Ohno on a Streak for Dragons

Even in Japan the complete game is becoming more of a rarity. That is why the streak from Yudai Ohno has been so spectacular. With his latest outing, a 5-0 shutout of the Hiroshima Carp, it now gives him five complete games in a row. His last two outings have been shutouts, lowering his ERA to 2.34.

Only Tomoyuki Sugano of the Yomiuri Giants has a lower ERA (1.57). Sugano also has three shutouts and three complete games. No other pitcher has crooked numbers. Considering how slow Ohno started the season, going 0-3 in his first seven starts the streak from Ohno is remarkable.

While he has been a solid pitcher in his 10 year career with the Chunichi Dragons, he has never been considered one of the better pitchers in the NPB. His most complete games was in 2015 when he had six, with three of them shutouts. His high for wins in a season has been 11. With the Dragons he is 63-64 with a 3.24 ERA. Those Dragon teams have usually been awful, with a poor offense, so winning games was a challenge.

During the five game complete game streak Ohno has gone 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA. He has struck out 48 in those 45 innings. Normally, as a pitcher the whiff to innings pitch ratio for Ohno has been less than a strikeout per inning pitched. This year he has struck out 84 in 80.2 innings.

The Dragons continue to suffer trying to get over .500. This year they are still closer to the basement than near the top of the league, but they are only three games under .500, a big improvement over the last couple seasons. With a stable group of starting pitchers in Koji Fukutani and Takahiro Matsuba the Dragons could start making some noise in the Central Division

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