Professional baseball will start today on the 25th.
Following the lifting of priority measures such as prevention of the spread of measures against the new coronavirus, this year will be the first season in three years without setting a limit on the number of spectators.
In the Central League
, Yakult, who won the league title last year and won the best in Japan, played against Hanshin, who was second in last year, at Kyocera Dome Osaka.
▽ Giants and Chunichi will play at Tokyo Dome,
▽ DeNA and Hiroshima will play at Yokohama Stadium.
In the Pacific League
, Orix, who won the league last year, will play against Seibu, who is at the bottom, at the Berna Dome in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture.
▽ Softbank and Nippon-Ham will play at PayPay Dome in Fukuoka City,
▽ Rakuten will play against Lotte at Rakuten Seimei Park in Sendai City.
Due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection in professional baseball, the number of spectators was limited for the last two years, and there were some games that were not spectated.
Although the effects of the new coronavirus have continued, the number of spectators has not been limited for the first time in three years this season, as priority measures such as prevention of spread have been lifted in all regions on the 21st of this month. We are welcoming the opening.
In addition, overtime, which has been irregular in the last two seasons, will be held up to 12 times for the first time in three years.
Hanshin vs. Yakult
Yakult, aiming to win the league title in a row and become the best in Japan for the second consecutive year, will face Hanshin, who is second in last season, at Kyocera Dome Osaka.
Yasuhiro Ogawa will be the sixth opening pitcher for Yakult for the second consecutive year.
Munetaka Murakami, who won the Central League MVP last year, is the main player in the batting line.
Shintaro Fujinami will be the opening pitcher for the Hanshin Tigers for the second consecutive year, and Teruaki Sato, who is in the second year of the batting line, will be assigned the fourth position.
Giants vs. Chunichi
Last year, the 3rd place giant and the 5th place Chunichi will play at Tokyo Dome.
Ace pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano will be the eighth opening pitcher for the team, aiming to win the league title for the first time in two years and become the best in Japan for the first time in ten years.
The opening pitcher of Chunichi, led by Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, is Yudai Ohno, who will be the ace of both teams.
DeNA vs Hiroshima
Last year's bottom DeNA and 4th place Hiroshima will play at Yokohama Stadium.
DeNA, which aims to regain from the bottom, will be the first pitcher Katsuki Azuma in the fifth year to serve as the opening pitcher, and Shugo Maki in the second year will sit in the fourth.
The opening pitcher in Hiroshima is Daichi Ohsera for the fourth consecutive year.
Last year's rookie Ryoji Kuribayashi will serve as the restraint.
Seibu vs. Orix
Orix, aiming to win the league title in a row, will face Seibu at the bottom of the Berna Dome in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture.
The opening pitcher of ORIX is Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who won the Pacific League MVP last year.
The team is paying attention to whether they can stop the losing streak by pitching the ace during the 10th straight loss in the opening round.
Seibu, who finished at the bottom of the league for the first time since 1979 last season, will raise the starting pitchers and ace pitcher Kona Takahashi will serve as the opening pitcher.
Rakuten vs. Lotte
Last year, 3rd place Rakuten and 2nd place Lotte will play at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi in Sendai City.
At Rakuten, Yuma Yasuda, a rookie who is second in the draft, wears a starting mask at the opening.
The opening pitcher will be Takahiro Norimoto.
Lotte will also start in the starting lineup with catcher Ko Matsukawa, the first-ranked rookie in the draft after graduating from high school, and will team up with pitcher Ayumu Ishikawa.
Softbank vs. Nippon-Ham
Last year, 4th place Softbank and 5th place Nippon-Ham will play at the PayPay Dome in Fukuoka City.
Director Hiroshi Fujimoto of Softbank and director Tsuyoshi Shinjo of Nippon-Ham.
Both will be a match between teams led by the new manager.
The opening pitcher is Kodai Senga, an ace who has a good track record in Softbank, while Nippon-Ham has been overtaken by rookie Koki Kitayama, who is in 8th place in the draft.Keywords: