Hey, we just had our first bench-clearing brawl!
While it only took four consecutive fastballs way inside culminating with the last pitch making flush contact with the batter, the brawl appeared to be warranted.
— ELEVEN SPORTS TAIWAN (@ElevenSportsTW) April 19, 2020
I couldn’t help it, though.
I screamed at my Chromebook for the teams to maintain a social distance but my efforts were unsurprisingly futile.
I don’t believe there were any punches thrown but it provided another talking point for prospective fans and it showed that these teams are not only competing with their minds and bodies but their hearts as well.
The league takes off on Mondays and will only feature one game Tuesday night Taiwan time and early Tuesday morning on the east coast.
The Fubon Guardians, who kicked off the season with two straight wins will be looking to snap a 3-game losing streak against the bottom-dwelling Uni Lions.
Can the Lions win two games in a row for the first time this season?
The Guardians surely aren’t going to lose four in a row, right?
The betting line is pretty wide for this game.
BetOnline.AG has the odds for us.
Let’s get to our predictions for the CPBL game between the Fubon Guardians and the Uni Lions.
Uni Lions vs Fubon Guardians
In a rare sight, we get to see two Taiwanese starting pitchers facing off with one another.
Both are pretty good but at completely different stages of their respective careers.
The Uni Lions’ Pan Wei-Lun is nearing 40 years of age while the starter for the Guardians, Chen Shih-Peng is just 22.
Essentially, this is has-been vs unproven.
The has been is one of the best pitchers of all-time in the CPBL and Mr. Unproven, Chen Shih-Peng has already won the most improved player award.
I don’t know of any professional athlete that has won this award at such a young age.
His first start this season was a shaky one giving up 3 walks, 8 hits, and 4 runs over five innings pitched.
He is young, though, and I expect him to settle into a rhythm and for the most part, have his way with the worst batting lineup in the league.
Both starting pitchers are good but I have to go with the better lineup who is playing at home for the first time.
The robots in the stands are sure to be fired up and we get our first look at the Fubon’s mannequin fans.
I know they will be a rowdy group in support of their beloved Guardians.
I am going to go under this run total as well.
These teams are averaging just 5.0 runs per game on offense and with two solid pitchers throwing, this thing could even stay in the single digits.
7-3 Guardians over the Lions.
Pick: Fubon -1.5 and Under 13.5 Runs
This is the only game on the schedule for Tuesday, April 21st.
Both teams will be rested but I love the fact that the Fubon Guardians are at home and can get to .500 on the year with a victory.
The legendary aging pitcher vs the young gunslinger who isn’t afraid to throw strikes should be a lot of fun.
Uni will probably be swinging on the first pitch quite often but can they hit it?
That’s the question.
The Lions are the worst batting team in the league and Uni batters strike out in nearly ⅓ of their plate appearances.
If you’re stuck at home with no work to do around 0600 hours Eastern Standard Time, tune in to the game.
Hey, it’s something to do and it’s live.
I love all of the old games ESPN has been showing but after a while, we all need some live competition.
Get your bets in ASAP directly from this article and we will see you next time!