Chinatrust Brothers (25-18) vs Rakuten Monkeys (23-17)
Sunday, June 21st, 5:05 AM EST
Chinatrust Brothers (+175) - Rakuten Monkeys (-220) Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chinatrust Brothers (25-18) and the Rakuten Monkeys (23-17) will meet on Sunday, June 21st for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). This will be the rubber match in the three-game series between Chinatrust and Rakuten.
The Rakuten Monkeys defeated the Chinatrust Brothers by the final score of 11-1 on Saturday. Rakuten totally dominated the Chinatrust Brothers throughout the entire ballgame, and now they are a 0.5 game behind the Chinatrust Brothers for first place in the CPBL. A win for Rakuten in game three would not only put them ahead of Chinatrust in the standings, but it would also give them a much-needed series win over Chinatrust.
Rakuten scored three runs in the first inning to make a statement early. Chinatrust was able to score its only run of the game in the bottom of the second inning to cut the deficit to 3-1, but that would be the last of the positives for this Chinatrust team. Rakuten was up 4-1 when, in the fifth inning, they took absolute control of the ball game by scoring five runs and opening the lead to 9-1. Chinatrust scored its one run on three hits and zero errors, while Rakuten scored its 11 runs on 14 hits and zero errors. Chinatrust cannot be happy with an embarrassing loss like this one, especially since they were heavy favorites to win the game at -200 odds.
In the betting line for this game, we see the bookies giving the Rakuten Monkeys a lot more respect than they did a day before. Rakuten is favorite to win with a -220 price on the Win-Line. Chinatrust opens as the underdogs with a heavy +175 price respectively. The total in this game is set at 12.5 runs, with both the over and the under set at -110 odds each.
With this big of a price, there is no way I can even think to touch the Win-Line with Rakuten. I think this game should open up offensively a little more for both teams, as it is the third straight game played for Chinatrust and fourth for Rakuten. I will take the over 12.5 runs in this game.