Here are the starting pitchers for NPB’s games of Saturday, June 27.
Eagles vs Fighters: Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi 2 pm, 1 am EDT
Lions vs Hawks: MetLife Dome 2 pm, 1 am EDT
Marines vs Buffaloes: Zozo Marine Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT
Dragons vs Carp: Nagoya Dome 2 pm, 1 am EDT
BayStars vs Tigers: Yokohama Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Swallows vs Giants: Jingu Stadium 2 pm, 1 am EDT
Ogawa had a nice start to the 2020 season, two runs, six strikeouts, no walks over six innings, which is a nice break from his 5-12 finish in 2019, when he led both leagues in losses.
Taguchi was one of Japan’s most reliable starters in 2016 and 2017, but his strikeouts began to diminish in 2018 and he found himself in the bullpen last year. His first start was not an overwhelming success, with three walks and a home run over five innings, but it must be nice to be back in the rotation.