“There have been a lot of unnecessary attacks this season.”
Can Softbank, which gave ORIX a big V reversal, recover with the climax series (CS)? First CS stage with Seibu, which will open at the PayPay Dome on the 8th. Will they be able to break through here and bring back Orix, who will be waiting for them at the final stage (Kyocera Dome Osaka, opening on the 12th)? Baseball critic Tetsuya Iida, who once coached at Softbank, ticked the key to revenge. The point is catcher Takuya Kai and “baseball to score a run.”
While reducing the winning magic to 1, it’s a surprise V. For Softbank, it was a humiliating last-minute result. There is no doubt that the damage is significant. Faced with the first stage CS, a change of mindset is essential. Mr. Iida pointed out, “I think it’s mentally tough, but if you get into CS when it’s tough, it’s over in no time.” “I want you to show your enthusiasm that ‘I’m going to be the best in Japan’, without being dragged down,” he said.
It’s worth Mr. Iida mentioning his name as the falcon’s key man. “(Regular Season) I think it’s normal to completely change the distribution of pitches. If you make the opponent think, ‘Huh?’, you win.” Because he became a representative catcher in the baseball world, his opponents studied the header. If you take advantage of it, it will become a new weapon. Mr. Iida nodded, “I expect that from Kai.”
In the first leg against Seibu, the goal is to deal with the main weapon, infielder Hodaka Yamakawa. In the regular season, he got 2 starting runs in the one-day game in Magic 1. In the 11th inning, which was 1-1, pitcher Teruya Fujii, who came up to the mound in 5th place, was struck with regret. “One shot is scary. It could decide the game. Don’t you think you don’t have to play badly? One way is to make it work. In a decisive short-term battle, you can’t do a single mistake,” Iida said. Mr. How will Kai manage ace Kodai Senga, who will start in the first game? He stressed: “If we are beaten in Senga, the Hawks will suffer immediately. This is important.”
Mr Iida also said: “I think the Hawks will be strong if they use bunts and end runs to score a point.” “This season, I tended to rely on repeat hits and repeat hits, and I felt like I wasn’t able to score when I should have. In 2018, the chances of a double play on an infield grounder were weak, so I was forced to hit normally, and as a result, I ran into a strikeout or a flyout, and there were many instances where runners couldn’t advance I feel like there have been a lot of unnecessary attacks.
Mr. Iida believes the key to SoftBank’s rematch is whether he can play in a different way from the regular season.