Jason Standridge is currently penciled in to start game 3 of the CL Final Stage. But if Yasutomo Kubo isn't capable of making his game 2 start, Standridge could be called on to start game 2. And that could mean a game 3 start for Takumi Akiyama (should the series require a third game), since the Tigers would most likely hold Kubo back
Incidentally, if Kubo is ok to start game 2, Akiyama could still get a chance to start a game against the Chunichi Dragons in the Final Stage (should the Tigers advance). Nikkan Sports also mentions that Randy Messenger is currently penciled in to start game 6 of the Final Stage (if the Tigers make it that far).
In other team news...
The Tigers are expected to begin negotiations to keep Tomoaki Kanemoto in a Hanshin uniform once the Climax Series ends. Kanemoto earned his FA option on 8/17 (third time in his career). The Tigers are also hoping to hold on to both Kentaro Sekimoto and Yuya Ando.