CBPL Preview: Monkeys at Lions

CBPL Preview: Monkeys at Lions

Rakuten Monkeys (7-1) at Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions (4-6)

Projected Starters

RHP Weng Wei-Chung (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs RHP Shi Zi-Qian (1-0, 3.00 ERA)

Game Preview

The three-time defending champion Monkeys got out to a hot start this season, winning their first seven games before blowing a five-run lead Saturday for their first loss of the season. The Monkeys have had an electric offense this season, scoring 9.3 runs per game, but they've also given up a fairly high 5.6 runs per contest. The Lions have scored 4.8 runs while allowing 8.0 runs per game. Both of Sunday's pitchers looked good in their first starts of the season, each coming away victorious, though neither pitcher impressed last year. Weng recorded a 6.14 ERA in 14 starts and two relief appearances as a 20-year-old in his CPBL debut, striking out just 12.6 percent of opposing batters. Shi posted a 6.42 ERA in 18 starts and two relief appearances in 2019, his third in the CPBL, striking out a similarly low 13.3 percent of opposing batters. This looks like it has the potential to be a high-scoring affair.

Monkeys' Last Lineup

RF Chen Chen-Wei

3B Lin Li

1B Chen Chun-Hsiu

DH Lin Hung-Yu

2B Kuo Yen-Wen

LF Chu Yu-Hsien

CF Cheng Chin

C Liu Shih-Hao

SS Lin Cheng-Fei

Lions' Last Lineup 

DH Chen Chieh-Hsien

2B Lin Ching-Kai

RF Lin An-Ko

LF Su Chih-Chieh

1B Teng Chih-Wei

C Chen Chung-Yu

3B Kuo Fu-Lin

SS Lin Tzu-Chieh

CF Tang Chao-Ting

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