Rakuten Monkeys (16-6) Chinatrust Brothers (12-13)
May 21st - 6:35 AM
Rakuten Monkeys (-256) Chinatrust Brothers (+179) Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Rakuten Monkeys (16-6) and the Chinatrust Brothers (12-13) will meet on Thursday, May 21st for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). Both teams were given three days of rest and are back in action in an important game for both clubs.
The Rakuten Monkeys have been the team to beat thus far in the CPBL. With a record of 16-6 and the only team with a winning record, the Monkeys find themselves atop the CPBL standings by 5.5 games over the Chinatrust Brothers, who are the closest behind them in second place. Rakuten is coming off a loss to the Fubon Guardians on Sunday, 9-7. Before that loss, Rakuten was a perfect 7-0 against the Guardians so far this season.
Chinatrust is finally only one game under .500 at 12-13, as the Brothers would love to earn a victory in this game against Rakuten for their thirteenth win of the year. Chinatrust has to be feeling great after a 19-9 demolition of the Uni Lions on Sunday. Chinatrust has now won back-to-back games heading into this contest.
This will be the eighth meeting of the season so far this season, as Rakuten currently leads the season series 5-2. A win for Chinatrust gets them one step closer to first place in the CPBL, even though there would still be plenty of work to do. A victory for Rakuten extends their lead over Chinatrust and perhaps the rest of the league, as the Monkeys look to distance themselves from the rest of the pack early on. Rakuten has done a fine job of taking opponents out of games early, scoring many runs in the first three innings of ballgames. This will be something to look for on Thursday, as in all five wins against Chinatrust this season, Rakuten has scored at least one run in the first three innings.
The betting line in this game shows that Rakuten are the big favorites at a -256 price on the win line. Chinatrust opens as the underdog at +179. I think Chinatrust has improved a ton since the beginning of the year, and while although I do not think they are quite yet at Rakuten's level, I think that at +179 odds they have a great amount of value on them. I will take the Chinatrust Brothers to score enough runs to grab the underdog victory in this one.