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Chiba Lotte Marines (19-19-1) at Orix Buffaloes (14-21-4)
Wednesday, August 5th, 5:00 AM EDT
Orix Buffaloes: RHP Yu Suzuki (1-2, 6.04 ERA)
Chiba Lotte Marines: LHP Kazuya Ojima (2-3, 4.73 ERA)
The Buffaloes have struggled massively all season long, and they currently sit in last place of the Pacific League with a 14-21-4 record. They have won just once in their last five games as well, going 1-3-1 during that stretch. As for the Marines, they sit in third place with a 19-19-1 record but have lost just two of their last five games, winning twice and drawing once during that stretch. The pitching matchup for this contest does not feature many enticing alternatives, with Kazuya Ojima notching a 4.73 ERA. That's better than what the Buffaloes will send, however, as Yu Suzuki owns a 6.04 ERA in the current campaign. This seems like a game where the offenses will decide the outcome and, with that in mind, the Marines might have an advantage given their superior lineup.
Andrew Albers - Out - Undisclosed
7/30 2:57 AM IST - The Buffaloes deactivated Albers on Wednesday, Jim Allen of JBallAllen.com reports. Though an explanation for Albers' removal from the roster isn't known, it's likely the result of an injury rather than any dissatisfaction the club may have had with his performance. The 34-year-old southpaw had fared respectably through his first six starts, going 2-3 with a 3.78 ERA and 29:9 K:BB over 33.1 innings.