2020-05-16 05:00:00 EDT
The Fubon Guardians (9-13) and the Rakuten Monkeys (16-5) will meet on Saturday, May 16th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). Rakuten took game one of this series; will game two be any different?
The Rakuten Monkeys were victorious on Friday by the score of 7-6 in ten innings of play. This was a classic battle between two teams that have been quite hot as of late, and the game going to extra-innings added even more to the dramatics. Rakuten extends their season dominance over these Fubon Guardians to a perfect 7-0 record against them so far this season. Rakuten has been an almost impossible nut to crack for most teams in the CPBL this season, especially Fubon.
Fubon allowed the tying run in the top of the 7th inning to Rakuten to notch the game up at 6. The game will be scoreless for two more innings before Rakuten scored the go-ahead run in the top half of the tenth inning. Fubon was unable to answer, and they earned their 13th loss of the season. This has to be one of the more frustrating losses for Fubon, as they were so close to beating a team that they have played so poorly against all season long.
Game two should be just as exciting as game one was, and the betting lines show that as well. Rakuten is, of course, the Win Line favorite with a -167 price, which is a lot cheaper than their -350 Win Line in game one. Fubon is the underdog yet again, but this time they are only at +122, as the bookies are giving them a lot more respect in this one.
I took Fubon in game one of this series because they seem poised to beat this Rakuten team once and for all. It has been a demon that has haunted them since Day 1 of this season, therefore I think that they are able to get the job done here in game two. I like the Fubon Guardians on the Win Line to earn their first victory over this juggernaut Rakuten team.