Hanwha Eagles vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 10/2/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Hanwha Eagles vs Kia Tigers
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: Hanwha (+147) Kia (-200)
Gwangju Kia Champions Field is the venue where Daniel Mengden and the Kia Tigers (44-66, 9th in KBO) will play the Hanwha Eagles (44-70, 10th in KBO) on Saturday. The moneyline on this game has the Eagles priced at +147 and the Tigers are at -200. The over/under opens at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Ryan Carpenter and Daniel Mengden.
The Eagles have recorded 183 two-baggers as a unit and have smacked 70 balls out of the park. Hanwha is slugging .346 and have been called out on strikes 1,091 times, while getting the free base on 541 occasions. As a squad, the Hanwha Eagles are scoring 4.2 runs per game, which has them at 9th in baseball. They have tallied 483 runs batted in in addition to 963 base knocks this season, while their average at the plate is sitting at .240. They have notched a total of 519 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .337.
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Jae-hun Choi is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Hanwha. Choi has accrued an average at the plate of .265 for his career, with 209 runs scored and an OPS of .729. He has fanned 305 times and earned a walk on 189 occasions, which has contributed to a .360 on-base percentage. For his pro baseball career, Choi has drilled 17 baseballs out of the park while knocking in 167 runs. He has recorded a slugging percentage of .344 in addition to earning 600 bases. Over the course of his pro career, he came to bat 2,059 times and got on base with a hit 462 times.
The Eagles have stolen 97 bases and have been gunned down 38 times, which shows us their caught stealing percentage sits at 28.1%. The Hanwha Eagles have accounted for 3,221 putouts thus far, as well as 1,067 assists and 97 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .978 which has them sitting 8th in Korean baseball and they have twisted 103 double plays.
The Eagles have compiled a team earned run average of 4.74 on the season (7th in baseball), and they have struck out 878 batters. Eagles pitchers have given up 102 long balls and 632 total runs (3rd in baseball). Hanwha has relinquished 1,018 hits (8.5 per 9 innings) and also 565 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.49 and the pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.50.
Carpenter has taken the ball for 1,442 frames and has accounted for 1,319 strikeouts thus far in his career. Carpenter (81-91 career mark) has earned a FIP of 4.82 while facing 5,814 opposing hitters during his time in baseball. His ERA is 4.34 (696 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.317. He has given up 1,495 base hits (9.3 hits per nine innings) and has 404 walks.
Kia has accumulated 55 home runs for the season and 441 RBIs. They have put up 149 doubles, while taking a walk 494 times as well as earning 459 runs. The Kia Tigers are sitting with an on-base percentage of .335 in addition to a team batting average of .244 so far this season. The Tigers have a team slugging % of .334 and they are earning 3.96 runs per contest (10th in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 742 occasions (9th in the league) and have earned 946 hits.
Seon-bin Kim is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Kia. Kim has drawn a free base 449 times while striking out on 409 occasions. His OBP comes in at .374 and he has a lifetime OPS of .753. Over the course of the 3,962 official at-bats in his professional career, Kim has compiled an average at the plate of .302 and has racked up 1,196 hits. He is sitting with 592 runs and also has 439 runs batted in. He has gone yard 28 times, as well as 1,500 bases in total and a .379 slugging percentage.
The Kia Tigers have turned 107 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .980 (7th in Korean baseball). The Tigers have recorded 1,086 assists, 85 errors and have notched a total of 3,063 putouts so far this year. Of their 112 attempts at stealing a base, they have been successful 79 times and been caught 33 times (29.5% caught stealing rate).
The Tigers have a WHIP of 1.538 in addition to having a FIP of 5.54 as a team over the course of the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 1.47 (767 strikeouts against 522 walks). They are currently ranked 6th in KBO as a staff in total hits given up with 1,048. They have given up 116 long balls and they give up 5.54 runs per 9 innings (9th in baseball). The Kia pitching staff have given up 629 runs for the season while holding an ERA of 5.13 (582 earned runs surrendered).
In his pro baseball career, Mengden has surrendered 956 base knocks while he has totaled 913 punch outs in 1,048 innings. Mengden (67-54 career mark) has earned a 3.68 ERA while giving up 8.2 hits per nine innings. He has surrendered a total of 429 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.202 and a FIP of 4.1. His K/BB ratio is 3.00 and he has gone up against 4,209 batters thus far in his career.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Hanwha (+147)
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