I am really getting sick and tired of being burned by the Rakuten Monkeys’ bullpen.
I know the starting pitching along with the rest of the team feels the same way but man…
Our reasoning was the crappy relief work and that’s what happened.
Well, we should have ridden that narrative on Saturday when the Monkeys gave up 4 in the bottom of the 8th and lost the game 7-5.
Game 68 #CPBLRecap
— CPBL 中華職棒 (@CPBL) May 30, 2020
We had them (-1.5) so that one hurt.
The bats of Rakuten were enough to carry ace Ryan Carpenter to his second win of the season. He was uncharacteristically hammered for 7 runs in just 5 innings of work.
- The Monkeys had 21 hits and scored 9 runs to edge the Lions by 1.
- The bullpen saved the day by only giving up 1 run in 4 innings of relief.
The Chinatrust Brothers are coming off of a disappointing 4-2 when the offense couldn’t be bothered to help out Ariel Miranda who threw 6.1 innings and gave up just 3.
— CTBC Brothers (@CTBC_Brothers) May 31, 2020
Henry Sosa went a strong 8 innings and only allowed 1 run.
He is a force in the CPBL for sure.
Let’s look at the pitching matchup for tomorrow’s game and make our predictions for the Monkeys vs the Brothers.
BetOnline.AG has the betting odds for us.
Rakuten Monkeys @ Chinatrust Brother Elephants Betting Odds
Wen Wei-Chun takes the mound this Tuesday for the visiting Rakuten Monkeys.
The 21-year-old right hander is looking for his 4th win of the year.
Currently 3-1, you could say the young man is off to a hot start but his ERA and WHIP suggest otherwise.
6.85 ERA and 1.73 WHIP is not great but hey, the baseballs are juiced.
He has had two quality starts this year out of 4 including a win over the Chinatrust Brotherhood when he threw for 6.2 innings allowing 3 runners to score.
I think he will probably give up 2-4 runs over 6-7 innings of work.
Opposing him on the mound for the Chinatrust Brothers is lefty Jose de Paula.
The 32-year-old from Villa Mella, Dominican Republic has not received much run support all year. He has a WHIP of just 1.32 but a record of 1-5.
He will need a little extra on Tuesday most likely going up against the bats of the Rakuten Monkeys.
They have a total of 12 players hitting above .300, four of which have a batting average north of 400.
The first time he faced the Monkeys this year, they wrecked him for 8 runs in just 5 innings pitched including 3 long balls. He came back in their second meeting, though, and threw for 5 more but this time only allowing two.
De Paula may be finding his groove in 2020 because he has only allowed 3 runs in his past 12 innings pitched while striking out 18.
I don’t think so.
Jose is going to be aggressive and throw strikes. He has thrown 60% strikes in all 6 of his starts this year.
You had better have your control in order, though, if you plan on throwing a lot of strikes to a team hitting .344.
That number has been dropping over the past few weeks and the Chinatrust Brothers, who are now in second place in the league, are now up to .319 as a team.
The Brothers have been catching up in the home run department as well. They are only 5 back of the Monkeys now.
Just days ago, the Monkeys were ahead by double digits.
I’ll take the Brotherhood +1.5 for (-130)!
We could get (+115) on the moneyline but this team doesn’t score a lot of runs and the Monkeys do so let’s not get cute.
It isn’t often I bet against the Rakuten Monkeys.
I think I am probably 8-4 with them and 1-0 against them so why not try to make this a true winning streak.
I don’t necessarily think the Monkeys’ starter Weng Wei-Chun will have that bad of a game.
If the man leaves some heat or some hangers over the plate, the Monkeys will make him pay.
Whether or not the CPBL is truly leveling off, only time will tell but it is nice to see the 3-time defending Taiwan World Series Champion Rakuten Monkeys finally looking more human or should I say, primate.
I like De Paula also. He throws some serious heat and is still hanging onto some prime sauce at 32.
Get your bets in now, team, and enjoy the game if you’re up early and bored tomorrow.