This article is part of our DFS NPB series.
The bats finally came alive across the league on the eighth day of the NPB season, with teams scoring an average of 6.3 runs. The Golden Eagles led the way, exploding to an 18-4 victory over the Fighters, with Hideto Asamura homering and driving in an incredible seven runs. Tetsuto Yamada also had a huge day for the Swallows, hitting a grand slam as part of a three-hit, five-RBI performance to help his side to a 9-6 victory over the Giants. Quality pitching performances were hard to find on a high-scoring day, but Atsuki Taneichi led the way, helping the Marines to a 2-1 victory by outdueling the Buffaloes' Daiki Tajima, striking out eight while allowing just one run on three hits in seven innings. Sunday's slate will see mid-rotation starters take the hill across the league. The contest will be just five games, with the Tigers-BayStars game again not included as it will start later than the rest. Three games will begin at midnight ET, with two more following one hour later.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto ($13,500) is the most expensive pitcher on the slate, but that certainly seems to be deserved. The 21-year-old is already starting his fourth career NPB season and is coming off a remarkable age-20 campaign in which he led the league with a 1.95 ERA. That figure doesn't seem like a fluke, as it came with a strong 23.0 percent strikeout rate and a 6.5 percent walk rate. He started this year strong as