Hanwha Eagles vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 8/26/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Hanwha Eagles vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
TV: SBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Hanwha (+169) Kiwoom (-232)
See-hwan Chang and the Hanwha Eagles (32-56, 10th in KBO) go to Gocheok Sky Dome on Thursday where they'll meet the Kiwoom Heroes (48-43, 4th in KBO). The line on this contest has the Eagles coming in at +169 and the Heroes are at -232. The total is set at 8.5. The starting pitchers will be See-hwan Chang and Dong Hyeok Kim.
Hanwha is slugging .338 and have been called out on strikes 819 times, while drawing a walk on 391 occasions. They have accrued 338 runs batted in and 684 hits so far this year, and their batting average is at .232. The Eagles have tallied 131 two-baggers as a team and have hit 51 balls out of the stadium. They have accumulated 362 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .328. As a team, the Hanwha Eagles are scoring 4.0 runs per game, which has them sitting at 10th in the league.
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Woon-Ho Chang is a hitter who should impact this game for Hanwha. Chang has an average at the plate of .247 for his time in baseball, with 63 runs scored and an OPS of .641. He has been struck out 117 times and earned a walk on 40 occasions, contributing to a .323 OBP. For his professional baseball career, Chang has drilled 4 balls out of the park while driving in 49 runs. His career slugging percentage is .318 and he has a total of 154 bases. Over the course of his pro career, he came to bat 564 times and has delivered with a base hit 120 times.
The Hanwha Eagles have amassed 2,387 putouts this season, in addition to 785 assists and 72 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .978 which puts them in 10th in KBO and have earned 80 double plays. The Eagles have stolen 71 bags and have been thrown out 28 times, which shows us their caught stealing percentage comes in at 28.3%.
The Eagles have compiled a team earned run average of 4.83 on the campaign (7th in KBO), and their staff has rung up 640 batters. Eagles pitchers have conceded 82 home runs and also 486 total runs (2nd in KBO). Hanwha has allowed 765 base hits (8.7 per 9 innings) as well as 427 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 1.35 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.56.
Chang (21-59 career win-loss mark) has a FIP of 5.95 and he has gone up against 2,730 batters during his time in baseball. He has surrendered 668 base hits (10.5 hits per nine innings) and has 332 free passes. His ERA is 4.95 (359 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 2.019. Chang has taken the hill for 588 frames and has earned 505 punch outs in his pro baseball career.
The Kiwoom Heroes have accounted for a team on-base percentage of .354 in addition to a team batting average of .258 for the year. They have been called out on strikes on 677 occasions (2nd in the league) and have totaled 793 base hits. Kiwoom has accumulated 61 home runs on the campaign in addition to 446 RBIs. The Heroes hold a slugging percentage of .380 and they are scoring 5.24 runs per game (3rd in baseball). They have hit 159 two-baggers, while getting a free base 423 times and putting up 477 runs.
Yong-gyu Lee is a batter who can be a difference maker for Kiwoom. Over the course of the 6,432 at-bats in his baseball career, Lee has accumulated a batting average of .300 in addition to having 1,930 base knocks. He has hit a home run 25 times, with 2,377 total bases and a .370 slugging percentage. Lee has drawn a free base 805 times while going down on strikes on 660 occasions. He has accrued 1,092 runs in addition to having earned 512 runs batted in. His on-base percentage sits at .386 and he holds a lifetime OPS of .756.
In their 64 tries at stealing a base, they got to the bag before the ball 43 times and been caught 21 times (32.8% caught stealing percentage). The Kiwoom Heroes have turned 98 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .978 (9th in Korean baseball). The Heroes have racked up 984 assists, 75 errors and have accounted for 2,420 putouts so far this year.
The Heroes are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.433 and have a FIP of 4.63 as a team on the campaign. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.68 (604 strikeouts vs 359 walks). They are currently ranked 5th in KBO as a staff in total hits relinquished with 796. They have given up 73 home runs and they yield 4.63 runs per 9 innings (3rd in the league). The Kiwoom pitching staff have conceded 415 runs so far this season while having an ERA of 4.04 (362 earned runs conceded).
Kim (0-2 career record) holds a 3.86 ERA while giving up 8.7 hits per nine innings. His K/BB ratio is 1.15 and he has faced 243 batters thus far in his career. He has allowed a total of 24 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.321 and a FIP of 4.3. So far in his pro baseball career, Kim has given up 54 hits while accumulating 23 strikeouts in 56 frames.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Hanwha (+169)
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