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Tokyo Yakult Swallows (19-20-5) at Yomiuri Giants (25-15-3)
Thursday, August 13th, 5:00 AM EDT
Yomiuri Giants: LHP CC Mercedes (2-4, 3.72 ERA)
Tokyo Yakult Swallows: RHP Hirotoshi Takanashi (1-2, 4.73 ERA)
The Giants were riding a losing streak last week but those concerns have been put to rest, as they have secured a win and a tie in their last two contests and remain at the top of the Central League standings with a 25-15-3 record. Meanwhile, the Swallows are alive in a playoff race with very little margin for error – they've gone 19-20-5 this season and currently sit in fourth place of the standings. The Giants are favorites for what they've done all season long, but they can't get complacent. As it has been proven in the past, they're not an unbeatable team by any means. The pitching matchup will feature C.C. Mercedes for the Giants and Hirotoshi Takanashi for the Swallows. Yomiuri's lefty has a 3.72 ERA across 38.2 innings (seven starts) this season, while Takahashi has posted a 4.73 mark in 32.1 innings (six starts) in 2020.
Seiji Kobayashi - Out - Forearm
6/23 2:14 PM IST - Kobayashi will miss 3-to-4 weeks with a fractured left forearm, according to sponichi.co.jp. Kobayashi started the Giants' first and third games behind the plate, but he will not take the field again until sometime in July. Ginjiro Sumitani and Takumi Oshiro are in line to share the catching