Fubon Guardians (9-12) Rakuten Monkeys (15-5)
May 15th - 6:35 AM EST
Rakuten Monkeys (-357) Fubon Guardians (+246) Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Fubon Guardians (9-12) and Rakuten Monkeys (15-5) will meet on Friday, May 15th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). After a tough loss for the Monkeys, how will the league's best team respond?
Fubon is coming off an 11-5 loss to the Chinatrust Brothers, a loss that moves them back down to third place in the CPBL standings. The Guardians of Fubon could not overcome a daunting 7-0 lead from the Brothers, although they were able to score five runs in the last five innings to make the score look less lopsided. Fubon now has to take on a Rakuten team that is ten games above .500 at 15-5.
Rakuten was given the day off on Thursday, after a Wednesday night loss to Uni, 15-11. That loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Monkeys, who have been dominant so far this season in the CPBL. The Monkeys lead the league in many imperative statistics, including runs scored as a team.
Trends are not in Fubon's favor in this matchup, as Rakuten as totally owned the Guardians so far this season winning all six games they have played against each other. With a 6-0 record against Fubon, there is no doubt that this line is going to show Rakuten as the heavy, heavy favorites on both the Win-Line and Run-Line.
For some reason, the betting lines for Friday games in the CPBL are a bit delayed, therefore check back later today/tonight for the odds and prediction for this game.
As I predicted earlier, the line for this game has the Rakuten Monkeys as major favorites at -357 on the win line, which is pretty unreal. Fubon is the big-time underdogs at +246, one of the biggest dog numbers of the season in the CPBL so far.
I think we would be passing up too much value if we passed on Fubon in this matchup. Rakuten is most likely going to win this game, but the fact of the matter is, Fubon is bound to defeat Rakuten sooner or later this season, and with almost +250, I will take the chance with Fubon in this game, as this team is improving each and every game.