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Hanshin Tigers (14-14-1) at Chunichi Dragons (12-19-1)
Sunday, July 26th, 1:00 AM EDT
Chunichi Dragons: Kodai Umetsu (2-3, 5.60 ERA)
Hanshin Tigers: LHP Yuta Iwasada (2-1, 3.54 ERA)
After the first few weeks of action in the NBP, it's clear neither the Dragons nor the Tigers are likely to contend for a playoff spot in the Central League. While the Dragons are in late place and coming off a 2-3 record in their last five contests, the Tigers have not fared much better and sit just two wins above them while posting a 2-2-1 record in their last five games. The pitching matchup in this one will feature a righty, Kodai Umetsu, and a lefty in Yuta Iwasada. It's safe to say both hurlers have struggled so far in 2020. The righty Umetsu carries a 5.60 ERA and 26:17 K:BB to begin the season. Meanwhile, the southpaw Iwasada has a 3.54 ERA and 23:9 K:BB over his first five starts this season.
Zoilo Almonte - Out - Side
7/3 2:43 PM IST - Almonte was removed from the Dragons' active roster after suffering a side injury Thursday. Almonte hit a ball off his side in Thursday's contest, and he'll be examined Saturday to determine the severity. He'll have to spend at least 10 days off the roster as he recovers. Almonte has a .317 OBP with one home run and five RBI over his first 12 games of 2020.
Joe Gunkel - Out