Rakuten Monkeys vs. Uni Lions – 5/23/20 CPBL Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

2020-05-23 05:00:00 EDT

The Rakuten Monkeys (16-6) and the Uni Lions (10-16) will meet on Saturday, May 23rd for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). Will we be able to get a ballgame in? The rain has owned the CPBL this past week, but hopefully Saturday’s forecast will be more generous. 

After four straight days of weather postponements in the CPBL, all four teams are looking forward to getting back on the field. Rakuten; the team with the league’s best record, is especially hungry to get back to their winning ways, as they are actually coming off a 9-7 loss to Fubon in their last game. Rakuten is still ten games above .500 and the only team with a winning record in the CPBL, but their ‘dominance’ has taken a hit as of late. Rakuten is still winning ballgames at a great rate, but they look beatable, something that should be comforting for the three other clubs competing with them. 

Uni has unfortunately trended completely downward recently, losing their last game against Chinatrust 19-9. Uni has not looked good on all sides of the Diamond lately, which is frustrating for a team that got off to such a hot start as they did. Uni has had more success against Rakuten than any other team in the CPBL this season, with three wins against the Monkeys. If somehow Uni was able to take one of these two games against Rakuten on Saturday and Sunday, it would certainly give them the boost in confidence they desperately need. 

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The betting lines show that Rakuten is the big favorite with -250 odds on the Win-Line. Uni opens as the underdog with a +175 price respectively. The Run-Line currently is Rakuten -1.5 at (-120), which is quite appealing to me. I think Rakuten is the team best prepared to endure a long break and then come out hot their next game. I just do not trust Uni right now, as they have looked miserable, being outscored 27-11 in their past two games. I will take Rakuten -1.5 at -120, as it is the wager with the most value in my eyes. 

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