The CPBL has one game on the docket for Thursday, as the Uni-Lions and Fubon Guardians meet for the second and final game of their two-game series. The Lions were the aggressors yesterday, as they torched the Guardians for a 12-3 win. With the Rakuten Monkeys’ offense slowing down after a red-hot start, the Lions’ offense has been looking more like the Monkeys from early in the season.
Having said that, the Lions are going to show zero progress if they can’t get their pitching going in the right direction. Despite the Lions hitting well at the plate, the pitching staff has not been doing their part. In any event, everything came together for the Lions in their 12-3 victory over the Guardians. They need to do a lot more of that to get back into the picture at the top of the standings.
The Lions head into Thursday with a record of 13-19 to put them at the bottom of the CPBL. The Fubon Guardians also have 13 wins, but they’re 13-15 and have played four fewer games than the Lions so that has them ahead. Look out for the Chinatrust Brothers. They’re coming on strong and the Monkeys suddenly have a major threat on their hands.
The Monkeys are 18-11 on the season, which is far different than where they were not too long ago. Chinatrust are coming on strong and have done a nice job playing catch up to get to 16-15. For a long time, the Monkeys were the only team in the CPBL with a record above .500. That’s changed and the Monkeys have something to think about now.
This should be an entertaining contest between the Guardians and Brothers. They might be the bottom two clubs, but I think we should get a matchup that is a good one to watch. The Guardians have been the same when it comes to their pitching woes. However, they haven’t been as bad as the Lions, so we’ll give them that. Head below for our free Uni-Lions vs. Fubon Guardians pick for June 4, 2020 in the CPBL.
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The Uni-Lions will see what they can get out of Chiang Chen-Yen on Thursday. What’s happened so far for Chiang this season has not been a model campaign for the 25-year-old. Chiang, who is in his fourth year of service in the CPBL, goes into this contest with an ERA of 6.60 and 1.47 WHIP.
This is comparable to what he did last season, so he hasn’t shown any signs of improving. Chiang notched a 6.42 ERA and 1.54 WHIP last season. He’s coming off two porous efforts against the Brothers. They got to Chiang for 12 earned runs in 8 innings of work. Chiang also allowed 16 hits and 3 home runs in those 8 frames on the bump.
The Guardians will go with a Chiang of their own, as Chiang Kuo-Hao gets opening honors on the bump. He hasn’t been much better than his counterpart in 2020. In his second season, Chiang owns a 5.40 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in five games. He’s looking to improve on a brutal rookie campaign, which saw him post an ERA of 7.40 and 1.79 WHIP in 11 outings. Chiang has been better than that, but improvements must be made.
The Lions are dead last in the CPBL with an average of 8.25 runs yielded per game. If Chiang Kuo-Hao doesn’t hold up perfectly for the Guardians, then their offense should nevertheless do some damage. However, the Lions have scored 6.9 runs per game to put them a hair behind the Monkeys for the best offense in the CPBL. The scoreboard operator should be busy in this contest. A high-scoring contest looks probable here, so a selection on the OVER makes sense. Getting the bet at nearly even money provides some decent value.