2020-06-27 06:35:00 EDT
The Rakuten Monkeys (26-18) and the Uni Lions (20-28) will meet on Saturday, June 27th for a 1st Stage, regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). This will be game two of a three-game series between Rakuten and Uni.
The Rakuten Monkeys were victorious on Friday, as they beat the Uni Lions by the final score of 8-6. Rakuten’s win keeps it tied with the Chinatrust Brothers for first place in the CPBL standings, as Chinatrust also won on Friday. Rakuten’s 26th win was thanks to its lethal lineup, as a late offensive push earned them the W.
The Uni Lions started the game hot by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. It was at this time where Rakuten Monkeys’ fans started having depressing flashbacks to all of the times the Uni Lions upset the Rakuten Monkeys this season. Fortunately for their sake, Rakuten was able to score a run in the bottom of the first inning to cut the deficit in half. In the bottom of the third, Rakuten was able to take the lead thanks to a three-run inning. With the score at 4-2, Uni was able to silence the non-existent Rakuten citemd by scoring three runs of its own and taking the lead right back, 5-4. Rakuten was able to score one run in both the bottom of the fifth and sixth to take the lead, 6-5.
Uni would just refuse to quit, as the Lions scored a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 6-6. With the game looking like it could be headed to extras, Rakuten was able to stun the Lions of Uni by scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take an 8-6 lead. Rakuten was finally able to hold this lead, and the Monkeys won 8-6.
The betting line in this game opens with the Rakuten Monkeys as the favorites with a -155 price on the Win-Line. The Uni Lions are the underdogs with a +125 price on the Win-Line respectively. The total in this game is set at 13.5 runs, with both the over and the under at -110 odds each.
We took the over yesterday, and for good reason. For the same reason, I am going to take the over again in this game. These teams score at incredible rates, and once again I think pitching is put on hold in this match.