The Chinatrust Brothers and Fubon Guardians wrap up a brief two-game series on Thursday in the CPBL. We have another CPBL betting prediction for you in this contest from Taiwan. The Fubon Guardians pummeled the Brothers for a 9-3 win on Wednesday, as they look for the two-game sweep today. With the Rakuten Monkeys losing as sizable favorites yesterday, the Guardians were able to inch slightly closer to the Monkeys in the standings.
They’re going to need a lot more of that to catch up, though. The Monkeys own a record of 15-5, while the Guardians, Uni-Lions, and Brothers all have 9 wins. It might be a race for 2nd in the CPBL, so maybe focusing on catching the Monkeys isn’t the best idea. Somebody is likely going to have to play the Monkeys in the Taiwan Series, anyway.
Parity is strong when it comes to every team behind the Monkeys in the CPBL. The Monkeys won’t be able to win every game, and they didn’t look like the best club yesterday, but the most talent is certainly on their roster. The Brothers are on a three-game losing skid heading into Thursday. They’re coming off losses of 6-3, 5-4, and 9-3. Credit them for hanging around against the Monkeys and making things interesting in those 6-3 and 5-4 losses.
You don’t get sympathy points in sports, though, so the Brothers have regressed to 9-12, having played one more game than the Guardians and two more than the Uni-Lions. I’d like to say that the Guardians are the next best club after the Monkeys, but it’s all rather premature at the moment. That could change in a week or two.
The Brothers, and like we saw Wednesday, the Uni-Lions are going to be a threat. We’ll see if the Chinatrust (CTBC) Brothers respond with a better performance after getting smashed yesterday. Head below for our free Chinatrust Brothers vs. Fubon Guardians pick for May 14, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Guardians will trot out Chen Shih-Peng for his fifth start of 2020 on Thursday. Chen might be young as a 22-year-old, but is already in his fourth season playing in the CPBL. This most certainly isn’t like the major leagues where a young pitcher is groomed in the minors before going to the major leagues. Saving their arm for the future isn’t really something that is concerned in the CPBL. If you’re good enough to pitch in the CPBL, then off you go. That said, it can take a few seasons for pitchers to reach their full potential.
Chen has shown excellent strides after failing to get his arm in gear in 2017 and 2018. He posted ERA’s of 13.50 and 7.24 in his first two seasons as an 18-year-old and 19-year-old. There isn’t much that you can expect from an undeveloped arm at that age. We’ve noted considerable improvement for Chen since he was afforded some time to develop, though.
He notched an ERA of 3.48 and 1.50 WHIP in 2019 to show terrific improvements from earlier in his career. In three warm-up starts with the II club this season, Chen recorded a 2.81 ERA and 1.13 WHIP for another promising sign. In four outings this season, he has a respectable ERA of 4.07 and 1.40 WHIP.
The Brothers were silent offensively yesterday, and face another tall order on Thursday against Chen. Can we rely on Chinatrust starter, Huang En-Sig as much as Chen, though? Huang is in his second season in the CPBL after making his debut last March. The 23-year-old was shaky as a rookie, with a 7.47 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 14 starts and three outings out of the bullpen. He’s been able to post better numbers in three starts in the 2020 campaign, though will have to improve on a 4.76 ERA. Huang holds a career ERA of 6.93 ERA and 1.70 WHIP between 2019 and 2020. I have more confidence in Chen coming up bigger for the Guardians in this one.