Chiba Lotte Marines Sasaki Rocky (22) will start as a starting pitcher in the first leg of the All-Star Game.
On the 18th, Japanese media Sponichi Annex said, “The starting pitcher for the first leg of the All-Star Game to be held at Vantelin Dome on the 19th has been announced. The Central League was named Murakami Shoki (Hanshin), and the Pacific League was named Rocky.”온라인바카라
Sasaki made a name for himself last season by achieving the youngest perfect game in Nippon Professional Baseball. He is 7-2 with a 1.48 earned run average in 12 games (79 innings) this season. He is leading the league in earned run average and first in strikeouts (121). In particular, his strikeout is maintaining the overwhelming first place throughout the two major leagues. It is 14 points away from Atsuki Taneichi (Chiba Lotte, 107 strikeouts), who is second in strikeouts.
Sasaki, who expressed his gratitude through the club, saying, “A lot of people voted for me,” said, “I want to pitch in good condition because I am going to the mound with many fans expecting it. There are only good hitters in the All-Star Game, and since they conceded runs in the All-Star Game last year, I definitely want to block them this year. I will do my best to have a good match with the hitters and to help the fans enjoy the festival.”
Sponichi Annex said, “Sasaki was selected as an all-star through a fan vote for the second year in a row. Last year, when he appeared in the All-Star Game for the first time, he started in Game 2, but allowed 3 hits and 1 run in the 1st inning and did not strike out any. However, he recorded the highest velocity (162 km) in the All-Star Game with Ohtani (Angels) in 2014,” he explained.
Sasaki, who is showing a step up in growth this season, threw a top speed of 165 km/h, and along with Ohtani, who is active in the major leagues, achieved a tie for the highest speed among Japanese pitchers in the Nippon Professional Baseball League. In the last appearance of the first half, he won 7 innings, 3 hits, 14 strikeouts and 1 run.