The Lamigo Monkeys are very close to clinching the first-half title in the CPBL. At 34-14 through 48 games, they have a comfortable seven-game lead over the Chinatrust Brothers (27-21-2 through 50 games). This puts Lamigo’s magic number at five; meaning any combination of Monkeys wins and Brothers losses that equal five will clinch the first-half pennant for the Taoyuan-based team.
But what exactly does clinching the first half-season mean? It’s a scenario that non-local baseball fans might be unfamiliar with. The CPBL is unique in that a season is broken down into two halves of 60 games each. The first half runs from March until the end of June. At this point, a first-half champion is crowned and all teams have their records reset. The second half then runs from July through early October. In late October, the two top teams compete in a best-of-seven Taiwan Series to determine the full-season winner.