2020-06-07 05:00:00 EDT
The Rakuten Monkeys (19-12) and the Fubon Guardians (15-16) will meet on Sunday, June 7th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). These two teams have split the first two games of this series, who will win the rubber match?
The Fubon Guardians defeated the Rakuten Monkeys on Saturday by the final score of 9-6. Fubon took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and then added to that lead in the top of the second to make it 3-0. Rakuten was able to score two of their own in the bottom of the second inning to cut the lead to one. Fubon then added another run in the top of the third inning, making it a 4-2 game. The offense did not stop, as Rakuten put a three-spot up in the bottom of the third to take the lead for the first time in the game, 5-4. Rakuten then added to their small lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 6-4 game. Fubon was not overwhelmed by this, however, as the Guardians scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh to take a 7-6 lead. The Guardians added two more in the eighth to put the game out of reach for Rakuten, and the Fubon Guardians earned their 15th win of the season.
Rakuten now moves to 19-12 on the year, and since Chinatrust was able to defeat the Uni Lions on Saturday, Rakuten’s lead over first place has now been trimmed to two games. This was a league-lead that not many people thought would be beaten by any team, as Rakuten was so dominant in the early part of the season. Unfortunately for them, they will be in a battle with Chinatrust for quite some time.
The betting line in this game opens with Rakuten as the big favorites with a -200 price on the Win-Line. Fubon opens as the underdog with a +165 price respectively. The total in this game is set at 11.5, with both the over and the under set at -110 odds.
I think Rakuten will win this game, but I find it way too risky to take them with the prices they have on the Win-Line and Run-Line. I think our best bet is on the total, and I will take the under 11.5 runs. I expect these two teams to settle down and focus on pitching and defense in the rubber match of this series, as that is what is in both of these team’s DNAs.