Rakuten Monkeys vs. Chinatrust Brothers - 6/14/20 CPBL Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Rakuten Monkeys (20-15) - Chinatrust Brothers (22-16)
June 14th - 5:05 AM EST
Rakuten Monkeys (-125) - Chinatrust (-105)
The Rakuten Monkeys (20-15) and the Chinatrust Brothers (22-16) will meet on Sunday, June 14th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). This will be the rubber-match game between these two teams.
The Chinatrust Brothers were able to bounce back on Saturday and defeat the Rakuten Monkeys by a final score of 8-5. This win is the 22nd of the season for the Brothers of Chinatrust, and it also puts them back into sole possession of first place in the CPBL standings by a 0.5 game. Chinatrust held the lead for the entire game from start to finish in this one, as although things got close towards the end of the ballgame, Chinatrust never gave up their lead. It started in the first inning where Chinatrust was able to score four runs in the top of the first inning, a tally that gave them a much-needed early momentum boost. The score was close at 6-5 after six innings were played, but Rakuten just could not tie the game. Chinatrust added two more runs for good measure and insurance in the top of the ninth inning to make it an 8-5 victory for their club.
The Rakuten Monkeys scored five runs on 15 hits and one error. The Chinatrust Brothers scored their eight runs on 13 hits and zero errors. Therefore, Rakuten earned more hits in the game, but as we have seen Rakuten do this before, they still lost the game. For some reason, Rakuten has struggled to score runners in scoring position as of late, especially in the latter part of May and now early June.
The betting line in this game opens with the Rakuten Monkeys as the small favorites with a -125 price on the Win-Line. The Chinatrust Brothers open as the minor underdogs with a -105 price respectively. The total in this game is set at 11.5 runs with both the over and the under set at -110 odds.
With all of this being said, I do not think we can take a side in this matchup, as both teams have a great shot at winning this game. I think the better bet would be on the over, as I expect both of these teams to score a good amount of runs in game three of this series. Pitching staffs are more limited, the game will be more open, and I will take the over 11.5 runs.