2020-05-30 05:00:00 EDT
The Uni Lions (11-18) and the Rakuten Monkeys (17-8) will meet on Saturday, May 30th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). Rakuten took game one in a pitchers duel, will game two follow suit?
The Rakuten Monkeys finally put an end to their strange and unheard of three-game losing streak on Friday with a win over the Uni Lions, 3-1. Rakuten took a 1-0 lead in the fourth and extended that lead to two in the eighth. Uni finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth, but Rakuten added another tally in the top of the ninth for some much-needed insurance. Rakuten was able to close the door in the bottom half of the ninth inning, and the Monkeys were victorious for the 17th time this season.
Uni’s loss makes it 18 on the season so far, the most in the CPBL by four. Despite Uni’s struggles throughout the entire season, the Lions do have the most wins against Rakuten out of any team in the CPBL this season with 4. This is a stat that they will most likely cling on to, as the Uni Lions do not have much more going for them so far this year.
The betting line in this one has the Rakuten Monkeys as the favorites with a -180 price on the Win-Line. The Uni Lions are the underdogs in this contest with a -150 price on the Win-Line. The Run-Line in this game has the Rakuten Monkeys at -1.5 (-120). The Uni Lions are +1.5 runs at (+110). The total in this game is set at 13.5 runs, with both the over and the under at -110 odds.
I am a little puzzled by the betting line for this game, as I expected Rakuten to be a lot larger favorites. Sure, -180 is still quite a big favorite, but I was expecting a number at least in the -200s. This makes me think there could be some reverse line movement in this game, so I will stay away from Rakuten and take the Uni Lions at +1.5 on the Run-Line for +110 odds.