Tomoyuki Sugano Wins Sawamura Award

For the second year in a row Tomoyuki Sugano of the Yomiuri Giants wins the Sawamura award, which is equivalent to the Cy Young award in the major leagues. Unlike the Cy Young a Japanese pitcher must meet certain qualifying criteria in order to even be considered for the Sawamura award. In some years no pitchers have met the criteria resulting in no award being given.

A pitcher has to get at least 15 wins, strike out at least 150, complete ten games, have a 2.50 ERA or better, pitch at least 200 innings, appear in at least 25 games and have a .600 or better winning percentage. Sugano met all those criteria with a 15-8 record resulting in a .652 winning percentage, 202 innings pitched with 200 whiffs with a 2.14 ERA while starting 28 games. He had 10 complete games, 8 of them shutouts.

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