Dream11 Fantasy NPB: Fighters at Buffaloes

Dream11 Fantasy NPB: Fighters at Buffaloes

This article is part of our Dream11 Fantasy NPB series.

ORIX Buffaloes (5-11-2) vs Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (7-9-2)

Friday, July 10th, 5:00 AM EDT

Projected Starters

RHP Tsubasa Sakakibara (0-0, 1.80 ERA) vs RHP Kohei Arihara (0-3, 5.40 ERA)

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Both the Buffaloes and the Fighters are not exactly "contending" teams in the Pacific League, as both sit in the bottom half of the standings. That said, the Fighters look like the better team on paper thanks to their superior winning percentage and a stronger lineup. When it comes to the pitching duel, Tsubasa Sakakibara will start for the Buffaloes, while Kohei Arihara will grab the ball for the Fighters. Sakakibara has made just one start in 2020 and allowed one earned run off five hits and three walks while striking out four over five innings. Meanwhile, Arihara has lost his first three decisions but has delivered good sensations when looking at his peripheral stats. Despite an inflated 5.40 ERA, he has a strong 1.25 WHIP and also owns a 16:2 K:BB in 20 innings this year.

ORIX Buffaloes Expected Lineup:

1B – Takahiro Okada

DH – Aderlin Rodriguez

LF – Masataka Yoshida

RF – Adam Jones

3B – Keita Nakagawa

2B – Koji Ohshiro

C – Kenya Wakatsuki

SS – Ryoichi Adachi

CF – Shunta Gotoh

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

SS – Kazunari Ishii

3B – Yuki Nomura

C – Shingo Usami

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