The Rakuten Monkeys welcome the Chinatrust Brothers for a meeting at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium. The cheerleaders and robot band will be out in anticipation of this matchup on Friday in Taiwan. Don’t forget about the cardboard fans, which now feature actual cutouts of fans printed faces.
For a cost, you can have your face on one of the “fans” in the grandstands at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium. Other leagues are picking up on the idea, and Germany is intending on doing the same in the Bundesliga. Football was supposed to return to Germany in a week, but that decision has been postponed. It’s all TBD like pretty well everything else around the world.
Since the CPBL has returned, there haven’t been any problems to speak of. There hasn’t been any news of players getting infected with Covid-19. So far so good for the CPBL. The next test will be the KBO in South Korea. They’re currently playing training camp matches without any problems. The regular season is scheduled to begin May 5 with five games on the card. There are ten teams in the KBO, so there’s going to be some more variety than the CPBL.
We will be covering both baseball leagues soon. The MLB is still weighing their options. It seems like their plans change often. They were going with teams being put in Florida and Arizona originally. And then the idea of playing in Texas was picking up steam. Now they seem to be intent on clubs playing in their home stadiums without fans.
Pay attention because there could be another new idea by the end of the weekend. As testing becomes more widely available, the idea of playing baseball becomes more realistic in North America. That’s going to be the only starting point to a doable plan working out for Major League Baseball, and other sport leagues for that matter.
As far as today is concerned, we still have baseball in Taiwan, though. The Chinatrust Brothers and Rakuten Monkeys will take the field. The 9-2 Monkeys have top honors, while the Brothers have something to improve on at 5-7. Head below for our free Chinatrust Brothers vs. Rakuten Monkeys pick for April 30, 2020.
Chinatrust Brothers vs. Rakuten Monkeys CPBL Betting Odds:
Chinatrust Brothers vs.Rakuten Monkeys Prediction:
The Chinatrust Brothers will depend on the arm of former Seattle Mariner, Ariel Maranda. Maranda has made a terrific debut in the CPBL after a fairly serviceable career in MLB. He was a large reason for why the Mariners had a postseason push in 2016. They were a competitive team and Miranda played a part in it. He finished the season with a 3.54 ERA and 1.089 WHIP against major league hitters. In 44 games, Miranda posted a 4.72 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in the majors.
In his first taste of the CPBL, Miranda has handled it well. He’s posted a 1.50 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in three outings, which includes 18 innings of work. Miranda has the potential to be one of the best pitchers in the CPBL this season. He could probably be a bullpen option in the majors if he wanted to play in the US. Miranda asked for his release in 2018 and made his way over to Asia to play. I don’t think he has the ability to start at that level any longer, but could be used in another role, something he doesn’t want to do. The Monkeys can hit the ball, but I think Miranda will be up for the challenge.
Lisalverto Bonilla will be making his third start of the season. Bonilla, who is a former member of the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds, posted a 6.28 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 15 appearances in the majors. In two starts and one appearance out of the bullpen, Bonilla has a 4.70 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 15.1 innings of play. Rakuten is going to command money from the public regardless of the situation. They’ve played well and are 9-2, so that’s an auto-bet to most people. However, Miranda should be able to keep this ballgame close. It’s likely a 1-run game either way, so +1.5 on the Brothers looks good.