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Chunichi Dragons (19-26-4) at Yomiuri Giants (27-15-3)
Saturday, August 15th, 1:00 AM EDT
Yomiuri Giants: LHP Kazuto Taguchi (2-1, 3.60 ERA)
Chunichi Dragons: RHP Yuichiro Okano (2-1, 4.82 ERA)
The Giants and the Dragons are riding through different runs of form at the moment, with Yomiuri on a four-game undefeated streak (W3, D1) while the Dragons have won just two of their last five contests (W2, D1, L2). The record of both clubs this season paints a perfect picture of what both teams have been so far, with the Giants leading the Central League standings while the Dragons are dead last in the same table. The pitching matchup for this game features Kazuto Taguchi for the Giants and Yuichiro Okano for the Dragons. Taguchi has a better ERA and also has more support compared to what Okano might have in the Chunichi lineup, so the lefty looks like a solid fantasy asset here.
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.
Ryosuke Hirata - Out - Elbow
7/23 1:30 AM IST - The Dragons deactivated Hirata