Chinatrust Brothers (8-9) vs Rakuten Monkeys (12-3)
May 8th - 6:35 AM EST
Chinatrust (+175) Rakuten Monkeys (-250) Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chinatrust Brothers (8-9) and the Rakuten Monkeys (12-3) will meet on Friday, May 8th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).
Rakuten is feeling great off a 15-6 win over Fubon, but can they carry that over against a surging Chinatrust team?
Chinatrust was given a much-needed day off on May 7th after defeating the Uni Lions in back-to-back contests on Tuesday and Wednesday. Chinatrust now sits at 8-9, only one game under .500 and in second place in the CPBL standings. The offense is starting to look a lot more consistent for the Brothers, which is a great sign for their club as a whole. The Brothers took down Uni 18-8 in their last game, which was very much a 'statement' win.
Rakuten defeated the Fubon Guardians by a score of 15-6 in their last game on Thursday. Rakuten has dominated Fubon so far this season, as they are a perfect 6-0 against the Guardians in the early part of the campaign. In general, Rakuten has dominated the entire CPBL thus far, as they are in first place in the standings at 12-3. Rakuten was able to take a 6-0 lead in the early stages of the game against Fubon. When Fubon was able to tie the game at 6 not too long after, Rakuten responded with nine unanswered runs en route to victory.
The line has finally been released at 12:30 AM EST. Hopefully, some of you will be up and be able to wager on this game if you would like. As far as who I like, I think the Monkeys win this game, but I cannot lay -250+ on a Win Line, and laying 2.5 runs is too steep for me on the run line. I think the best bet in this game has to be the over 13.5 runs, as Chinatrust is finally starting to put it all together with the bats, and I think Rakuten gets to at least 10 runs themselves. Over 13.5 runs is the play for me, as it holds the most value at -120.