Rakuten Monkeys (19-11) - Fubon Guardians (14-16)
June 6th - 5:00 AM EST
Rakuten Monkeys (-120) - Fubon Guardians (-110) Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Rakuten Monkeys (19-11) and the Fubon Guardians (14-16) will meet on Saturday, June 6th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). Rakuten earned the victory in game one of this three-game series, will game two be more of the same?
The Rakuten Monkeys won game one of this series by the final score of 6-5. This game came down to the very end, as Fubon did not want to give up. Rakuten took a 3-0 lead by the end of six innings, as Fubon could not get into any rhythm on offense. In the top of the seventh, Fubon was able to score their first two runs of the ball game making it a 3-2 game. In the top of the eighth, Fubon scored another run to nod the score at 3-3. Rakuten would not let their blown lead get to their heads though, as the Monkeys were able to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to reclaim a three-run lead at 6-3. In the top of the ninth, Fubon would just not let go, as they were able to score two runs to make it a one-run game. Unfortunately for Fubon, their comeback was halted in the ninth, as the Guardians could not get that third run across in the inning, and Rakuten walked away with the win. Rakuten now improves to 19-11 while Fubon moves to 14-16, two games under .500.
Rakuten and Chinatrust both won their respective games, therefore Rakuten still owns a 3.0 game lead on Chinatrust for first place in the CPBL standings.
The betting lines in this game have the Fubon Guardians as the minor underdogs with a -110 price on the Win-Line. Rakuten opens as the small favorite with a -120 price on the Win-Line respectively. The total in this game is set at 10.5 runs, with both the over at -130 odds and the under at +100.
I think this will be another close battle between these two teams. Rakuten has owned Fubon this entire season, and I think they will be able to put a good amount of runs on the scoreboard yet again. I think Fubon gets off to a better start in this game than they did on Friday, therefore I will take the over 10.5 runs at -130.