Chinatrust Brothers vs. Rakuten Monkeys - 5/9/20 CPBL Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Chinatrust Brothers (9-9) vs Rakuten Monkeys (12-4)
May 9th - 5:00 AM
Chinatrust Brothers (+165) Rakuten Monkeys (-233)
The Chinatrust Brothers (9-9) and the Rakuten Monkeys (12-4) will meet on Saturday, May 9th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). Chinatrust were victors in the first game of this series, so it will be interesting to see how Rakuten responds.
Chinatrust was able to hold on after a late, ninth-inning rally from Rakuten in a 6-4 win on Friday. Rakuten scored three of their four runs in the top of the ninth, but it was not enough for a comeback. Chinatrust picked up their ninth win of the season, bringing their record back to .500 at 9-9. Chinatrust has now won three straight games overall, as they have looked solid all-around recently.
Rakuten earned its fourth loss of the season on Friday, but they are still eight games above .500 and in first place in the CPBL standings. That loss snapped a three-game win streak for Rakuten. Rakuten has only lost back-to-back games once this season, so it will be difficult for Chinatrust to complete this feat on Saturday morning.
As far as the game's line, Rakuten is not-surprisingly heavy favorites at -233 odds on the Win Line. Chinatrust is the dog with a +165 price, which is very enticing indeed. As said before, Rakuten usually does not lose twice in a row, so I am going to have to stick to the trends and not take Chinatrust on the Win Line. Rakuten's price has no value obviously, so my eyes then go to the total and run line. Rakuten is a team that plays with a lot of pride, and in the most viewed sport in Taiwan, all eyes are on them in this weekend game. I think they come out hot in this game and their bats should be on early and often. I see Rakuten scoring at least eight runs in this contest, and Chinatrust has proven lately that they can score consistently. I like the over 13.5 runs in this game, as both teams need to score often to have a chance in this game. Rakuten wins 10-7, but my best play is on the over.