This article is part of our Dream11 Fantasy NPB series.
Hiroshima Toyo Carp (15-19-4) at Tokyo Yakult Swallows (17-17-5)
Thursday, August 6th, 5:00 AM EDT
Swallows: LHP Keiji Takahashi (1-1, 2.28 ERA)
Carp: RHP Yosuke Nomura (2-0, 0.86 ERA)
The Carp enter this game in a good run of form, as they have won each of their last three contests and seem to be on the rise. The Swallows, on the other hand, have gone D1, L4 in their last five games. This negative streak has forced them to fall to third place in the Central League standings, and they could be out of the playoffs by the end of the week if they don't pick things up soon. The pitching matchup for this game features two hurlers that have been pitching extremely well of late, as lefty Keiji Takahashi will go up against righty Yosuke Nomura. Takahashi has a 2.28 ERA, while Nomura enters this game with an even-better 0.86 ERA. Don't be surprised if the pitching performances end up deciding the outcome of this game.
Yuhei Nakamura - Out - Undisclosed
6/20 10:09 AM IST - Nakamura was removed from the Yakult Swallows' roster Friday due to an undisclosed injury, BaseballKings reports. Nakamura didn't appear in the team's season opener, and he'll now miss time with an injury, although it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Nakamura appeared in 126 games last season, logging a .269 batting average with five home runs and 36 RBI. Suguru Ino was promoted in a corresponding move.