The Fubon Guardians and Uni-Lions will meet again on Sunday to play the finale of a three-game weekend series. Fubon are coming off a monster win of 11-2 as underdogs on Saturday. They struck with a run in the bottom of the 3rd and blew the doors open late for a 11-2 win. The Guardians scored 7 runs from the 7th to 9th inning to pull away for a comfortable victory.
It was a much needed win for the Guardians, and they were impressive on both on the bump and at the plate. The Uni-Lions’ offense was finally silenced after they went on a torrid run for a few games. They were cold to open the season, but erupted at the plate before the Guardians quited them on Saturday.
Expect to see the Lions go through plenty of ups and downs offensively in 2020. They have a solid offense, but probably not going to be consistent enough to produce like the Rakuten Monkeys or anything. The Monkeys continue to lead the standings with a record of 10-2, while the Guardians and Lion both trail by a considerable distance. Fubon enters Sunday with a record of 5-9 for dead last in the CPBL. In the first week it looked like this was a two-team league between Rakuten and Fubon, but they’ve cooled off a bit since.
Having said that, it’s really early and this is a wide-open league. The Guardians, along with the Lions and Brothers are all going to be in the hunt for second in the standings. An upset will likely have to happen in the playoffs for somebody to unseat the Monkeys. The Monkeys are looking for their fourth straight Taiwan Series Championship after winning in 2017, 2018, and 2019. They have a club that is built to go the distance once again.
If their bullpen can hold up just a bit, they’re going to be fine as we get deeper into the regular season. It’s not easy by any means to find reliable relievers in pretty well every major baseball league. If you think they’re bad in MLB, just watch the CPBL. Head below for our free Fubon Guardians vs. Uni-Lions pick for May 3, 2020.
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The Guardians couldn’t facilitate any offense before getting their bats working on Saturday. They scored 11 runs to get out of their hole. Fubon managed to score just 9 runs in three games. In MLB with a rock solid rotation, that could be more than enough for three wins. However, that’s not going to happen in the CPBL with pitchers, especially relievers, that can sometimes look lost at the plate.
If you like a lot of hanging breaking balls, then get ready because the bullpens love to serve them up. Having said that, Ting-Wei Yu is coming off a terrific outing in his first start of 2020. He was sharp across 6 innings in a winning effort for a 1.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. With the offense awake after yesterday, there should be a bit of carryover for the Guardians on Sunday. Yu will likely see some run support in this contest.
Tzu-Chien Shih enters Sunday with a 4.74 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 11.1 innings. He’s done a pretty nice job of holding runners off the bases, but will need to keep the ball in the park to find better success. Shih is coming off a below average season in 2019, having posted a 6.42 ERA and 1.54 WHIP.
In three warmup games with the II team in 2020, Shih showed no signs of improvement, as he recorded a 12.27 ERA and 2.52 WHIP. He’s been better in two outings in the CPBL, but a 4.74 ERA might be a best-case scenario for Shih by the end of the year. The Guardians are finally awake and should be able to put a solid performance together Sunday.