The CPBL has two matches on the docket for Saturday, as the Uni-Lions and Chinatrust Brothers continue their three-game series. The Fubon Guardians and Rakuten Monkeys will also be in action. As has been the case in Taiwan over the previous two weeks, weather has been on the forefront in the CPBL.
A lot of games have had to be postponed, but they’ve been on a nice run recently. The CPBL has played games for five straight games following cancellations in eight of ten days. There is rain in the forecast in Taiwan today, but that has been the case for what feels like forever now. Both games were completed yesterday, so here’s hoping that is the case on Saturday as well.
The Uni-Lions and Chinatrust Brothers got into an entertaining contest on Friday. The Brothers edged out the Lions with a 8-7 win thanks to a run in the top of the 9th. They blew a 8-5 lead in the bottom of the 8th, but were able to show their resiliency to respond for the winning run in the next half inning. If you’re new to the CPBL, you’ll come to find out that baseball in Taiwan is nothing more than which team sucks less on that day.
The Monkeys blew my cover yesterday, as they took a 6-3 lead and then nearly blew it for a 6-5 win. If you don’t have nerves of steel, then late innings in the CPBL probably aren’t for you. I’ve never felt confident until every out is recorded in this league. 6-0 leads don’t seem like much in the CPBL. That can evaporate in just one half inning, and then the snowball can continue with a bad bullpen.
The Lions are a team that have offense, but continually struggle to find clutch pitching. That was the case yesterday, but their offense once again had to bail them out. The Brothers will count on Mitch Lively to give a solid performance on Saturday. The native of Sacramento, California has been shaky at best and is hoping for better results in this one. Josh Roenicke, who has been on even shakier ground this season, will get the call for the Lions. Head below for our free Uni-Lions vs. Chinatrust Brothers pick for June 6, 2020 in the CPBL.
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The Uni-Lions have been left wondering what’s going on with Josh Roenicke this season. In his third season in the CPBL, Roenicke was one of the most reliable pitchers over the last two years. He posted an ERA of 3.17 and 1.21 WHIP as a CPBL rookie in 2018. He followed that up with a 3.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP the following season. This season has been all over the place for Roenicke, though. He has struggled mightily to get things under control, which could be due to an underlying injury or he’s just been bad. The fall off has been hard to explain, but Roenicke has been getting trashed.
Roenicke heads into Saturday with an ERA of 8.85 and 1.87 WHIP in just 20.1 innings. He hasn’t gotten any further than 20 innings because of his poor pitching. There is a silver lining because Roenicke’s ERA of 8.85 looks pretty good in comparison to the 11.08 ERA he had in mid-May. He allowed 10 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 innings in his most recent start, which came against the Rakuten Monkeys on May 30. The Brothers tagged Roenicke with 8 hits and 5 earned runs in their latest meeting on May 16.
The Lions have allowed the most runs in the CPBL by a mile. They’ve allowed a total of 277 runs for an average of 8.1 runs allowed per game. The Lions are the only team in the CPBL that has allowed more than 200 runs, and they’re approaching 300 runs allowed shortly. Expect the Brothers to be able to take advantage of that, but they should be cautious themselves. Mike Lively has not been on top of things either. He has a 6.00 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in three appearances across 12 innings in 2020. I could see another 8-7 or 8-6 game unfolding between the Lions and Brothers on Saturday.