Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Very Brief Season Preview: Lions

Last season: Taiwan Series Champions

Players banned during off-season: 0

The Good: The pitching staff will be led by ace Pan Wei-Lun, two time playoff MVP Luther Hackman and closer Lin Yueh-Ping. The offense features three players who hit over .333 last season (OF Pan Wu-Hsiung .367, 1B Kao Kuo-Ching .354, C Kao Chih-Kang .337) while DH Chen Lian-Hong and OF Liu Fu Hao will add some power to the lineup.

The Bad: The Lions were the only team that did not have any players banned for throwing games (it might not be a coincidence that they ended up as champs). This season they may find themselves having to work harder in certain games as none of the players that they face will be purposefully trying to lose to them (I hope). 

The Unknown: Very little. Highly rated rookie pitchers Wang Jing-Ming and Chen Yi-Chen have been added to the squad, while imports Jerome Williams (P) and Marshall McDougall (3B) will also be making their CPBL debuts.

End of Season Prediction: Playoffs

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