Morishita, Maki and Sato clean up, Okabayashi is number one
The “Car Next Asian Professional Baseball Championship 2023” will be held at Tokyo Dome on the 16th, and Japan’s national baseball team “Samurai Japan” will play against Chinese Taipei. The starting lineups for both teams have been announced.
The first game for Samurai Japan, led by coach Hirokazu Ibata. Infielder Hidego Maki (DeNA) came in at No. 4. He contributed to regaining the world No. 1 spot in this spring’s World Baseball Classic (WBC). The 25-year-old is the only WBC member to be selected, and expectations are high that he will be the mainstay.
Outfielder Yuki Okabayashi (Chunichi) is the “No. 1/midfielder”. Outfielder Shota Morishita will play “number 3, left wing,” and infielder Teruaki Sato will play “number 5, third base,” as the Hanshin team cleans up. The Giants’ 21-year-old infielder, Yuto Akihiro, is the No. 9 DH. There are batters in the bottom of the lineup who can be expected to get a hit.
Pitcher Yushi Akahoshi (Giants) will be the starter. He pitched in 12 games this season, his second year, with 5 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 3.39.In his 6 appearances since August, he has been extremely stable with 5 wins, 1 loss, and an ERA of 1.36. In the practice match against the Giants (SOKKEN Stadium) on the 10th, he allowed 4 hits and 1 run in 3 innings.
1 (middle) Yuki Okabayashi
2 (Play) Kaito Kozono
3 (Left) Shota Morishita
4 (1) Hidego Maki
5 (3) Teruaki Sato
6 (right) Nakamasa Manpa
7 (Captivity) Shogo Sakakura
8 (2) Makoto Kadowaki
9 (Finger) Yuto Akihiro
Pitcher Yuji Akahoshi
[Actual starting lineup]21-year-old cannon in number 9…Lineup for the match against Taiwan lined up with super gorgeous cleanup