- Ryan Carpenter (0-0, 7.50 ERA)
- Yi-Zhong Liao(0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The CPBL continues on Wednesday with a couple of matches on the docket. The Futon Guardians pounded the Uni Lions yesterday for a 13-2 win. They were able to respond nicely following a 3-1 loss against the Rakuten Monkeys on Sunday. The only undefeated team in the CPBL is the Monkeys. Rakuten heads into Wednesday with a record of 5-0, while nobody else has more than three wins.
That’s taking into account that everyone except Rakuten has played at least six games. Fubon and Chinatrust each have six games in their portfolio, while the Lions have played seven, though are last in the league. The Lions have been struggling in all aspects, as they hold a record of 2-5.
Nobody has been able to touch the Monkeys thus far. There were a couple of close calls against the Guardians, but other than that, it’s been clear sailing for the Monkeys. They went to extra innings against the Guardians on Wednesday and pulled through for a 9-8 win. A couple of days later, the Monkeys cut it close again with a 11-10 win.
Fubon had the bases loaded with 1 out in the top of the 9th and were unable to cash in at least one run to tie the ballgame. It was a tight win for the Monkeys, but they were able to come through in the clutch to take the lead and then hold on. Rakuten had another offensive explosion the next day, as they won another high-scoring affair by a score of 12-9.
The status of Major League Baseball is unclear right now, but baseball is picking up in Asia. The KBO, which is one of four major baseball leagues, is currently playing preseason games as they gear up for the regular season. May 1 is reportedly their target date for Opening Day. It will be the biggest sports league to play during the Covid-19 pandemic.
ESPN has shown interest in obtaining the broadcast rights, so there’s a very good chance it will be the most watched league in May. The CPBL is entertaining baseball, though, and their fanless games have gone off without any problems. Head below for our free Rakuten Monkeys vs. Chinatrust Brothers pick.
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The Monkeys offense has been on fire to start the season. They’re expected to have another productive season at the plate after killing the ball last season. So far it’s been more of the same for the Monkeys, as they’ve scored 10 runs per game in their first five games. They are not going to be able to keep that pace up, but expect the Monkeys to have plenty of games where they explode offensively. There aren’t many pitchers in the CPBL who will be able to consistently play well against their lineup. Yi-Zhong Liao will do his best to crack the Monkeys’ lineup, as he’ll be stepping onto the bump for the first time with the Chinatrust Brothers in 2020.
He made a couple of starts with the II team for a warmup and was serviceable. Liao posted a 4.32 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in 8.1 innings. He’s going to have to cut back on the runners on base if he’s going to find success against Rakuten. With a 1.92 WHIP, Liao allowed nearly 2 runners per inning to reach base. Against an offense like the Monkeys, that’s a recipe for a game that could get out of hand in a hurry. In his debut in the CPBL last season, Liao recorded a 4.36 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with a record of 3-5.
Former Detroit Tiger, Ryan Carpenter, is expected to get the nod for the Monkeys. Chinatrust might be able to compete in this one if Carpenter performs like he did in his CPBL opener. Carpenter registered a 7.50 ERA in 6 innings as he got hurt by the deep ball against the Fubon Guardians. Carpenter had his chances with the Tigers in 2018 and 2019, but was abysmal in Detroit. He posted a 7.25 ERA in 2018 and 9.30 ERA in nine starts last season. That’s all it took to end Carpenter’s MLB career. It’s been more of the same for Carpenter in the CPBL. Don’t expect to see him getting hammered as badly as he did in his debut, but should run into issues on the road. A play on the OVER looks logical.