2020-05-07 06:35:00 EDT
The Rakuten Monkeys (11-3) and the Fubon Guardians (6-9) will meet on Thursday, May 7th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). After both teams earned two days off, who will prevail? Click Here To Bet This Game
Rakuten and Fubon were given two consecutive days rest after finishing up their respective three-game series’ against Uni and Chinatrust. Rakuten was able to take 2/3 against the Chinatrust Brothers, improving their league-best record to 11-3. Fubon won their three-game series against Uni, as well, and they now sit in 3rd place in the CPBL standings with a 6-9 record.
Rakuten has been very tough to beat this season, as their offense has been red hot the entire season. The Monkeys scored 33 runs in the three games against Chinatrust, averaging 11.0 runs per game in that stretch. Rakuten will look to continue their fast start against Fubon, a team they have dominated so far this season.
Fubon needed a series win over Uni, and that is just what they got. After dropping the first game of the series, Fubon rebounded beautifully with 11-2 and 12-7 victories in the days following. Although the Guardians are still three games under .500, they have to be feeling a lot more confident after those two major wins.
The line is this game is astronomically favoring the Rakuten Monkeys, as they are giving a whopping -320 price on the Win Line. This does not surprise me, as a Rakuten team that was given two days rest should come out hot, and I expect them to score early and often. Fubon has yet to beat Rakuten once this season, as the Monkeys are a perfect 5-0 against the Guardians so far this season.
Obviously, there is no way I can take Rakuten at -320 odds, as the price has absolutely no value at all. I think Rakuten wins this game big, so I will do something I normally would never do, and I am going to take the Rakuten Monkeys -2.5 runs at -110 odds in this one. You never see a run line at -2.5, but that goes to show how uneven this matchup is. I will take Rakuten and lay the 2.5 runs. Click Here To Bet This Game