- Donn Roach (0-1, 11.57 ERA)
- Bryan Woodall (0-0, 10.80 ERA)
There are two games on the CPBL schedule Wednesday, with the Rakuten Monkeys and Chinatrust Brothers meeting, while the Uni Lions and Fubon Guardians are scheduled to play on Wednesday. Both games are set to begin early Wednesday morning in North American at 6:35 a.m. EST. That’s 3:35 a.m. for those on the west coast in PST. Uni Lions and the Fubon Guardians are likely both going to be cashing the Rakuten Monkeys in 2020.
The Guardians have an adequate chance of keeping up and competing, but the Lions have less favorable odds. The Lions are likely playing in the bottom half of the CPBL with the Chinatrust Brothers. There are only four clubs in the league, so you’ll see the same teams playing often. The Monkeys are the heavy favorites to win again.
Fubon are looking for their first Taiwan Series championship since 2016. They’ve finished atop the league three times in 2004, 2005, and 2016. Meanwhile, the Monkeys have won four championships since 2015 for a total of seven. There is a lot of work to be done if the Guardians want to be regarded as the class of the CPBL. The Monkeys seem to be well on their way to defending the championship and four-peating.
It’s a really young season, though, so it’s best not to get too ahead of ourselves. In any event, the Monkeys have looked like the best club thus far. Having said that, the Guardians came really close to upsetting the Monkeys last week. They had the bases loaded in a wild affair on Friday, but were unable to score a run to tie or take the lead in the 9th. The Monkeys held on for a 11-10 victory. Fubon are going to be a threat, but they might need something extra to push them over the top. They’re coming off a blowout of the Uni Lions, 13-2, on Tuesday. Head below for our free Uni Lions vs. Fubon Guardians pick.
Uni Lions vs. Fubon Guardians CPBL Betting Odds:
Uni Lions vs. Fubon Guardians Prediction:
The Uni Lions enter Wednesday with a record of 2-5. They’re the only team in the CPBL that has played more than six games, and the only team to this point with 5 losses in their portfolio. Poor pitching and spotty hitting can do that to a baseball team. Their offense has been hit and miss, with some impressive and shaky outings.
If Bryan Woodall is going to pitch anything like he did in his season opener against, the Lions are going to have an effective day at the plate. Roach was torched for a 10.80 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 5 innings of work. Woodall had been one of the most reliable pitchers in the CPBL from 2015 to 2018, but he’s lost a lot of his velocity since then.
Woodall isn’t a stranger to the CPBL, though his opponent on Wednesday, Donn Roach, just made his first outing in Taiwan. It was a messy effort by Roach, as he found out that the CPBL isn’t going to be as easy as he envisioned it. Roach got touched up for a 11.57 ERA and 2.36 WHIP in 4.2 innings against the Monkeys.
He flamed out of the major leagues in 2016 after posting a 8.44 ERA and 1.68 WHIP with the Mariners. Prior to that season, he was hammered for a 10.80 ERA and 2.7 WHIP with the White Sox. Roach didn’t get a warmup game with the II team, which he probably needed before pitching in the CPBL. With Woodall back home, I give him the better chance of getting into form than Roach.