2020-05-29 06:35:00 EDT
The Uni Lions (11-17) and the Rakuten Monkeys (16-8) will meet on Friday, May 29th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). This will be a three-game series between first and last place in the CPBL standings.
Uni has been the king of painful losses so far in the CPBL, and that stayed true in their loss on Wednesday. After trailing by four early to the Chinatrust Brothers, Uni was able to mount an impressive comeback and take a 7-4 lead. After blowing that lead in the 7th and 8th innings, Uni and Chinatrust went to extra innings. Chinatrust scored four runs in the top of the 11th, but Uni did not let that faze them. Uni scored three quick runs in the bottom of the 11th, but in Uni fashion, they could not get the fourth run across and lost the game 11-10 in 11 innings.
Rakuten’s scheduled game on Thursday was postponed due to rain (where have we heard this before). The Monkeys have not been playing Rakuten baseball as of late, as they have dropped three-straight games, one of which was to these Uni Lions. Rakuten needs to snap out of it quickly, or else the Fubon Guardians and Chinatrust Brothers will catch up to them in the standings.
The betting line for this game opens with the Rakuten Monkeys as the favorite at -200 odds. The Uni Lions are the underdogs with a +165 price on the Win-Line. The total for this game opens at 14.5 runs, as both of these teams love to score runs early and often.
I cannot see the Rakuten Monkeys losing a fourth game straight, even to this Uni Lions team that has played well against them so far this year. Rakuten needs this game a lot more than Uni does, and I see the Monkeys coming out fast and taking care of business. I will take the Rakuten Monkeys on the Run-Line, as taking them on the Win-Line does not carry any value. Rakuten -1.5 at -140 odds is the play for me.