After the first full week of action in the pandemic-delayed 2020 NPB season, there’s no team riding higher than the 8-1 Chiba Lotte Marines.

This past week in Japanese baseball saw the introduction of six-game series in the Pacific League, a measure put in place to limit travel amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Lotte marked the occasion with an unprecedented six-game sweep of the visiting Orix Buffaloes.