2020-06-28 05:00:00 EDT
The Rakuten Monkeys (26-19) and the Uni Lions (21-28) will meet on Sunday, June 28th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). This will be game three of this three-game series between Rakuten and Uni.
The Uni Lions absolutely exploded all over the Rakuten Monkeys on Saturday, as the Lions defeated the Monkeys by the final score of… get this… 21-5! The really funny part of all of this is the fact that Rakuten was actually the favorite in this game. Uni earned its 21st win of the season, as they now have sole possession of third place in the CPBL, one game ahead of Fubon. The Rakuten Monkeys are not in first place any longer, as they are 1.0 game behind the Chinatrust Brothers for the top spot in the CPBL standings.
The Uni Lions started scoring right out of the gates, putting a six-spot up in the first inning. The Lions were just getting started, as the team scored four more runs in the top of the third to reach double-digits. By the end of the sixth inning, the score was 11-5. Unfortunately for Rakuten, Uni was not even close to being done regarding offense. Uni added 10 more runs throughout the last three innings of the game, while Rakuten was blanked. The final score was 21-5, the most embarrassing loss of the season for Rakuten, and the biggest victory of the year for Uni for sure.
The betting line in this game has the Rakuten Monkeys as the favorites with a -220 price on the Win-Line. The Uni Lions open as the underdogs with a +175 price on the Win-Line. The total in this game is set at 14.5 runs with both the over and under at -110 odds each.
If the Rakuten Monkeys are going to be this big of favorites after they just got destroyed, it means they have to have some large advantage regarding available pitchers. I think Rakuten will come back strong in this final game of the series, and I will take them -1.5 (-115).