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Yokohama DeNA BayStars (25-23-2) at Hiroshima Toyo Carp (19-24-5)
Tuesday, August 18th, 5:00 AM EDT
Hiroshima Toyo Carp: RHP Aren Kuri (2-2, 4.05 ERA)
Yokohama DeNA BayStars: RHP Shoichi Inoh (3-3, 2.60 ERA)
These two teams are on opposite runs of form if we look at the overall season picture, with the Carp sitting in last place of the Central League standings while the BayStars are in second place and sitting close to the Yomiuri Giants in the race for first place. Both teams have been struggling of late, however, with each team winning just one of their last five contests. The pitching matchup could very well decide this duel between two struggling offenses and, in that department, the BayStars have the edge with Shoichi Inoh and his strong 2.60 ERA. The Carp will counter with Aren Kuri, who has posted a 4.05 ERA so far in 2020.
Tyler Austin - Out - Concussion
8/13 2:20 AM IST - Austin revealed that he suffered a concussion after colliding with an outfield wall in a July 31 game, Jim Allen of JBallAllen.com reports. The BayStars deactivated Austin on Aug. 5 with a neck injury, but receiving clearance from the concussion may be a greater concern at this point. Austin is eligible to rejoin the BayStars' roster Saturday, but manager Alex Ramirez said he doesn't think the 28-year-old will be ready to go by that point. Over 22 games on the season, Austin has slashed .320/.393/.627