2020-06-03 06:35:00 EDT
The Chinatrust Brothers (15-15) and the Rakuten Monkeys (18-10) will meet on Wednesday, June 3rd for a 1st Stage regular-season in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). Game one of this series went to Chinatrust because of a strong offensive showing. Will game two be any different?
The Chinatrust Brothers defeated the Rakuten Monkeys by the final score of 10-5 on Tuesday. Chinatrust earned its 15th win of the season while getting back to .500 at 15-15. Chinatrust is now only 4.0 games behind Rakuten for first place in the CPBL standings. Chinatrust provided a consistent offensive performance in the victory, scoring at least one run in five of the eight innings they batted. Chinatrust scored 10 runs on 14 hits and two errors in the win.
Rakuen struggled to score early in the game, and that put them out of reach. Rakuten was able to score four runs in the last two innings of the contest, but it was far too late for the Monkeys to start a comeback. Rakuten scored five runs on 13 hits and no errors, as that makes it back-to-back games where Rakuten earned a lot more hits than runs scored. Rakuten is leaving far too many runners on the basepaths in recent games, which is never a recipe for success. Rakuten now has double-digits in the loss column with 10.
The betting line in this game opens with the Rakuten Monkeys as the favorites on the Win-Line with -133 odds. Chinatrust opens as the small underdog with a +101 price respectively. The total in this game is set at 12.5 runs with both the over and under having -110 odds. The Run-Line has the Rakuten Monkeys -1.5 runs at +115 and the Brothers of Chinatrust +1.5 at -145.
I think Rakuten is bound to put more runs up on the scoreboard, as the baserunners are there, they are just not crossing home plate. Rakuten only had one less hit than Chinatrust in their five-run loss, so I expect the Monkeys to score a solid amount in this one. That being said, I would also not count out Chinatrust in terms of offensive either. This Brothers team lives and dies by their potent offense, and I think we will have a high-scoring affair in this game. I will take the over 12.5 in this game.