Fubon Guardians vs Uni Lions – CPBL May 2nd, 2020

What has gotten into the Uni Lions lately?!

They are obliterating the baseball right now!

After scoring just 40 runs over their first 9 games, the Uni Lions have put up 55 over their last 5.

I remember the moment it began too.

I had picked the first place Rakuten Monkeys to win by 2 runs over the then-last place Lions, and the Monkeys jumped out to a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 2nd inning.

The home Lions then answered with 2 only to give both runs back in the top of the 4th.

7-2 heading into the bottom of the 6th and the Uni Lions either had a team meeting or a pep talk or something.

Trailing by one run heading into the bottom of the 9th, the Lions hit a solo shot to right-center with no one out.

Then after putting a runner in scoring position on second base, the Lions hit a rocket to first which bounced into right field, and with 2 outs and the runner going hard on contact, he scored easily.

The whole thing was painful for me because I saw my win fade away. It was fate, though. Nearly every RBI the Lions had come by way of seeing-eye singles.

The Rakuten Monkeys haven’t been the same team since then and we can say the same of the now-2nd place Uni Lions.

Uni has won 4 of 5 scoring 12 or more in 3 of those games with their only loss by one run against the Brother Elephants.

Today, the Lions absolutely LIT UP Fubon Guardians’ ace Henry Sosa for 11 hits and 9 earned runs in just 2 innings!

I don’t think many people saw that one coming but the Lions are hot.

I attributed their recent success primarily to emotion but they just keep on cracking.

The final score was 15-6 today and whew, can they keep it going tomorrow?

Will the Fubon Guardians make it 4 losses in a row?

BetOnline.AG has the betting odds for us today.

Let’s look at the pitching matchup and make our predictions for the Fubon Guardians vs the Uni Lions.

Fubon Guardians vs Uni Lions

Run Line

  • Fubon +1.5 (-145)
  • Uni -1.5 (+105)
Moneyline

  • Fubon (+150)
  • Uni (-200)
Run Total

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

Lions starter Jiang Chenyan pitched beautifully today throwing 5 shutout innings.

The bullpen, of course, wasn’t as successful in their 15-6 victory but they didn’t need to be.

The only bright spot for the Guardians was right fielder Jiang Zhi Xian who continued to swing a hot bat today with 4 hits, raising his batting average to .370.

The Lions had several players with multiple hits but it was their right fielder, Lin Anke, who drove in 5 on 3 hits including his fifth home run of the young season.

One team is playing their best baseball of the year and the other may be at their worst.

This is baseball, though, and the parody is there. Any team can win on any given day.

The Fubon Guardians are now in sole position in last place and are about to lose more ground if the Brothers can hold on to the 2-run lead they currently have in the 12th inning versus the Monkeys.

The Lions are giving up about 1 more run/game than the Guardians but scoring plating 2 greater per contest.

Neither of tomorrow’s pitchers has been very effective in 2020 with ERA’s and WHIP’s that are too high to consistently give their teams’ a chance to win.

Taking the bump for the visiting Fubon Guardians will be Chiang Kuo-Hao.

The right-hander is just 22-years-old and making his third start of the season.

Chiang is 0-2 with an ERA of 12.19 in 10 innings pitched.

He had 20 innings of work over 2 starts and 9 relief appearances in 2019 but simply wasn’t effective allowing 32 hits and 17 earned runs.

He is still a very young player with potentially a high ceiling but I don’t expect him to turn his career around overnight.

He has a career WHIP of 2.00 and an ERA of 9.00.

Ugh.

How about the Lions’ hurler?

Ryan Feierabend is that knuckleball guy.

Oh yeah, that guy.

I remember researching knuckleball favorable weather for his last start and humidity is supposed to help.

It was 80% and he got tattooed for 10 hits, 2 of which were home runs, and gave up 7 earned in just 4 innings of work.

His first couple of starts weren’t that bad, though.

He gave up 1 in 6 innings and then 3 runs allowed over 6 innings pitched. The knuckleball is just one of those things I guess; it appears to have a mind of its own.

If Friday is date night, then Saturday is dance night and I foresee Ryan’s knuckler dancing its way to victory against the Guardians.

That bullpen, though, is very unpredictable and Ryan hasn’t gone more than 6 innings in 3 starts.

The collective betting lines are telling me that the books want us on the Lions and assume we will go that way just because of recency bias.

Both pitchers have had a rough year so far and with the over at 13.5, I like the Guardians on the moneyline.

My Pick
FUBON GUARDIANS
+150

In Conclusion

Will tomorrow be the day the Guardians can turn it around and cool off the hottest streak of the season from any team?

The Unity Lions…yes Unity.

I looked it up.

Shout out to Queen Latifah.

I already know who her favorite team would be.

The Lions have scored 27 runs over their previous two games.

You could say they are in a great rhythm also having plated 55 over their last 5.

I think the Lions may break their own rhythm with a few extra beers tonight and the desperate Guardians get the much needed W.

Get those bets in ASAP, guys, straight from this article, and try to get up early if you can for tomorrow’s action.

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.