Doosan Bears vs Samsung Lions Prediction, 8/12/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Doosan Bears vs Samsung Lions
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Location: Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: Doosan (+120) Samsung (-161)
Been Gwak and the Doosan Bears (36-38, 7th in KBO) go to Daegu Samsung Lions Park on Thursday where they'll take on the Samsung Lions (45-34, 3rd in KBO). The line on this matchup has the Bears priced at +120 and the Lions are at -161. The over/under opens at 10.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Been Gwak and Jeong-hyeon Paek.
The Bears have accounted for 113 two-baggers as a team and have hit 63 balls out of the park. Doosan has a slugging rate of .400 and have been called out on strikes 498 times, while taking a walk on 316 occasions. As a unit, the Doosan Bears are putting up 5.2 runs per game, which has them at 5th in the league. They have accrued 367 runs batted in and 704 base knocks so far this season, while their batting average is sitting at .275. They have racked up 386 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .359.
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Seok-Hwan Yang is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Doosan. Yang has compiled an average at the plate of .265 for his baseball career, in addition to 220 scored runs and an OPS of .748. He has struck out 395 times and has been walked on 123 occasions, contributing to a .313 on-base percentage. For his career, Yang has drilled 69 baseballs over the fence while driving in 312 runs. He is sitting with a career slugging percentage of .435 and he has a total of 821 bases. In his time spent in pro baseball, he came to the plate 2,057 times and has delivered a base hit 500 times.
The Bears have swiped 42 bases and have been caught 22 times, which means their caught stealing rate is 34.4%. The Doosan Bears are sitting with 1,971 putouts for the season, in addition to 702 assists and 41 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .985 which has them ranked 1st in the league and have a total of 67 double plays.
The Bears have a team ERA of 4.37 so far this year (5th in the league), and their staff has rung up 508 hitters. Doosan has surrendered 715 hits (9.8 per 9 innings) and 319 earned runs. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.75 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.53. Bears pitchers have given up 60 home runs in addition to 347 total runs (9th in baseball).
Gwak has thrown 62 innings and is sitting with 49 punch outs thus far in his career. His ERA is 5.74 (40 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.835. He has allowed 74 hits (10.6 hits per 9 innings) and has had 41 walks. Gwak (3-4 career win-loss record) is the owner of a FIP of 5.74 while he has gone up against 307 opposing batters during his time in baseball.
Samsung has compiled 81 home runs so far this year to go along with 383 runs batted in. They hit 117 doubles, while getting a free base 294 times as well as scoring 410 runs. The Samsung Lions have accumulated an OBP of .350 in addition to a team batting average of .276 on the year. The Lions hold a team SLG% of .416 and they tally 5.13 runs per contest (7th in KBO). They have been called out on strikes on 487 instances (9th in the league) and have accounted for 750 base hits.
Jose Pirela is a hitter who can be a difference maker for Samsung. Over the course of the 6,949 at-bats in his pro career, Pirela has earned a batting average of .283 in addition to having 1,964 base knocks. He has hit the long ball 159 times, as well as 2,961 bases in total and also a .426 slugging %. Pirela has tallied a walk 616 times while striking out on 1,118 plate appearances. He has a total of 1,091 runs and also has 862 RBIs. His on-base percentage sits at .346 and he is the owner of a lifetime OPS of .772.
The Samsung Lions have turned 76 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .983 (3rd in KBO). The Lions have accrued 763 assists, 50 errors and have amassed 2,109 putouts so far this season. Of their 53 chances at swiping a bag, they have made it 35 times and been caught 18 times (34.0% caught stealing percentage).
The Lions hold a team WHIP of 1.479 and have a FIP of 4.67 as a team so far this year. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 1.78 (570 strikeouts vs 321 bases on balls). They rank 3rd in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 719. They have surrendered 80 home runs and they give up 4.67 runs per 9 innings (3rd in baseball). The Samsung pitching staff have allowed 365 runs for the year while having a team ERA of 4.22 (330 earned runs surrendered).
Paek (44-38 career record) is the owner of a 4.63 ERA and has given up 9.6 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.97 and he has faced 3,379 hitters during his career. He has given up a total of 395 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.474 and being the owner of a FIP of 5.1. During his career, Paek has conceded 818 hits while he has tallied 618 punch outs in 767 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Samsung (-161)
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