The Chiba Lotte Marines have a 2-0 lead in the Japan Series, and with the way the Hanshin Tigers have played the first two games, the Marines could leave Osaka with the Japan Series title.

If the Series is a sweep — and the Tigers have shown no reason why it won’t be — the Central League will have some hard thinking to do in the offseason. Its champion is being embarrassed in front of a national audience, and a large part of the reason is not having a postseason.

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