At Chiba Marine Stadium in interleague play, Lotte made 10-4 against Chunichi since its introduction in 2005. On the current Japan Series Marines trounced the Chunichi Dragons 7:1 in Game 3 on Tuesday for reversal and 2-1 series lead. Hayden Penn or Yuki Karakawa will probably start today's Game 4 for Chiba Lotte Marines against Kenichi Nakata or veteran left-hander Masahiro Yamamoto. You have to careful because Penn has never pitched against Chunichi since he joined the Marines, after the interleague period. He is former Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander and he the last time pitched on October 15, when he defeated in Game 2 of the Climax Series final stage against the Softbank Hawks. In that game he allowed in only three innings three runs and one earned. On the other side, the 45-year-old Yamamoto is looking to become the oldest pitcher in Japanese baseball history to win a postseason game. For those who do not know, Chiba manager until last year was the famous Bobby Valentine from the Mets, and the current manager was his student. Valentine called Chiba's fans the greatest fans in the world. Indeed, for this team, playing at home is very important. Another thing is very important for this match. Visiting team is without the best players, Chen, who will be absent for next three games. Finally, made a reversal in the series is important because the home team has a psychological advantage, which is likely to take advantage and win this match.
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