The CPBL has a couple of games on the card Thursday in Taiwan. The rain is still in the area, but it’s a little more spotty than it was for like two weeks. It was a washout before pockets of sun began to emerge. That’s still the case and there is rain forecasted in Taiwan for the next week. There is a chance of rain in the Fubon Guardians-Rakuten Monkeys matchup, but they should be able to get this game in.
The Monkeys were off yesterday, with the Uni-Lions and Fubon Guardians the only game on the docket. The Guardians edged out the Lions by a score of 5-4. It was a rare game where the bullpens actually did something late in the game. Typically CPBL games can get a bit out of hand with runs being scored in bunches late.
That wasn’t the case, and most important for the Guardians, they held strong to get the win. The Lions scored a run in the top of the 6th and that was all for them. The Guardians’ usually terrible bullpen didn’t allow a run to the Lions. That’s not something you see everyday in the CPBL, especially from the Guardians. The Monkeys are looking in their rear-view mirror and suddenly see company. They were ahead of the competition by a mile, but the landscape has changed in Taiwan.
The Monkeys own a record of 18-11 for an advantage on the 16-15 Chinatrust Brothers. The Monkeys have played two fewer games than the Brothers, so that’s certainly to their advantage. While the Monkeys have slowed down since a torrid pace, they’re still in control of the CPBL and should be able to get out of the regular season at the top. Things have certainly not been as comfortable for them lately, though. The Guardians go into this one with a record of 14-15 after defeating the Lions yesterday. Head below for our free Fubon Guardians vs. Rakuten Monkeys pick for June 5, 2020 in the CPBL.
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The Fubon Guardians will trot out Bryan Woodall, who for the lack of a better word, has been trash for the Guardians this season. After tailing off from a 3.25 ERA to a 5.48 ERA the last two seasons, Woodall is on a terrible path that could get even uglier on Friday against the Monkeys. He owns an ERA of 7.36 and 1.40 WHIP in 11 outings. And just when you thought things were going to get better for Woodall after going 6 innings with just 2 earned runs allowed, Woodall hit a wall in his most recent performance against the Brothers.
Woodall was hit for 9 hits, 2 home runs, and 4 earned runs in his next outing. In his most recent outing against the Monkeys on May 7, Woodall was touched up for 8 hits and 5 earned runs in 2.2 innings of work. He left the game with an ERA of 9.35 on the season, so he’s been able to bring it down slightly going into Friday. It’s probable that Woodall is going to run into problems against the Monkeys on Friday. Back at home, the Monkeys are likely set to have some fun at the plate against the Guardians.
The Monkeys counter with first-year pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla. Bonilla has felt comfortable in Taiwan and the results have been positive for him. He hasn’t been perfect, but Bonilla has been one of the more reliable pitchers on the Monkeys’ pitching staff. Bonilla owns a 3.66 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in seven games. He’s coming off an outstanding performance on May 29, with no runs allowed in 7 innings against the Uni-Lions. The Lions found 2 hits and that was all in the way of offense against Bonilla. If the Monkeys want to, they should win this one by 2 or more runs at home on Friday.