2018 Nippon Professional Baseball season

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2018 NPB season
League Nippon Professional Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 30 – November 3, 2018
Number of games 143
Number of teams 12
Central League Pennant
League champions Hiroshima Toyo Carp
  Runners-up Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Pacific League Pennant
League champions Saitama Seibu Lions
  Runners-up Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Climax Series
CL champions Hiroshima Toyo Carp
  CL runners-up Yomiuri Giants
PL champions Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
  PL runners-up Saitama Seibu Lions
Japan Series
Champions Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
  Runners-up Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Finals MVP Takuya Kai
NPB seasons

The 2018 Nippon Professional Baseball season is the 69th season since the NPB was reorganized in 1950.

Regular season standings

Central League regular season standings[1]
Pos Team G W L T Pct. GB Home Road
1 xHiroshima Toyo Carp 143 82 59 2 .582 45-25–2 37-34–0
2 yTokyo Yakult Swallows 143 75 66 2 .532 7.0 41-30–0 34-36–2
3 yYomiuri Giants 143 67 71 5 .482 13.5 33–38–1 34–33–4
4 Yokohama DeNA Baystars 143 67 74 2 .475 14.0 33–38–1 34–36–1
5 Chunichi Dragons 143 63 78 2 .447 19.0 36–33-2 27–45–0
6 Hanshin Tigers 143 62 79 2 .440 20.0 27–42–2 35–37–0
Pacific League regular season standings[2]
Pos Team G W L T Pct. GB Home Road
1 xSaitama Seibu Lions 143 88 53 2 .624 45–24–2 43–29–0
2 yFukuoka SoftBank Hawks 143 82 60 1 .577 6.5 40–30–1 42–30–0
3 yHokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 143 74 66 3 .529 13.5 40–29–2 34–37–1
4 Orix Buffaloes 143 65 73 5 .471 21.5 33–37–2 32–36–3
5 Chiba Lotte Marines 143 59 81 3 .421 28.5 28–43–1 31–38–2
6 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 143 58 82 3 .414 29.5 22–50–0 36–32–3

x – clinched league pennant and Final Stage Climax Series berth
y – clinched First Stage Climax Series berth

Interleague results

Current as of the 25 September, 2018

Please note that interleague results are placed in order of current regular season standings. The 'I' column indicates the teams' interleague position.

The interleague results are indicative only of the teams playing ability against those teams in the opposing league, and have no bearing on the placings or Climax Series'. The sponsor, Nippon Life, does hand out awards to players and teams based on their finishing in the Interleague standings, however.

Central League regular season standings[1]
Pos Team G W L T Pct. I Home Road
1 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 18 7 11 0 .389 4 5–4–0 2–7–0
2 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 18 12 6 0 .667 1 6–3–0 6–3–0
3 Yomiuri Giants 18 8 10 0 .444 2 4–5–0 4–5–0
4 Chunichi Dragons 18 7 11 0 .389 4 4–5–0 3–6–0
5 Yokohama DeNA Baystars 18 8 10 0 .444 2 6–3–0 2–7–0
6 Hanshin Tigers 18 6 11 1 .353 6 2–6–1 4–5–0
Pacific League regular season standings[2]
Pos Team G W L T Pct. I Home Road
1 Saitama Seibu Lions 18 10 8 0 .556 4 5–4–0 5–4–0
2 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 18 11 7 0 .611 2 6–3–0 5–4–0
3 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 18 10 8 0 .556 4 6–3–0 4–5–0
4 Orix Buffaloes 18 11 6 1 .647 1 7–2–0 4–4–1
5 Chiba Lotte Marines 18 11 7 0 .611 2 6–3–0 5–4–0
6 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 18 6 12 0 .333 6 3–6–0 3–6–0

Climax Series

  First Stage     Final Stage     Japan Series
                           
  Central League     1 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 4  
  2 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0     3 Yomiuri Giants 0    
  3 Yomiuri Giants 2         CL Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1
      PL Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4
  Pacific League     1 Saitama Seibu Lions 2    
  2 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 2     2 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4  
  3 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 1  

First stage

Central League

Tokyo Yakult Swallows (0) vs. Yomiuri Giants (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 13 Yomiuri Giants – 4, Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 1 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:06 30,735 
2 October 14 Yomiuri Giants – 4, Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 0 Meiji Jingu Stadium 2:40 30,798

Pacific League

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (2) vs. Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 13 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 3, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 8 Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome 3:35 35,301 
2 October 14 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 4, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 2 Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome 3:32 38,125 
3 October 15 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 2, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 5 Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome 3:46 34,794

Final stage

Central League

Hiroshima Carp (4) vs. Yomiuri Giants (0)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 17 Yomiuri Giants – 1, Hiroshima Carp – 6 Mazda Stadium 3:07 31,311 
2 October 18 Yomiuri Giants – 1, Hiroshima Carp – 4 Mazda Stadium 2:36 31,356 
3 October 19 Yomiuri Giants – 1, Hiroshima Carp – 5 Mazda Stadium 3:02 31,371

Pacific League

Saitama Seibu Lions (2) vs. Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (4)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 17 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 10, Saitama Seibu Lions – 4 MetLife Dome 3:25 31,961 
2 October 18 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 5, Saitama Seibu Lions – 13 MetLife Dome 3:30 31,106 
3 October 19 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 15, Saitama Seibu Lions – 4 MetLife Dome 3:30 31,238 
4 October 20 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 8, Saitama Seibu Lions – 2 MetLife Dome 3:31 32,170 
5 October 21 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 6, Saitama Seibu Lions – 5 MetLife Dome 3:26 31,532

Japan Series

SoftBank Hawks won the series, 4–1–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 27 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 2 @ Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 2 (12) Mazda Stadium 4:38 30,727 
2 October 28 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 1 @ Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 5 Mazda Stadium 2:55 30,724 
3 October 30 Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 8 @ Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 9 Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome 3:57 35,746 
4 October 31 Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 1 @ Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 4 Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome 3:21 35,796 
5 November 1 Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 4 @ Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 5 (10) Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome 4:25 35,917 
6 November 3 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 2 @ Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 0 Mazda Stadium 3:14 30,723

See also

References

  1. ^ a b 一般社団法人日本野球機構. "2018 Central League Standings". Npb.jp. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b 一般社団法人日本野球機構. "2018 Pacific League Standings". Npb.jp. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
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