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ORIX Buffaloes (8-11-2) vs Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (10-10-1)
Tuesday, July 14th, 5:00 AM EDT
Neither the Buffaloes nor the Hawks have looked very impressive during the current season, and both teams are still trying to find consistency. Both clubs are also at or under the .500 mark in the Pacific League standings, although the Hawks sit just 2.5 games behind the league-leading Rakuten Golden Eagles, so they seem to be better equipped ahead of this duel. Speaking of duels, the pitching matchup will be one to watch closely. The Buffaloes will send Andrew Albers to the mound, while the Hawks will trout their ace and #1 starter, Kodai Senga. Albers carries a 2.12 ERA and 0.76 WHIP over 17 innings this year. Meanwhile, Senga missed a few weeks due to injury but looked impressive in his season debut, allowing three runs across five innings. He went 13-8 with a 2.79 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 11.3 K/9 over 180.1 innings in 2019.