Dream11 Fantasy NPB: Lions at Fighters

Dream11 Fantasy NPB: Lions at Fighters

This article is part of our Dream11 Fantasy NPB series.

Saitama Seibu Lions (18-21) at Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (20-20-2)

Saturday, August 8th, 1:00 AM EDT

Projected Starters

Fighters: RHP Kohei Arihara (1-5, 4.18 ERA)

Lions: RHP Wataru Matsumoto (1-3, 6.53 ERA)

Game Preview

The Fighters and the Lions are both outside of the current playoff zone, but the hosts are carrying a stronger form ahead of this matchup – they have gone 4-1 in their last five games, while the Lions have lost four of their previous five contests. The pitching matchup for this contest will feature two right-handers that haven't had strong results, although on the surface, Arihara's numbers are stronger than Matsumoto's. Plus, the Fighters have a stronger offense and that should also boost their chances of getting a positive result in this contest.

Injuries

Katsuhiko Kumon - Out - Upper Leg

7/31 1:37 AM IST - Kumon was deactivated Thursday and is expected to miss four weeks due a strained adductor muscle in his left leg, Jim Allen of JBallAllen.com reports. Kumon picked up the injury in his appearance in Wednesday's game against the Buffaloes, during which he blew a one-run lead. The lefty reliever owns a 4.97 ERA and 11:4 K:BB across 12.2 innings this season.

Yuki Nomura - Out - Finger

7/9 4:21 AM IST - Nomura had successful surgery Wednesday to address the broken right pinkie finger he suffered in Tuesday's loss to the Buffaloes, Full-Count.jp reports. Nomura is expected to face a three-month recovery from the procedure, effectively taking him off the radar

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