How do they manage it? The Carp were in first place or second place for pretty much every day of the season and they managed to fall to third on the last day. And their supposedly "star" pitcher pitched pretty badly for the entire second half of the year and was particularly bad in every big game. It seems to me that Kenta Maeda doesn't have the stuff to play major league baseball. He can't even win the big games. He's just whistling in the wind. If he comes to the U.S., he will end up being an embarrassment to Japan. Anyway, maybe somehow they can win this series against Hanshin and make something happen. But if Maeda keeps pitching like a minor leaguer, I don't see much chance.