2020-06-16 06:35:00 EDT
The Fubon Guardians (16-20) and the Chinatrust Brothers (22-17) will meet on Tuesday, June 16th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). This will be game one of a two-game series between the second and third place teams in the CPBL.
The Fubon Guardians are coming off a much-needed win over the Uni Lions on Sunday, 6-2. For once, the Fubon Guardians took the lead and actually held that lead for the victory. It would have been really tough for Fubon to blow their 6-0 lead, but Uni did score two in the fourth inning to give Guardians fan a little bit of a scare. Fubon is now four games under .500 at 16-20. They are 3.5 games behind Chinatrust and 4.0 behind Rakuten.
The Chinatrust Brothers are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Rakuten Monkeys on Sunday. Chinatrust was in first place of the CPBL by a 0.5 game, but because of their loss to the Monkeys, they move back into 2nd. Rakuten took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and although Chinatrust was able to cut the deficit to two runs, it was not enough to get anything started for Chinatrust. Chinatrust is still five games above .500 at 22-17 and is right behind Rakuten for first place in the CPBL. A win against Fubon and Chinatrust will move back to even with Rakuten for first.
The betting line in this game opens with the Chinatrust Brothers as the favorites with a -130 price on the Win-Line. The Fubon Guardians open as the small underdogs with a +100 price respectively. The total in this game is very small for a CPBL game at 10.5 runs. The over is set at -125 odds and the under is at -105.
This should be a close game between two teams that could really use the win. Chinatrust does not want to fall a whole 1.0 game behind Rakuten in the standings. Fubon does not want to lose any ground on Chinatrust and Rakuten that they built with their win on Sunday. I think the best bet is to take the Chinatrust Brothers, as they just completed a two-game sweep of Fubon about a week ago and they are the stronger team overall.