The Uni-Lions and Fubon Guardians will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium. The Guardians barely held on for a 7-6 win on Friday after the Uni-Lion came on strong in the latter stages of the contest. They made things a little easier on themselves with a 7-4 win the following day on Saturday.
The Guardians’ offense has been heating up and will likely pose more problems for the Uni-Lions on Sunday. With that in mind, the Lions must get their bats working early against a hittable hurler today. Yu Ting-Wei has been a weak link in the Guardians’ rotation. He will be called on to help the Guardians earn a sweep against the Lions on Mother’s Day.
The CPBL is being dominated by the Rakuten Monkeys at the moment. The Guardians and Lions are trying to keep pace, but it’s not an easy task. Fubon are 8-10 while the Lions are 7-13 on the season. That’s not nearly good enough to compete with the 13-4 Monkeys. However, it’s a long season, and behind the Monkeys, it’s a wide open race to get to the Taiwan Series. The Brothers are currently the No. 2 club with a record of 9-10, but that could change quickly.
Taiwanese baseball has some competition from the KBO in South Korea now, but continues to garner attention from baseball fans. We’re less than a week into the KBO season, so people are trying to figure out that league, but the CPBL is well into their season so a picture is starting to emerge in Taiwan. The Monkeys have won the championship the past three seasons. Their hot start isn’t much of a surprise.
This is going to be the Lions’ best chance of beating the Guardians. Yu isn’t the trickiest pitcher to figure out, but we’ll see if he can bring a better effort to the bump on Sunday. The Lions are expected to go with Shih Tzu-Chien on the bump on Sunday. He’s been serviceable, though is still vulnerable to getting roughed up. Last season was a mess for Shih. He’s seeking a bounce-back campaign in 2020. Thus far it has been up and down for Shih. Get our free Uni-Lions vs. Fubon Guardians pick for May 10, 2020 in the CPBL.
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The Guardians will send Yu Ting-Wei to the bump for the start on Sunday. Yu has been the weakest pitcher in the Guardians’ rotation thus far in 2020. He’s gotten rattled for 6.30 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in two outings of work, which encompassed 10 innings. In his first season as a rookie in 2019, Yu posted a 4.47 ERA and 1.38 WHIP for a respectable start to his CPBL career.
There were signs of issues in his warm-up starts with the II team in 2020. Yu had a 6.32 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in three warm-up outings with the Fubon Guardians II. That’s been almost exactly the same as his numbers with the No. 1 club. This should be an opportunity for the Lions’ bats to have a big day.
Shih got mauled in his time with the II team this season. In 14.2 innings of work, Shih didn’t have a promising stint in preparation for the CPBL regular season. He was wacked for a 12.27 ERA and 2.52 WHIP in four starts. He’s been able to settle down for a 4.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, but questions still remain after he struggled in 2019.
Shih made 18 starts in 2019 and faced plenty of issues with his control. He had a 6.42 ERA and 1.54 WHIP with a record of 5-8. While he’s been able to stabilize so far, don’t expect too much out of him. There are going to be consistency issues to work out. He takes on a Guardians’ offense that has been swinging the bats well. They’ve scored 8.6 runs per game in their previous five matchups. Let’s look for a fun, entertaining high-scoring game with more than 14 runs on the scoreboard Sunday.