some success. Plus, their schedule was a bit more difficult than Nichinan Gakuen, facing Shounan and Kagoshima Jyousai in the prefecturals. And while Kyushu Sangyoudai Kyushu should have given them a bit of a shakedown, it was Kajitsu who was doing the shaking down before inexplicably falling to Kaisei.

It seems like in that loss to Kaisei, ace Maruyama Takuya (丸山 拓也) seemed to start off well, but was relieved when his pitching collapsed in the 3rd. Tanimura Takuya (谷村 拓哉) is a submarine reliever though how I have video of him and not their ace is baffling other than just because of his delivery. Outside of the Kagoshima Jyousai game, neither pitcher puts up strong K numbers.

Offensively, it's the heart of the lineup that consistently produces. Specifially, 1B Wataya Itsuki (綿屋 樹) and 3B Itagoe Yuuki (板越 夕桂) (who has actual Koushien experience against Hokkai) who pounds out hit after hit and drives in runs. But the other team members need to get on base, and while they may not hit at the same clip, they do seem to draw walks which can help, but needs help from the other side too, and you can't expect that.

The thing is, there is enough offense out there it seems to make some kind of run. I don't think it's a championship run, and the pitching staff would limit that further.

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