Thursday, March 18, 2010

Very Brief Season Preview: Bears

Last season: Did not make playoffs

Number of players banned during off-season: 10 (6 pitchers,  4 infielders) 2 undetermined

The Good:  In DH Chen Chin-Feng (27 HRs, .320 Avg.) and IF Lin Zhi-Sheng (31HRs-led the league, .332 Avg.) the Bears have the two most potent power hitters in the CPBL. SP Aaron Rakers is returning and will hope to build on the 13  wins he chalked up in the last campaign. The bullpen looks pretty solid, with Geng Bo-Xuan, Xu Min-Jie, Huang Chin-Zhi, and (especially) Tseng Zhao-Hao all having strong seasons in 2009.

The Bad: After losing six pitchers (three starters) in the off-season, the Bears have had to use all of their import allocations to reinforce it's presence on the mound. While this move should solve it's starting pitching problems, the Bears offense would have benefited by bringing in at least one extra bat to the lineup.

The Unknown: Rookie Lin Hong-Yu will get a ton of work behind the plate, especially if last year's starter Chen Feng-Min is found guilty of the charges he's facing. Import pitchers Chris Mason, Zachary Parker and Kenny Ray are all new to the league.

End of Season Prediction: Outside of the playoffs

No comments:

Post a Comment