The Fubon Guardians will go for a sweep of the Rakuten Monkeys on Thursday in New Taipei City. That’s if the weather holds up and they can get this game in. The rain might spoil another day of CPBL baseball, but we’ll see how it goes. The situation doesn’t seem as dire as it was last week, though there is still rain in the forecast.
There have been eight games postponed since May 16. The poor weather in Taiwan has been the story of the CPBL for nearly two weeks now. Besides that news, we’ve seen the Rakuten Monkeys cool off considerably. This stop and go play since the bad weather moved in has done nothing good for them.
The rain has taken the Monkeys out of their groove as they’ve come down to earth. The Monkeys started the season with a record of 7-0. They were 15-4 at one point this season. However, the Monkeys have fallen to 16-8 since then, and don’t look like the same unstoppable club from earlier in the season.
That’s great news for the rest of the CPBL. This season might be more wide-open than originally anticipated. The Monkeys were making it look like nothing early on, but they’re on a three-game losing streak and have lost three of their previous four outings. The Guardians can build up plenty of momentum if they can pull off a sweep of the Monkeys on Wednesday.
The Guardians are on a three-game win streak to get them to 12-13 on the season. Things are close behind the Monkeys in the standings. The Guardians trail the Chinatrust Brothers for 2nd in the CPBL. Meanwhile, the Uni-Lions have played more than anyone at 28 games and have just 11 wins for dead last.
The Guardians head into Thursday with a record of 12-13. It should be an entertaining matchup. A couple of poor hurlers are on the hill for this one, so buckle up. Head below for our free Rakuten Monkeys vs. Fubon Guardians pick for May 28, 2020 in the CPBL.
Rakuten Monkeys vs. Fubon Guardians CPBL Baseball Betting Odds:
Rakuten Monkeys vs. Fubon Guardians Prediction:
This isn’t going to be a Cy Young worthy pitching matchup by any means. This one could get a bit wild, but I just can’t bring myself to bet the total in this one. 15.5 is a heck of a total and I couldn’t take the OVER at that number. The Monkeys are expected to send out Weng Wei-Chun for the starting job against the Guardians on the road. Weng is in his second season and was hoping to see progress after a shaky rookie campaign. He posted a 6.14 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 14 starts.
Not good, but it was Weng’s first season and he was just getting his feet wet. Weng hasn’t been able to improve any, so far anyway. He heads into Thursday with an ERA of 6.85 and 1.73 WHIP. That’s not promising at all. He lasted just 1.2 innings before getting pulled on May 17. Weng allowed 3 earned runs in 1.2 innings and that was all for him on the hill. In Weng’s previous 6.2 innings on the bump, he has given up 16 hits and 7 earned runs, hence his terrible ERA of 6.85 in 2020. We’ll see if he can find some momentum and get back on track against the Guardians.
The Monkeys might have an opportunity to get their offense going in this one, though. Chiang Kuo-Hao is expected to get the nod for the Guardians. He struggled mightily in his first season as well, though he received only two starts, and nine appearances out of the bullpen. Chang notched a 7.40 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in 2019. The good news is that Chiang has been able to bring his numbers down to a 5.92 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. However, he must improve on that. Note Chiang has allowed just 2 earned runs in his previous 14 innings of work. After getting torched in his first two outings, Chiang has been looking better. I’d rather take the home underdog than lay -175 on the Monkeys here.