Doosan Bears vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 7/2/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Doosan Bears vs Kia Tigers
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
TV: SBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Doosan (-105) Kia (+110)
Gwangju Kia Champions Field is the venue where Eui Lee Lee and the Kia Tigers (25-43, 10th in KBO) will play the Doosan Bears (33-35, 7th in KBO) on Friday. The Tigers open this matchup at +110 while the Bears are priced at -105. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Walker Lockett and Eui Lee Lee.
The Bears have accrued 100 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 58 balls out of the park. Doosan is slugging .398 and have struck out 463 times, while being walked on 284 occasions. As a team, the Doosan Bears are scoring 5.2 runs per game, which puts them at 5th in baseball. They have accrued 337 runs batted in and 646 base knocks over the course of the season, while their team batting average comes in at .275. They have tallied 355 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .358.
Seok-Hwan Yang is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Doosan. Yang has earned a batting average of .266 for his baseball career, in addition to 218 runs scored and an OPS of .750. He has gone down on strikes 388 times and has gotten a free base on 120 at-bats, contributing to a .313 on-base percentage. For his career, Yang has drilled 68 baseballs out of the park while knocking in 306 runs. His slugging percentage is .437 in addition to having tallied 813 bases. Over the course of his pro career, he stepped up to bat 2,029 times and has delivered with a hit 495 times.
The Doosan Bears have earned 1,815 putouts on the campaign, as well as 651 assists and 40 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .984 which has them sitting 1st in the league and have a total of 58 double plays. The Bears have stolen 39 bags and have been thrown out 20 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage is 33.9%.
The Bears are sitting with a team earned run average of 4.27 on the year (4th in the league), and the staff has rung up 467 hitters. Doosan has surrendered 653 hits (9.7 per 9 innings) and 287 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.72 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.53. Bears pitchers have given up 51 home runs and also 314 total runs (8th in the league).
Lockett has taken the mound for 705 frames and has earned 545 punch outs so far in his career. His earned run average is 4.24 (332 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.350. He has surrendered 775 base hits (9.9 hits per 9 innings) and has 177 free passes. Lockett (39-40 career mark) holds a FIP of 5.12 and he has gone up against 3,065 hitters in baseball.
The Kia Tigers hold an OBP of .338 and a batting average of .246 this season. They have been called out on strikes on 445 occasions (8th in baseball) and have accounted for 568 base knocks. Kia has hit 24 home runs so far this year to go along with 246 runs batted in. The Tigers have a SLG% of .324 and they have an average of 3.74 runs per outing (10th in baseball). They have hit 82 doubles, while walking 294 times as well as scoring 254 runs.
Seon-bin Kim is one batter you are going to want to keep your eye on for Kia. Over the course of the 3,789 at-bats in his pro career, Kim has accrued an average at the plate of .302 with 1,144 base hits. He has homered 25 times, as well as 1,424 bases in total and a .376 slugging percentage. Kim has recorded a free base 427 times while going down on strikes on 396 plate appearances. He has a total of 567 runs and also has 419 RBIs. His OBP is .374 and he holds a career OPS of .750.
The Kia Tigers have turned 61 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .983 (2nd in KBO). The Tigers have accrued 652 assists, 43 errors and have a tally of 1,806 putouts for the year. In their 66 chances at swiping a bag, they have had success 49 times and been caught 17 times (25.8% caught stealing rate).
The Tigers hold a team WHIP of 1.631 and have a FIP of 5.92 as a staff for the season. They are sitting at 6th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 633. The Kia pitching staff have relinquished 396 runs on the season while holding an ERA of 5.61 (375 earned runs given up). Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 1.32 (462 strikeouts vs 349 bases on balls). They have conceded 70 homers and they concede 5.92 runs per 9 innings (10th in the league).
Lee (3-3 mark in his career) is the owner of a 4.30 earned run average and has allowed 6.8 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.83 and he has faced 259 hitters in his pro baseball career. He has surrendered 29 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.335 and a FIP of 4.8. In his career, Lee has conceded 46 base knocks while accumulating 64 punch outs in 60 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Doosan (-105)
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