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    Archive for March 21st, 2009

    最近のNHL

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 21日 Saturday

    NHL の2008-09 レギュラーシーズンも、各チームが残り10試合前後となり大詰めを迎えています。東ではボストンとニュージャージーとワシントンが頭一つ抜け出していて、西ではデトロイトとサンノゼが特に強いですね、いつもの事ながらプレーオフ最後のいくつかの椅子を巡っていくつものチームが接戦してます(成績表)、あ、でも東はトロント以下は無理だな。

    さて、最近のニュースはというと、NJ デビルズのMartin Brodeur の552勝目でPatrick Roy が所有してたゴーリーの通算勝ち星記録を更新した事です。

    あと、キャピタルズのスーパースター Alexander Ovechkin 選手が、まだ若いキャリアの中で既に3度目の50得点を決めた事です。50ゴール記念のセレブレーションは、サッカーの選手のゴールダンスやNFL 選手のタッチダウンダンスさながらですw

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    Darvish, Matsuzaka, and Iwakuma

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 21日 Saturday

    WBC 2009, Daisuke Matsuzaka (Boston Red Sox) will start in the semifinals at Dodger Stadium against Roy Oswalt (Houston Astros) of the USA. Hisashi Iwakuma (Tohoku Rakuten Eagles), the groundball machine, who pitched 6 shutout innings against Cuba in Round 2 will start the finals if Japan makes it there. The most sought after Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish (Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters), who pitched 1 poor inning and 4 great ones against Korea in Round 2, will be used out of the bullpen for the semifinals and/or finals.

    http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/baseball/jpn/headlines/20090321-00000017-kyodo_sp-spo.html

    Posted in 02_English, baseball, information, MLB, NPB | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    JPN-KOR Intercollegiate Hockey

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 21日 Saturday

    Japanese and Korean Ivy schools Waseda University and Korea University have started their annual friendly ice hockey matches with the games on 20-21 March 2009 in Higashifushimi, Tokyo. The series will be hosted by each university on alternate years. The two schools already have annual competitions in various sports such as football (soccer) and basketball.

    Similarly, rival schools Keio University of Japan and Yonsei University of Korea have also began holding annual ice hockey games between them which started with Keio’s visit to Korea in mid-February this year.

    (From Breakaway #016)

    This may be a great trickledown effect of the Asia League with barriers between the hockey playing nations of Asia slowly falling away, let’s hope that further hockey exchanges like this continue between Asian nations for the development of Asian hockey. 

    Posted in 02_English, hockey, information, International, opinion, tokyo | Tagged: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    WBC Pitch f/x

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 21日 Saturday

    Some interesting WBC Pitch f/x articles for Japanese, Korean, and Cuban pitchers for their games pitched in MLB parks, these are normally data that are not seen or available, either in these pitchers home countries or in the US. The websites BeyondTheBoxscore and FanGraphs are doing a great job gathering and breaking down the data, so I’m just gonna link to them here (also for posterity since these articles are already getting buried under the usual barrage of MLB articles). All articles are interesting.

    Yu Darvish (Japan) – FanGraphs, BeyondTheBoxscore (satisfying all observers with his stuff)

    Hisashi Iwakuma (Japan) – FanGraphs (getting rave reviews for his pitch selection)

    Ryu Hyun-Jin (Korea) – FanGraphs

    Yoon Suk-Min (Korea) – BeyondTheBoxscore

    Felix (Venezuela), LaMura and Cody Cirillo (Italy, the latter with his 67mph “changeup”) – BeyondTheBoxscore 

    Cuban pitchers who pitched in their first game against Japan (from wild Chapman to Maya to Vladimir Garcia) – BeyondTheBoxscore

    Wily Cuban veterans Vera and Lazo (and his 57mph somthing) in their elimination game against Japan – BeyondTheBoxscore

    HardballTimes also has analyzed Pitch f/x data from Round 1 and Round 2 featuring pitchers in the Toronto Round (Yoel Hernandez, DiFelice, Mestri, Cillo), and the 2nd Round in Florida (Leon Boyd, who pitched himself into the Toronto Blue Jays organization, congrats!) and San Diego (Chapman, Vladimir Garcia, Oliver Perez).

    Added: Hisashi Iwakuma and Kyuji Fujikawa (Japan), and Bong Jung-Keun and Ryu Hyun-Jin (Korea) – Hardball Times

    WBC pitch speeds, they were generally slower than during the regular season showing that pitchers are not ready in March, not a big surprise. The pitcher with the most decline in velocity was Matsuzaka, which is kinda surprising considering he was training from January – BeyondTheBoxscore

    The Dutch-Canadian pitcher and recent Toronto Blue Jays signee Leon Boyd – one, two

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    アジア・チャレンジ・カップ決勝

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 21日 Saturday

    アブダビで行われているIIHF アジア・チャレンジ・カップ決勝の結果です。

    7位決定戦:マカオ8-1インド

    5位決定戦:モンゴル5-1シンガポール

    3位決定戦:マレーシア4-3香港

    決勝:タイ3-5アラブ首長国連邦

    見事開催国のアラブ首長国連邦が優勝しました!そしてマカオは7位決定戦で国際試合初勝利!おめでとう。これらの国(と2008年大会に参加していた台湾)は、結構拮抗しているので安心しました(20ゴール以上の得点差等の試合は無かった)。アジアのホッケー発展の為に重要な大会ですので、来年の開催も楽しみです。2010年は今年の大会主催に名乗りを上げていた台湾かな…?

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