Rakuten Monkeys vs Chinatrust Brothers – CPBL June 3rd

Hey, we got one today!

The Chinatrust Brothers hit the run line of (+1.5) fairly easily with their 10-5 win.

I almost went with the moneyline but a win is still a win and the run line wasn’t too far away at (-120).

Jose de Paula came through for us big time!

He struck out 10 batters over 6 innings of work and only allowed 1 run on a solo homer by Lin Li in the third.

His WHIP is now a respectable 1.32 but his record is still 2-5.

I see why he’s throwing the ball past people now.

Jose is angry!

I like it. We will follow up with him in his next start.

Can the Monkeys return to their dominant ways or will the Chinatrust Brothers overtake them for first place in the CPBL?

The Rakuten Monkeys’ lead on the Chinatrust Brothers is just 2.5 games.

Tomorrow is a big day for both teams!

Bovada.LV has our betting odds. Let’s get to the pitching matchup and our predictions for the CPBL matchup of the Rakuten Monkeys vs the Chinatrust Brothers.

Rakuten Monkeys @ Chinatrust Brother Elephants Betting Odds

Run Line

  • Rakuten -1.5 (+115)
  • Chinatrust +1.5 (-145)
Money Line

  • Rakuten (-130)
  • Chinatrust (+100)
Run Total

  • Over 12.5 (-115)
  • Under 12.5 (-115)

Taking the mound for the Brothers tomorrow will be the babyfaced Huang En-Sih.

Huang just turned 24 and he is having a better go in his sophomore year than the previous.

He started 14 games in his rookie season and finished the year with an ERA north of 7.00.

This season, though, he is 2-0 in 5 starts with a WHIP of 1.27 and an ERA of 4.45.

How has he done against the Monkeys this season?
  • He hasn’t played them yet but the kid has been impressive against both the Lions and Guardians.
  • Huang hasn’t allowed more than 3 earned runs in any start this year.

While I do expect the Monkeys to be focused in a big game, I don’t think we can say that they will tattoo Huang either.

He has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the CPBL in 2020.

Standing in the same spot for the Monkeys will be Justin Nicolino who looked good in his last game against the Guardians.

It’s too bad Mike Loree looked even better in his 3rd start of the year for the Fubon Guardians.

The under was a great play in that game and I remember kicking myself for not taking it. Nicolino has been up and down since his league debut this year.

  • In his first and most previous starts of the season, Justin threw for 14 innings, struck out 14, allowed just 6 hits, and only 1 earned run.
  • In those other two starts, he gave up a total of 17 hits and 12 earned runs over 8.2 innings.

He has been so good in those two starts, which makes me want to lean towards him having a good year.

This will be Justin’s first start against the Brothers.

If he has a solid day, they should put their bullpen in a position to hold off the Brothers.

Will they, though?

Fading the Monkeys bullpen is probably the best strategy in CPBL betting over the past month.

Brothers’ pitcher Huang En Sih is well-rested.

I just really like Justin Nicolini.

When he is on, he is on!

I’ll bet for him to make it 3 out of 5 games with tremendous performances.

Rakuten lost today and I expect their bats to respond with force to the Brother Elephants knocking on the door.

The Bet
Rakuten Monkeys

In Conclusion

We have won 2 out of our last 3, I believe.

We have had so many games cancelled, it’s been hard to keep up.

It would be 3 in a row if it weren’t for the Monkeys’ bullpen giving up 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th the Lions the other day.

I’m not going to fade them too hard today. They only had two guys go today and neither was one of their best relievers.

Starter Justin Nicolino has shown flashes of greatness in a couple of his starts this season including the most recent.

I don’t mind getting behind him for tomorrow.

I don’t think the Brothers’ starter Huang En Sih will get wrecked but I do see Rakuten putting up 4 or 5 runs by the halfway mark.

Let’s hope their rested relievers can hold.


Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.