Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Very Brief Season Preview: Bulls

Last season: Did not make playoffs

Number of players banned during off-season: 2

The Good: Hitting. Led by last year's league MVP Lin Yi Quan(2B), the Bulls should have little trouble against the weakened pitching staffs they will face in most games this season.Third baseman Wilton Veras is coming off another great CPBL season. Zhang Jian-Ming (OF), Zheng Da Hong (C), and veteran Zhang Tai-Shan (DH) will all get their fair share of hits. The starting pitchers (Yang Chien-Fu, three guys named Lin, Itsuki Shoda) should be able to do enough to give the team a chance to win most games. 

The Bad: Not too much. The bullpen might be a cause for concern, especially if new 41 year-old closer Shingo Takatsu fails to live up to fan's expectations (he looked pretty great in the pre-season though).

The Unknown: Rookie Wu Zong-Jun has been penciled in to replace banned Hsieh Chia-Shian in the outfield. Import pitcher Sendy Rleal is also new to the league.

End of Season Prediction: Playoffs

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