2018 Japan Series

2018 Japan Series
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Team (Wins)Manager(s) Season
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (4)Kimiyasu Kudo82–60–1 (.577), 6.5 GB
Hiroshima Toyo Carp (1)Koichi Ogata82–59–2 (.582), 7 GA
DatesOctober 27 – November 3, 2018
MVPTakuya Kai (SoftBank)
FSASeiya Suzuki (Hiroshima)
Broadcast
TelevisionTV Asahi (Games 1, 5)
Fuji TV (Game 2)
TBS (Games 3, 6)
NTV (Games 4)
NHK BS-1 (Games 3–5)
RadioRCC, RKB Mainichi, Kyushu Asahi, JOLF, NHK Radio 1
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The 2018 Japan Series was the championship series of Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) 2018 season. The 69th edition of the Japan Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, the Pacific League's (PL) Climax Series champion and defending Japan Series champions, and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, the Central League's (CL) Climax Series champion. The Hawks defeated the Carp, 4–1–1, in six games, to win their second consecutive Japan Series championship.

The Hawks finished the 2018 regular season in second place in the Pacific League. They advanced to the Japan Series after defeating the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and the Saitama Seibu Lions in the Climax Series. The Carp finished in first place in the Central League for the third consecutive year, earning a bye in the first stage of the Climax Series. They defeated the Yomiuri Giants in Climax Series to reach the Japan Series.

At Mazda Stadium in Hiroshima, the Hawks and Carp tied in Game 1, and the Carp won Game 2. The Hawks then won the next four games, including Games 3 through 5 at Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome in Fukuoka, to win the series. Takuya Kai won the Japan Series Most Valuable Player Award.

Climax Series

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks finished the 2018 regular season in second place behind the Saitama Seibu Lions, securing them a place as host team for the First Stage of the Climax Series, a best-of-three series against the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. After defeating the Fighters 2–1, SoftBank advanced to the Final Stage where they competed against the PL pennant winning Lions. The series is best-of-six and the Lions were awarded a one-win advantage as well as home field advantage for the entire series. The Hawks defeated the Lions 4–2 to advance to the Japan Series. Since the Climax Series' creation in 2007, it was only the second time a Pacific League team that didn't win the pennant advanced to the Japan Series and only the fourth time between both leagues.[1] For the third year in a row, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp won the Central League, giving them a First Stage bye and advancing them directly to the Final Stage. They swept the third place Yomiuri Giants in three games securing them a place in the Japan Series.[2]

  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         CL1 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1
      PL2 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  
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