The Rakuten Monkeys and Uni-Lions will attempt to play the final game of their three-game series on Sunday. If the weather cooperates, then they’ll be able to get the game in. However, as has been the case in Taiwan for the last two weeks, games have been TBD. There have been a slew of games that have been postponed because of rain across Taiwan. Since May 16, there have been 11 games put on the backburner. Both games were able to be completed on Saturday, so that was the good news.
The Uni-Lions looked sharp in a 7-5 win over the Rakuten Monkeys, while the Chinatrust Brothers edged out the Fubon Guardians for a close 4-3 win. The Uni-Lions were able to exploit the Monkeys’ bullpen on Saturday for the win. The Monkeys went into the 8th inning with a 5-3 lead, but got out of the inning with a 7-5 deficit. That’s how the game would end for the Monkeys, as their red-hot start has simmered down.
The Monkeys started out this season with seven straight wins and a record of 9-2 in their first 11 games. The Monkeys just weren’t winning games, but they were torching and embarrassing them in blowouts. There were some spreads that got up to -3.5 in favor of the Monkeys. Variance has since caught up to them, though, and the Monkeys have looked rather ordinary. In any event, the Monkeys still lead the CPBL with a record of 17-9. No one was expecting the Monkeys to win every game, though they’ve dropped off.
They still hold a comfortable lead over the competition. The Brothers are 2nd in the CPBL with a record of 14-14. The Monkeys have been the only team in the league with a record above .500 since what almost feels like the beginning of the season. While the Monkeys have cooled off, they’re still the class of the CPBL. The Monkeys will send out one of their aces against the Lions on Sunday. Ryan Carpenter, who is a rookie in the CPBL, will get the call against Logan Darnell who is a rookie in Taiwan as well. Head below for our free Rakuten Monkeys vs. Uni-Lions pick for May 31, 2020 in the CPBL.
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Ryan Carpenter has proven to be a reliable acquisition for the Rakuten Monkeys. He came into a foreign country miles and miles away from home and has looked rather comfortable in his new role. Carpenter got a few warm up games with the II club. He did well with a 1.76 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 15.1 innings of work. That was all the warming up Carpenter needed. It’s translated with the I team, as Carpenter has posted an ERA of 3.11 and 1.22 WHIP for the Monkeys in 2020.
In a sea of bad pitchers in the CPBL, Carpenter has been one of the few reliable options out there. In his most recent outing, Carpenter didn’t allow an earned run against the Uni-Lions in 4.2 innings. He bounced back nicely after getting rocked for 6 earned runs versus the Guardians in a prior outing. Carpenter should be able to pitch solidly enough to give his offense a good chance of winning this matchup on Sunday.
The Lions will counter with Logan Darnell who just recently made his debut in the CPBL. He had no answers for the Monkeys in that outing, as they roughed him up for 3 earned runs and 9 hits in only 3.2 innings of work. He was chased out of the game with an ERA of 7.36. Overall, Darnell enters Sunday with a 5.79 ERA and 2.14 WHIP.
The Monkeys are familiar with Darnell, having seen him in two games already. They did pretty well in each game, and should be able to come up with something against him today. The Monkeys have been quiet by their standards recently, and Darnell could be the guy that gets them going. They likely get this one by 2 or more runs. As always, bet wisely and good luck.