Dream11 Fantasy NPB: Fighters at Golden Eagles

Dream11 Fantasy NPB: Fighters at Golden Eagles

This article is part of our Dream11 Fantasy NPB series.

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (4-2) vs Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (3-3)

Friday, June 26th, 6:35 AM EDT

Projected starters

RHP Takahiro Norimoto (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs RHP Kohei Arihara (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

Game Preview

The Golden Eagles enter this matchup holding a 4-2 record, while the Fighters have posted a 3-3 mark. These two teams have already played four times this season and Rakuten hold a 2-1 advantage. The Fighters won 8-5 during Thursday's meeting, but Tohoku Rakuten took control of the series after winning the first two games – 5-2 and 4-0, respectively. Ahead of this contest, both teams will trout their respective aces. The Golden Eagles will send Takahiro Norimoto, while the Fighters will counter with Kohei Arihara. Norimoto had a 2.49 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 83 strikeouts over 83 innings for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2019 and allowed one run across seven innings in his 2020 debut, while Arihara gave up three runs in six frames during Opening Day. He had a 2.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 161 strikeouts in 164.1 innings last season.

Rakuten Golden Eagles Expected Lineup:

SS – Eigoro Mogi

3B – Daichi Suzuki

DH – Jabari Blash

2B – Hideto Asamura

LF – Hiroaki Shimauchi

RF – Stefen Romero

1B – Ginji Akaminai

C – Hikaru Ohta

CF – Ryosuke Tatsumi

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Expected Lineup:

CF – Haruki Nishikawa

RF – Taishi Ohta

LF – Kensuke Kondoh

1B – Sho Nakata

DH – Po-Jung Wang

2B – Ryo Watanabe

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Juan Pablo Aravena
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