Uni Lions vs. Rakuten Monkeys - 5/12/20 CPBL Baseball Pick, Odds and Prediction
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Uni Lions (8-13) vs Rakuten Monkeys (14-4)
May 12th - 6:35 AM EST
Uni Lions (+183) Rakuten Monkeys (-256)
The Uni Lions (8-13) and the Rakuten Monkeys (14-4) will meet on Tuesday, May 12th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Both teams were given a day off on Monday, and both teams are coming off big wins.
The Uni Lions were finally able to slay the dragon, as they put their grueling six-game losing streak to rest with a 10-2 win over the Fubon Guardians on Sunday. Uni is still five games below .500 and in last place in the CPBL standings. Uni had struggled on both sides of the ball in that stretch, but by only allowing two runs and scoring double-digits, perhaps Uni is ready to get hot.
Rakuten was able to win a thriller against the Chinatrust Brothers on Sunday, 5-4. Rakuten won the three-game series against the Brothers, two games to one. Rakuten has now improved to ten games above .500, and they have won two straight. One concerning stat was that the Monkeys were only able to score 15 runs in the three games against Chinatrust, a number that is usually much higher for this team. I am not too worried about the lack of offense in that series, as Rakuten was still able to win two games of three.
The Rakuten Monkeys currently lead the season series against Uni, 3-2 so far this season. Uni has the most wins against Rakuten out of the three other teams in the CPBL (Chinatrust, Uni, Fubon). Uni has also won the last two meetings against Rakuten, so it will be interesting to see if the Lions are able to pull off yet another upset.
The Win Line shows that Uni is indeed major underdogs in this game, with a +183 price. Rakuten is the heavy favorites with a -256 price respectively. I expect a high-scoring affair between these two teams. I do not trust the Uni pitching staff even after a stellar game previously. I see Rakuten scoring double-digits, while also giving up a decent amount to the Uni Lions as well. Rakuten wins this game, but my best bet is on the over 14.5 at -110.