2020-06-12 06:35:00 EDT
The Rakuten Monkeys (19-14) and the Chinatrust Brothers (21-15) will meet on Friday, June 12th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). This will be a three-game series between first and second place in the CPBL.
For the first time since the very beginning of the season, there is a new team with sole possession of first place in the CPBL standings. That team is the Chinatrust Brothers, of course, who have won seven straight games overall and have not dropped a game in the entire month of June so far. Chinatrust has been scorching hot, while Rakuten has been freezing cold. Thus, we have a swap for first and second place in the standings, but only by 0.5 games. This series will be most likely be one of the most important for both teams during the 1st Stage of this regular season. Rakuten would love to win this series and take back first place in the CPBL, while Chinatrust would also enjoy adding to their slim lead.
Chinatrust defeated the Fubon Guardians in a pitchers duel on Thursday, 4-3. Chinatrust tied the game at 3 in the seventh inning of the game and then took the go-ahead and game-winning lead in the bottom of the eighth inning to stun Fubon. Chinatrust has done everything right during their seven-game win streak, and they will look to continue their fantastic play against Rakuten.
Rakuten has lost three games in a item to the bottom two teams in the CPBL in Uni and Fubon. Rakuten was absolutely embarrassed in their last outing, an 11-2 beating at the hands of the Uni Lions. Rakuten needs to play with a lot more urgency, or else Chinatrust will run away with the division lead.
The betting lines for this game have not yet been released. Check back routinely to see when the lines are out and when the pick is made for this game.
UPDATE: The betting line has been released, and the Rakuten Monkeys open as the favorites with a -185 price on the Win-Line. The Chinatrust Brothers are the underdogs with a +139 price respectively.
I cannot pass plus money with a team that has won seven games straight, call me crazy. Chinatrust Brothers +139 for me.