The destruction tour for the Rakuten Monkeys keeps rolling along in Taiwan. Another win for the Monkeys on Saturday, as they touched up the Chinatrust Brothers for a score of 6-3. The Monkeys can win games with their arms as well. While their potent offense has been the talk of the league, their pitching can get it done as well. Ba Neng was terrific on the bump for the Monkeys on Saturday, as he allowed 3 earned runs across 6 innings. And the biggest kudos should go to the bullpen which didn’t allow a run in 3 innings. In the CPBL, that’s quite the accomplishment for a bullpen not to allow a run.
Bullpens are generally an easy target for batters to nail and pad their stats. However, the Monkeys rose to the occasion and held the Brothers in check. That not only helps them get a win yesterday, but it bodes well for Sunday. They didn’t have to exhaust their bullpen and go through several arms. And the guys who did pitch didn’t have to do much work. In other words, the Monkeys should be relatively fresh for Sunday against the Brothers. The Monkeys lost the opening game of the series on Friday, 6-4. This is the rubber match with each team splitting the series thus far.
The Monkeys are in complete control of the CPBL as it stands at the moment. They head into Sunday with a record of 13-4, while the closest club, the Chinatrust Brothers, are just 9-10 on the season. There isn’t much competition at the moment, but we’re still in the early stages of the year. In any event, the Monkeys are the clear favorites to go for a four-peat and win their fourth championship since 2017 and fifth since 2015. The Brothers are the only club in the CPBL that has beaten the Monkeys this season. Four of the Brothers’ nine wins have come against the Monkeys. That should give them some confidence going forward this season. Head below for our free Rakuten Monkeys vs. Chinatrust Brothers pick for May 10, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Brothers will seek a strong start from Jose De Paula on Sunday, but it’s been rough sailing for De Paula thus far in the CPBL. He is perfect in the wrong direction with a record of 0-4 going into Sunday. De Paula gets a tough assignment in an attempt to find his first win in 2020. Along with the winless start for De Paula, he has posted 7.03 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 24.1 innings pitched. He’s already gotten hammered against the Monkeys and is likely going to have problems again in this matchup. The Yankees gave up on De Paula after one appearance in 2015, and his career is sputtering in Asia now.
De Paula’s ability to keep the ball in the field has been a major problem. He’s surrendered 7 home runs in just 24.1 innings. That spells trouble versus a Monkeys’ club that has some heavy hitters in their lineup. The Rakuten offense was relatively quiet on Saturday, but it’s likely going to open up again today. Maybe not 16 more runs like they scored last week against the Brothers in a match that resulted in a 16-11 win. However, the Monkeys will likely come close to another double-digit outing at the office.
Wang Yi-Cheng has been in terrific form in 2020 for the Monkeys. He has posted a 2.79 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 19.1 innings of work. Wang sports a perfect record of 3-0 in three starts with the Monkeys this season. If Wang can come close to that kind of production on Sunday, then this game shouldn’t be close. I think he gets hit a bit more than that, though not enough to save De Paula with ample run support. The Monkeys should be in shape for another win by 3 or more runs today over the Chinatrust Brothers.