The gold medal in baseball will be at stake on Saturday when the United States and Japan collide in the gold medal game of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 a.m. ET. Japan is the -200 favorite (risk $200 to win $100) in the latest United States vs. Japan odds from Caesars Sportsbook while the United States is the +170 underdog. The Over/Under for total runs scored is 8.5. (Check out all of SportsLine's Olympics coverage.)
Before you lock in your Japan 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.
Saturday's game features two teams looking to end gold medal droughts. The United States has not won gold in baseball since 2000. Japan has never won gold since baseball became a medal sport in 1992. (Baseball was not a medal sport in either '12 or '16.) In a quest to win gold on its home soil, the Japanese have fielded a team of domestic professional stars.
The game pits the best pitching team against the best run-scoring team in the tournament. Team USA leads the six-team Olympic field in ERA (2.18), while Japan ranks first in runs per game (5.8). On Monday Japan edged the United States, 7-6, in the teams' only meeting at these Olympics.
Now, Snyder has set his sights on Japan vs. United States. One of his picks is Over 8.5 runs (-110), but 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 United States vs. Japan picks of your own.
So who wins Japan vs. United States in the gold medal game on Saturday? And which side of the run line has all the value? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of the United States vs. Japan run line you should be all over on Saturday, all from the baseball insider who went 26-18 in the 2020 MLB Playoffs!