Two matches are on the docket in Taiwan on Sunday, as the CPBL keeps rolling along. With some hesitation around the world regarding the restart of leagues, the CPBL is up and running. Not only are they up and running, but there hasn’t been any hitches holding up their operation. As far as I know, none of the players our staff have tested positive for Covid-19, so pausing the season hasn’t been a question thus far.
Taiwan has handled the pandemic like a boss and was on top of the situation right away. As a result, the country is up and running faster than the vast majority of others. That includes baseball and basketball, which has played without fans in attendance, but it’s still impressive to be playing at all.
South Korea is taking their lead and the KBO is set to begin on May 5. They are currently in the midst of pre-season matches to get warmed up for the start of the regular season. No official word on whether ESPN came to an agreement with the KBO to broadcast games. ESPN is desperate for content to air, but keep in mind that these games are being played typically around 5 a.m.
Considering how well the CPBL is doing with online broadcasts, ESPN would still attract plenty of eyeballs. That said, Disney really has nothing to go off of to try and calculate out how many viewers they’d get. That’s especially going to be the determining factor for working out a deal. They have to attract advertisers to make money off a deal, obviously.
The Rakuten Monkeys are coming off a 16-11 win over the Chinatrust Brothers on Saturday. The bullpens are absolutely gassed over the past few days. There’s nothing left in the tank. If the starting pitchers get into early issues, then it’s a sure thing that a crazy final score is going to follow. There were a total of 37 hits in the ballgame. The Brothers and Monkeys are scheduled to meet again on Sunday around 5:00 a.m. EST. Head below for our free Chinatrust Brothers vs. Rakuten Monkeys pick.
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Between Game 1 and 2 of this series, there has been a total of 45 runs scored. The Monkeys lost in a thriller on Friday, as they tied the game up in the bottom of the 9th, but couldn’t get any further against the Brothers. Chinatrust ultimately got the win by a score of 10-8. However, their bullpen was dead after that one, as they depleted their relievers.
They were unable to keep things together the next day, as the Brothers had to dig deep again. It didn’t go well, as the Monkeys pounded the Brothers for 16 runs. Rakuten scored 7 runs in the 3rd inning and then 6 in the 6th for 13 runs between just two innings.
It’s likely not going to get better for the pitching on Sunday. The Brothers will send out 0-3 Jose De Paula, who is searching for his first in Taiwan. He’s posted a 5.12 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, which is serviceable, but any sign of issues for De Paula, and the scoring is going to get out of control again. The Monkeys will blow open the scoreboard again. I don’t think De Paula has what it takes to get out of this match without his numbers taking a hit. What does Chinatrust do then? They’ll have to go to their gassed bullpen and hope for the best.
The Monkeys will be going with Wei-Chun Weng as their starting pitcher in this one. He’s still looking for his first standout performance as well. It hasn’t gone so well for Weng, as he carries a 6.97 ERA and 1.55 WHIP into Sunday. This is Weng’s sophomore season after a shaky rookie campaign, with a 6.14 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 70.1 innings.
Weng may ultimately develop into a reliable starter, but it’s unlikely going to happen in 2020. With the Monkeys’ bullpen tired as well, both pitching staffs are set to get hammered on Sunday. It’s a high total of 14.5. You don’t even see that at Coors Field. That said, you don’t have bullpens that are in this poor of shape at Coors Field. We should see at least 15 runs in this matchup in the CPBL.