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[NPB NOTEBOOK] Slumping Giants in Peril of Not Making Postseason

Japan’s most popular professional baseball team is in a malaise that has seen it drop as low as fifth in the Central League standings.

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Yomiuri Giants manager Tatsunori Hara's club is currently out of the playoff picture. (ⒸSANKEI)

There is something wrong with Japan’s most popular team.

The Yomiuri Giants lost 4-2 to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Tuesday, August 30 to fall eight games under .500 and into fifth place in the Central League standings, 15 games out of first place.

This from a team that has every advantage imaginable: money, popularity and the power that comes with being Japan’s oldest professional team.

With a month left in the season, the Giants are in peril of not making the postseason for the first time since 2016.

Read the full story, here, on JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website, SportsLook.

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