Rakuten Monkeys vs. Uni Lions - 6/10/20 CPBL Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Rakuten Monkeys (19-13) - Uni Lions (14-23)
June 10th - 6:35 AM EST
Rakuten Monkeys (-225) - Uni Lions (+180)
The Rakuten Monkeys (19-13) and the Uni Lions (14-23) will meet on Wednesday, June 10th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). Uni pulled off the upset win in game one of this series, can they do it again in game two?
The Uni Lions pulled off the major upset once again and defeated the Rakuten Monkeys by the final score of 7-6 on Tuesday. Uni has honestly had Rakuten's number all season long, and although the Lions are the most inconsistent team in the league, they are always good for a nice spoiler here and there. For Rakuten, this was a big-time spoiler, as now Rakuten has lost back-to-back games yet again and are only 1.0 games ahead of the surging Chinatrust Brothers in the CPBL standings. Rakuten had a 8.0 game lead not too long ago, so this has certainly been a complete and utter downward spiral for this Rakuten team.
In the game on Tuesday, it seemed as if we were going to get a pitchers duel, as there were no runs scored in the first three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, the Uni Lions finally opened up the scoring with a one-run inning and they took the early 1-0 lead. Rakuten would take the lead in the top of the fifth 2-1, only for that to be erased with a three-run bottom of the fifth from Uni to make it 4-2. Rakuten would keep climbing and Uni would have an answer throughout the rest of the game. Finally, in the top of the ninth, Rakuten tied the game at 6-6. Uni has been in these situations where its lead is blown and the momentum switches to the other team, but for once, this was not the case. Uni muscled up and won the game via a walk-off and the Lions finished off the upset.
The betting line in this game is almost identical to yesterday's, as Rakuten remains the big favorite with a -225 price and Uni is still the major underdog with a +180 price on the Win-Line. The total in this game is set at 13.5 runs yet again, with both the over and the under at -110 odds.
I will take Rakuten -1.5 in this game, as I cannot see them letting another game against Uni slip away. This is the most important game of the season for Rakuten, and I think they take care of business on the scoreboard.