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BayStars (15-16-1) at Giants (19-9-2)
July 28th, 5:00 AM EDT
Giants: RHP Tomoyuki Sugano (4-0, 1.77 ERA)
BayStars: RHP Kentaro Taira (2-1, 1.88 ERA)
The Giants and the BayStars are riding different runs of form heading into Tuesday's contest. While the Giants are sitting at the top of the Central League standings with a 19-9-2 record and a 2-2-1 record in their last five, the BayStars are 3-1-1 in their last five but sit in fourth place with 15 wins and 16 losses, while drawing once. The Giants are comfortable looking towards a playoff spot, while the BayStars remain outside of the postseason picture despite their good results last week. The pitching matchup ahead of this duel certainly stands out, with the Giants trotting Tomoyuki Sugano and the BayStars responding with Kentaro Taira. Surprisingly, both pitchers have ERAs under the 2.00 mark. While Sugano has a 1.77 ERA for one of the best teams in the league, Taira has done his part for the BayStars with a 1.88 ERA in 38.1 innings.
Rubby De La Rosa - Out - Abdomen
7/7 1:49 AM IST - De La Rosa was removed from the Giants' active roster Monday due to a left abdominal muscle strain, NikkanSports.com reports. De La Rosa was off to a hot start in his first full season in NPB, notching four saves and allowing no runs in his five appearances with the club. He'll most likely be down for at least