Kia Tigers vs Hanwha Eagles Prediction, 9/4/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs Hanwha Eagles
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (-149) Hanwha (+112)
Ki-Yeong Lim and the Kia Tigers (37-49, 9th in KBO) go to Hanwha Life Eagles Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Hanwha Eagles (36-58, 10th in KBO). The odds on this matchup have the Tigers coming in at -149 and the Eagles are at +112. The total is set at 8.5. The men taking the mound will be Ki-Yeong Lim and Min-woo Kim.
Kia is slugging .333 and have struck out 578 times, while drawing a walk on 393 occasions. They have earned 343 runs batted in as well as 737 base knocks on the season, and their team batting average sits at .244. The Tigers have earned 121 two-baggers as a unit and have smacked 40 balls out of the park. They are sitting with 356 runs and have an OBP of .337. As a team, the Kia Tigers are putting up 4.0 runs per outing, which has them at 10th in baseball.
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Won-joon Choi is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Kia. In his professional baseball career, Choi has slapped 14 baseballs over the fence while knocking in 145 runs. Over the course of his pro career, he stepped up to the plate 1,616 times and has reached base with a hit 411 times. Choi has hit .285 for his baseball career, in addition to 236 runs scored and an OPS of .731. His slugging percentage is .386 and he has accumulated 556 bases. He has been struck out 208 times and has taken a walk on 117 attempts at the plate, contributing to a .345 on-base percentage.
The Kia Tigers have notched a total of 2,394 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 855 assists and 61 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .982 which has them ranked 5th in the league and have 85 double plays. The Tigers have swiped 61 bases and have been gunned down 23 times, which means their caught stealing percentage comes in at 27.4%.
The Tigers have a team ERA of 5.28 on the year (9th in the league), and they have struck out 599 hitters. Kia has allowed 809 base hits (9.1 per 9 innings) and also 468 earned runs. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.40 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.55. Tigers pitchers have conceded 95 home runs and 492 runs (4th in KBO).
Lim has thrown 553 innings and has tallied 407 punch outs so far in his pro career. His ERA is 5.07 (312 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.519. He has given up 683 base hits (11.1 hits per nine innings) and has had 158 free passes. Lim (31-37 win-loss record in his career) holds a FIP of 5.54 while facing 2,466 hitters in baseball.
The Hanwha Eagles have accumulated a team OBP of .330 and a team batting average of .234 on the year. They have been rung up on 869 instances (1st in KBO) and have totaled 742 base hits. Hanwha has recorded 54 home runs on the season as well as 366 runs batted in. The Eagles have a slugging percentage of .339 and they average 4.04 runs per contest (9th in KBO). They have recorded 144 doubles, while getting a free base 419 times and scoring 396 runs.
Joo-Suk Ha is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Hanwha. Ha has drawn a walk 130 times while being called out on strikes on 543 plate appearances. He has compiled 289 runs and also has 246 RBIs. His on-base percentage comes in at .318 and he holds a career OPS of .701. He has hit it out of the park 39 times, in addition to having 803 total bases and a .383 slugging percentage. During the 2,098 at-bats in his professional career, Ha has accumulated a batting average of .268 and has racked up 562 hits.
In their 105 tries at swiping a bag, they have made it 74 times and been caught 31 times (29.5% caught stealing rate). The Hanwha Eagles have twisted 89 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .979 (9th in KBO). The Eagles have recorded 850 assists, 75 errors and have earned a total of 2,573 putouts this season.
The Hanwha pitching staff have relinquished 509 runs so far this season while having an ERA of 4.72 (450 earned runs given up). They have surrendered 86 home runs and they concede 5.34 runs per 9 innings (8th in the league). The Eagles have a WHIP of 1.534 with a FIP of 5.34 as a pitching staff on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 1.39 (688 strikeouts against 494 bases on balls). They come in at 6th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 821.
Thus far in his career, Kim has conceded 527 base hits while accumulating 394 punch outs in 486 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 305 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.585 and a FIP of 6.2. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.61 and he has gone up against 2,227 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. Kim (22-39 mark in his career) has a 5.64 ERA and has conceded 9.8 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kia (-149)
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