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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (24-19-1) at Saitama Seibu Lions (18-23)
Tuesday, August 11th, 5:00 AM EDT
Saitama Seibu Lions: RHP Kona Takahashi (2-4, 6.23 ERA)
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles: LHP Hayato Yuge (2-1, 3.26 ERA)
Based on the standings and the overall performances, the Golden Eagles should be clear favorites over the Lions and for good reason – while Tohoku lead the Pacific League standings, the Lions are in fifth place of the standings while riding a four-game losing streak. The pitching matchup for Tuesday's contests features a righty versus a lefty, as Kona Takahashi will start for the Lions and Hayato Huge will do so for the Golden Eagles. The Eagles also have the edge when it comes to the pitching department, as Yuge's 3.26 ERA looks excellent compared to Takahashi's 6.23 mark. Yuge has also pitched more innings (36.2 against 34.2) and allowed fewer walks (13 against 17), although Takahashi has the edge in the strikeout department (31 against Yuge's 27) while pitching two fewer frames. That means both pitchers could still carry value ahead of this contest.
Neither team is dealing with injuries at the moment.
Saitama Seibu Lions Expected Lineup
2. Sosuke Genda
5. Tomoya Mori
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Expected Lineup
1. Eigoro Mogi
3. Jabari Blash