Hanwha Eagles vs Lotte Giants Prediction, 9/2/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Hanwha Eagles vs Lotte Giants
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Location: Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea
TV: SBS SPORTS
Odds/Point Spread: Hanwha (-108) Lotte (-121)
Kyun-Eun Noh and the Lotte Giants (40-50, 8th in KBO) host the Hanwha Eagles (36-57, 10th in KBO) at Sajik Baseball Stadium on Thursday. The Giants open this contest at -121 while the Eagles are coming in at -108. The over/under opens at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Ryan Carpenter and Kyun-Eun Noh.
Hanwha has a slugging rate of .339 and have struck out 861 times, while drawing a walk on 417 occasions. They have recorded 363 runs batted in in addition to 735 base knocks on the year, and their batting average is sitting at .234. The Eagles have accrued 141 two-baggers as a unit and have smacked 54 balls out of the park. They have accumulated 393 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .330. As a unit, the Hanwha Eagles are compiling 4.1 runs per outing, which puts them at 9th in baseball.
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Jae-hun Choi is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Hanwha. For his career, Choi has drilled 16 baseballs out of the park while driving in 157 runs. Over the course of his time in the league, he came to the plate 1,969 times and has come through with a base knock 440 times. Choi has a batting average of .263 for his career, in addition to 193 scored runs and an OPS of .686. His slugging percentage is .341 in addition to having tallied 571 bases. He has been struck out 294 times and has gotten a free base on 171 attempts at the plate, which has contributed to a .355 OBP.
The Eagles have stolen 73 bags and have been thrown out 29 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage sits at 28.4%. The Hanwha Eagles have 2,546 putouts this year, as well as 842 assists and 74 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .979 which is 8th in KBO and have accumulated 88 double plays.
They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 1.40 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.53. Eagles pitchers have surrendered 86 home runs and also 501 runs in total (2nd in baseball). Hanwha has surrendered 811 hits (8.6 per 9 innings) and 442 earned runs. The Eagles are sitting with a team earned run average of 4.69 for the season (7th in KBO), and the staff has struck out 681 hitters.
Carpenter (81-88 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.76 while he has gone up against 5,686 hitters in baseball. He has given up 1,467 hits (9.3 hits per 9 innings) and has 392 free passes. His ERA is 4.28 (673 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.313. Carpenter has taken the ball for 1,415 innings and is sitting with 1,295 punch outs so far in his pro career.
The Giants hold a slugging % of .395 and they are recording 5.09 runs per outing (5th in the league). They have 161 two-baggers, while getting a free base 406 times and putting up 473 runs. Lotte has hit 76 home runs on the year and 457 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 643 instances (6th in the league) and are sitting with 882 hits. The Lotte Giants hold an on-base percentage of .356 as well as a batting average of .272 on the season.
Jun-woo Jeon is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Lotte. Jeon has drawn a walk 458 times while fanning on 836 tries. His OBP comes in at .361 and he holds a lifetime OPS of .823. For the 4,877 official at-bats in his pro career, Jeon has hit .294 and has racked up 1,432 hits. He has accounted for 812 runs and has 708 runs batted in. He has hit it out of the park 165 times, with 2,255 bases in total and also a .462 slugging %.
The Lotte Giants have turned 81 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .984 (2nd in Korean baseball). The Giants have accrued 891 assists, 55 errors and have a tally of 2,464 putouts on the campaign. Of their 101 attempts at stealing a base, they have made it 70 times and been caught 31 times (30.7% caught stealing percentage).
The Lotte pitching staff have conceded 525 runs over the course of the season and come in with a team ERA of 5.36 (489 earned runs allowed). They have given up 88 long balls and they concede 5.75 runs per 9 innings (10th in baseball). The Giants have a team WHIP of 1.554 in addition to having a FIP of 5.75 as a unit on the year. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 1.61 (672 strikeouts vs 418 walks). They are currently ranked 3rd in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 858.
During his career, Noh has given up 1,118 base hits while accumulating 772 strikeouts in 1,076 frames. He has allowed 604 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.654 and a FIP of 6.1. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.60 and he has faced 4,759 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career. Noh (56-70 mark in his career) has a 4.85 earned run average and has conceded 1.5 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Hanwha (-108)
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