Hanwha Eagles vs Lotte Giants Prediction, 5/1/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Hanwha Eagles vs Lotte Giants
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Location: Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea
TV: SBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Hanwha (+105) Lotte (-125)
Seung-heon Lee and the Lotte Giants (10-12, 8th in KBO) host the Hanwha Eagles (8-14, 10th in KBO) at Sajik Baseball Stadium on Saturday. The Eagles open this contest at +105 while the Giants are priced at -125. The O/U is set at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Nick Kingham and Seung-heon Lee.
As a squad, the Hanwha Eagles are putting up 4.5 runs per game, which is 7th in the league. They have 99 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .321. The Eagles have tallied 35 doubles as a team and have knocked 11 balls out of the stadium. They have amassed 90 runs batted in and 167 hits so far this year, and their average at the plate is .231. Hanwha has a slugging percentage of .328 and have struck out 199 times, while drawing a walk on 91 occasions.
Ryon Healy is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Hanwha. In his professional baseball career, Healy has hit 141 baseballs out of the park while knocking in 613 runs. He has amassed a slugging percentage of .455 in addition to earning 1,815 bases. For his time in baseball, he stepped up to bat 4,310 times and also came through with a hit 1,133 times. He has fanned 766 times and earned a walk on 244 occasions, which contributes in part to a .327 OBP. Healy has accumulated a batting average of .284 for his career, in addition to 517 scored runs and an OPS of .782.
The Hanwha Eagles have accumulated 573 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 192 assists and 19 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .976 which has them sitting 8th in Korean baseball and they have twisted 15 double plays. The Eagles have stolen 20 bases and have been caught 3 times, which means their caught stealing percentage is 13.0%.
The Eagles have an ERA of 4.43 this year (6th in the league), and the staff has struck out 158 hitters. Eagles pitchers have allowed 19 long balls in addition to 107 runs (5th in baseball). Hanwha has surrendered 167 hits (7.9 per 9 innings) and 94 earned runs. Their K/BB ratio is 1.36 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.48.
Kingham has taken the hill for 932 frames and has tallied 795 punch outs in his career. Kingham (56-56 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.41 while he has gone up against 3,937 batters during his time in baseball. His earned run average is 3.91 (405 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.254. He has given up 901 hits (8.7 hits per nine innings) with 268 walks.
The Lotte Giants have a team on-base percentage of .369 in addition to a batting average of .273 over the course of the season. They have been called out on strikes on 162 instances (5th in the league) and have a total of 214 base hits. Lotte has recorded 18 long balls on the season and 111 RBIs. The Giants have a team slugging % of .393 and they earn 5.14 runs per game (4th in KBO). They have put up 40 two-baggers, while getting a free base 115 times and racking up 113 runs.
Hoon Chung is a batter who can be a difference maker for Lotte. Chung has recorded a walk 320 times while being called out on strikes on 620 attempts. His on-base % is .360 and he holds a lifetime OPS of .750. During the 2,834 at-bats in his career, Chung has a batting average of .275 with 779 base knocks. He has compiled 455 runs and also has 344 RBIs. He has gone yard 48 times, in addition to having 1,104 total bases and also a .390 slugging %.
Out of their 29 chances at getting a steal, they have been successful 21 times and been caught 8 times (27.6% caught stealing rate). The Lotte Giants have turned 17 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .982 (4th in the league). The Giants have accrued 229 assists, 15 errors and have earned 592 putouts so far this season.
The Giants are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.512 in addition to having a FIP of 5.29 as a team on the season. They are currently ranked 5th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 197. The Lotte pitching staff have given up 116 runs for the year while holding a team ERA of 4.89 (107 earned runs yielded). Their K/BB ratio is 1.59 (161 strikeouts against 101 free passes). They have yielded 23 dingers and they yield 5.29 runs per 9 innings (8th in KBO).
Lee (3-3 career mark) has a 5.70 earned run average while conceding 9.4 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.47 and he has faced 248 hitters during his pro baseball career. He has conceded 34 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.602 and a FIP of 6.7. In his pro baseball career, Lee has given up 56 hits while tallying 44 K's in 53 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Hanwha (+105)
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