Hanwha Eagles vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 5/15/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Hanwha Eagles vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: Hanwha (+195) Kiwoom (-285)
Seung Gwan Lee and the Hanwha Eagles (13-20, 9th in KBO) are headed to Gocheok Sky Dome on Saturday where they'll take on the Kiwoom Heroes (16-18, 7th in KBO). The odds on this game have the Eagles coming in at +195 and the Heroes are at -285. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Seung Gwan Lee and Jake Brigham.
The Eagles have accounted for 55 doubles as a squad and have hit 14 balls out of the park. Hanwha is slugging .335 and have struck out 299 times, while drawing a walk on 141 occasions. As a squad, the Hanwha Eagles are knocking in 4.5 runs/g, which is 8th in KBO. They have accumulated 137 runs batted in in addition to 265 base knocks so far this season, and their average at the plate is sitting at .241. They have accumulated 148 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .333.
Joo-Suk Ha is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Hanwha. Ha has accrued an average at the plate of .267 for his career in baseball, in addition to 259 runs scored and an OPS of .696. He has fanned 485 times and earned a walk on 109 at-bats, which has contributed to a .315 on-base %. In his professional baseball career, Ha has hit 36 baseballs over the fence while knocking in 223 runs. He has earned a slugging percentage of .381 in addition to having tallied 711 bases. During his time in professional baseball, he stepped into the batters box 2,026 times and has come through with a base hit 498 times.
The Hanwha Eagles have a tally of 867 putouts this year, as well as 285 assists and 27 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .977 which has them ranked 7th in the league and have a total of 26 double plays. The Eagles have stolen 27 bases and have been thrown out 6 times, which shows us their caught stealing rate is 18.2%.
The Eagles have compiled a team earned run average of 4.80 over the course of the season (6th in the league), and the staff has struck out 229 hitters. Hanwha has allowed 265 base knocks (8.3 per 9 innings) in addition to 154 earned runs. They have a K/BB ratio of 1.36 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.50. Eagles pitchers have yielded 31 home runs and also 173 runs in total (5th in KBO).
Kiwoom has recorded 17 HRs on the season to go along with 156 runs batted in. The have tallied 62 doubles, while taking a walk 156 times and recording 172 runs. The Kiwoom Heroes are sitting with an on-base percentage of .347 in addition to a team batting average of .251 over the course of the season. The Heroes hold a team slugging % of .363 and they tally 5.06 runs per contest (6th in KBO). They have been called out on strikes on 262 occasions (3rd in the league) and have earned 295 hits.
Hye-seong Kim is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Kiwoom. Kim has recorded a free base 130 times while going down on strikes on 333 plate appearances. His OBP sits at .337 and he is the owner of a lifetime OPS of .712. In the 1,427 official at-bats in his baseball career, Kim has accumulated a batting average of .275 with 392 base hits. He has amassed 245 runs and racked up 154 RBIs. He has hit a home run 14 times, as well as 535 bases in total and a .375 slugging percentage.
The Kiwoom Heroes have turned 37 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .978 (6th in Korean baseball). The Heroes have accrued 363 assists, 29 errors and have notched a total of 918 putouts for the year. Out of their 25 tries at swiping a bag, they have had success 18 times and been caught 7 times (28.0% caught stealing percentage).
The Heroes are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.582 and have a FIP of 5.53 as a unit over the course of the season. They come in at 1st in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 329. The Kiwoom pitching staff have conceded 188 runs so far this year while having an ERA of 5.00 (170 earned runs given up). Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 1.46 (227 strikeouts vs 155 free passes). They have conceded 32 dingers and they give up 5.53 runs per 9 innings (7th in KBO).
Brigham (98-88 win-loss record in his career) has a 4.00 ERA while conceding 8.9 hits per nine innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.49 and he has faced 7,281 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career. He has surrendered a total of 754 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.327 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.7. During his pro baseball career, Brigham has allowed 1,676 base knocks while he has tallied 1,424 strikeouts in 1,695 frames.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Hanwha (+195)
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