Dream11 Fantasy NPB: Hawks at Fighters

Dream11 Fantasy NPB: Hawks at Fighters

This article is part of our Dream11 Fantasy NPB series.

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (5-6) vs Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (4-7)

Friday, July 3rd, 6:35 AM EDT

Projected Starters

RHP Kohei Arihara (0-2, 5.25 ERA) vs RHP Nao Higashihama (0-0, 2.45 ERA)

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Both the Hawks and the Fighters enter this matchup posting losing records and it's safe to say both teams have struggled with consistency in the first few weeks of the regular season. However, the pitching matchup is what stands out ahead of this game, as Kohei Arihara will collide Nao Higashihama in a battle of righties. Don't let Arihara's ERA fool you, because he has already racked up 14 strikeouts in just 12 innings of work this season, and could be in line to add a few more in his third start of the regular season. Higashihama produced a scoreless performance in the season opener, but he couldn't repeat that effort in his second outing of the campaign. He faces some tough hitters in this matchup and already allowed two homers the last time out, while racking up eight strikeouts in 11 innings so far in 2020.

Fighters' Expected Lineup

C – Haruki Nishikawa

RF – Taishi Ohta

LF – Kensuke Kondoh

1B – Sho Nakata

DH – Po-Jung Wang

2B – Ryo Watanabe

SS – Kazunari Ishii

3B – Yuki Nomura

C – Shingo Usami

Hawks' Expected Lineup

RF – Seiji Uebayashi

1B – Ryoya Kurihara

CF – Yuki Yanagita

DH – Wladimir Balentien

LF – Yuya Hasegawa

3B – Nobuhiro Matsuda

SS – Kenta Imamiya

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Juan Pablo Aravena
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