By Robiel Vega / @ robielcuba87
For five seasons, when the Pinar del Río Livan moinelo debuted in the Professional League of Japan, the highest category of Japanese baseball and considered by many the second best league in the world, we have witnessed how its level has grown each season to become a benchmark in terms of relay pitching.
This campaign has not been the exception, fulfilling different functions, including that of closer at some point in the season, his numbers are spectacular. In 33 outings to the grass he has added a victory without defeat, five saves and 15 hold points. But the most relevant thing is that he maintains an ERA of 1.15, WHIP of 1.09 and average of 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings (42 K in 31.1 INN).
After another season of the highest level, Liván Moinelo returns to Cuba due to personal problems, according to a colleague Francys Romero on his Twitter account. The specific reasons are not detailed, but sources close to Francys from Japan say your return is not expected until the start of the postseason.
Let us remember that Liván is part of the Softbank Falcons, a team that has won the Japan Series for the last 4 years and that after 130 games it is in fourth position in the Pacific League, five games behind the Rakuten Eagles , who occupy the third and last place to qualify for the postseason. At this time they show a negative balance of 53 wins, 57 losses and 20 draws.
Moinelo’s numbers in five seasons are spectacular, with 226 starts, 220 innings pitched, 298 strikeouts and 107 walks. They have barely connected him 186 hits and have made him 66 runs, 56 of them clean, for a 2.29 ERA. His balance of wins and losses is 15 and 8, with 11 saves and 110 Hold Points (preserved scores), a department in which he has become a true specialist, reaching a personal best of 40 in 2020.
Hopefully, whatever the reason why this stellar Cuban launcher returns to the island, it will be resolved as soon as possible and from Full swing We send you our best wishes so that you can soon return to Japan to continue representing Cuban baseball with the quality that characterizes it. That’s all for now, we’ll see you next time.