A spot in the baseball's gold medal game of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be at stake when the United States and South Korea collide in a semifinal on Thursday at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 a.m. ET. The United States is the -210 favorite (risk $210 to win $100) in the latest United States vs. South Korea odds from Caesars Sportsbook while South Korea is the +175 underdog. The Over/Under for total runs scored is 8. (Check out all of SportsLine's Olympics coverage.)
Before you lock in your South Korea vs. United States picks, be sure to see the Olympics predictions and betting advice from CBS Sports baseball guru Matt Snyder.
A former player for Indiana and a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. Baseball-obsessed since a young child, Snyder has been a fan of gambling since playing nickel-and-dime poker as a teen. CBS Sports' longest-tenured baseball expert combines simple logic learned from his baseball-playing days with an extensive background in analytics. He went 26-18 in the 2020 MLB playoffs, including 8-4 on World Series bets. Anybody who followed him saw some HUGE returns.
A lot will be on the line in Thursday's semifinal. The winner will clinch at least a silver medal and advance to the gold medal game against Japan on Saturday. Meanwhile the loser will play the Dominican Republic in the bronze medal game. South Korea won the gold medal the last time baseball was in the Olympics, in 2008 in Beijing. That same year, the United States won the bronze.
Thursday's semifinal will feature the top pitching team at the Olympics (the United States) against the top hitting team (South Korea). The Americans lead the six-team Olympics field with a 2.48 ERA. (For comparison the Dominican Republic is second, at 3.56.) Meanwhile through five games, South Korea is hitting .306 and slugging .468. Both are tops in the field.
Now, Snyder has set his sights on United States vs. South Korea. He likes Under 8.0 total runs, and he's found a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the run line. You ABSOLUTELY need to see what he has to say before locking in any 2020 Tokyo Olympics or South Korea vs. United States picks of your own.
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