Fubon Guardians vs Uni Lions Pick – CPBL May 19, 2020

The Chinese Taipei Professional Baseball League has been very fun to follow and handicap for you guys.

I didn’t even know the league existed a couple of months ago and now we are rolling right along making money!

At one time, you could catch the games on Twitter but the last few times I tried, I couldn’t find a live broadcast.

The league is now allowing fans to attend the games, though, albeit only 1,000 of them at a time but progress is progress.

Both of these teams should be well-rested as all four teams take every Monday off to rest and recover.

In the Guardians’ last game, they defeated the first place Rakuten Monkeys on Sunday by a score of 9-7.

It was a close game heading into the bottom of the 7th. That’s when the Fubon bats blasted the Monkeys for 6 runs.

Rakuten was able to add 4 in the top of the ninth but it was too little, too late.

35-year-old Mike Loree pitched beautifully for the Guardians going a strong 7 innings allowing just 2 earned runs in his first pitching appearance for the team in 2020.

We will keep an eye out for his next start.

The Uni Lions are coming off of a 19-9 shellacking from the Chinatrust Brother Elephants!

The Brothers finally broke out of their season-long power shortage with 5 home runs!

In their first 24 ball games of 2020, the Brothers’ bats had taken opposing pitchers deep just 21 times.

They are still at the bottom of the league with 26 but watch out in the near future for the Brothers’ run totals to go over.

The team can hit for average as well as anyone. The power threat makes them very dangerous.

What does that say about the Lions pitching, though?

Well, it kinda stinks.

They allow almost 2 more runs/ballgame than the Fubon Guardians.

The Lions pitchers love to serve up a juicy long ball.

Even before they gave up 5 on Sunday, the Lions had still allowed more than twice as many dingers as Guardians pitchers.

Can the Lions get their arms under control this Tuesday?

They’ve allowed 57 runners to cross home plate over their past 5 games last week.

Let’s take a look at tomorrow’s pitching matchup and make our predictions for the Fubon Guardians @ the Unity Lions.

BetOnline.AG has the goods for us.

Fubon Guardians vs Unity Lions

Run Line

  • Fubon -1.5 (+110)
  • Uni +1.5 (-150)
Money Line

  • Fubon (-130)
  • Uni (-110)
Run Total

  • Over 13.5 (-120)
  • Under 13.5 (-120)

Logan Reese Darnell signed with the Unity Lions of the CPBL on April 29th of this year.

I suppose the team brought him on because of our cash cow Donn Roach who has been 100% horrible in 2020.

Logan will be making his first start in the CPBL tomorrow so unfortunately, we don’t have any season statistics to draw from but we can at least see where he’s been.

The 31-year-old left-hander from Joelton, Tennessee has yet to find a home in pro baseball.

  • 24 innings is all he lasted in Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins.
  • 20 earned runs later and he was back down to the minors.

It looks like he has changed teams 10 times during his decade-long career playing professionally.

That is obviously not a great sign.

He did manage a career minor league ERA of an even 4.00.

The CPBL is comparable to Double-A ball in the United States so maybe he could be a quality starter for the Lions.

I don’t think we can put much faith in him tomorrow.

Taking the bump for the visiting Fubon Guardians is righty Bryan Woodall.

  • In 5 starts and 1 relief appearance this season, Woodall has struggled and his ERA currently sits at 7.71.
  • He has faced the 7/11 Unity Lions twice this season, once as a starter and once in relief.

His performance out of the bullpen was nice-2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs allowed.

Bryan’s start opposite the Lions, though, was another story.

That game was also just a 2-inning affair for the Auburn alum.

5 hits and 5 runs, though, was what kept it brief.

In his last outing, though, against the Brothers, Bryan was effective.

He struck out 8 over 6 pitched and only allowed 2 earned runs.

Bryan has faced the bruising bats of the Rakuten Monkeys 3 times this season already.

That isn’t going to help anyone’s stat line.

He did have one very solid performance against them, though, and 3 out of his last 4 outings overall have been pretty solid.

A lot of you guys are used to looking at MLB numbers.

Where’s all the ERA’s less than 4.00?

Well, the league average is 6.32 so…

Woodall has nearly cut his 2020 ERA in half over his last four outings.

He keeps a lot of balls on the ground also which spells trouble for the long-ball loving Lions.

The Guardians match the Lions in batting average and home runs as well.

Let’s take Fubon on the moneyline.

My Pick

In Conclusion

The CPBL season is rolling along now.

We have fans at the games…

Real ones!

The cardboard cutouts haven’t gone anywhere.

Neither has the robots playing the drums.

And the cheerleaders actually have someone to lead!

I know they were getting tired of making eye contact with mannequins.

This game is a tough pick because we are seeing a pitcher make his league debut tomorrow.

Kentucky Wildcat Logan Darnell looks to impress for his new team, the Unity Lions while Bryan Woodall would love to prove to his team that he is settled into the season and they can count on him to keep the score within reach.

If you have followed this league at all, you know that teams score runs in bunches.

The Unity Lions are a prime example. They have been incredibly inconsistent but have shown that when they’re bats get hot, they can beat anyone.

The Fubon Guardians are quietly chugging along.

They are much more consistent than the Lions.

The Guardians are also better in the field than any other ball club so far in 2020. The Lions are at the bottom of the league in fielding percentage with the Rakuten Monkeys who have blown games due to inept defense.

Get your bets in now while the moneyline is still affordable and we will see you soon with more CPBL betting picks!

Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.