Kia Tigers vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 4/8/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (-180) Kiwoom (+150)
Min-woo Lee and the Kia Tigers (73-71, 6th in KBO last year) travel to Gocheok Sky Dome on Thursday where they'll meet the Kiwoom Heroes (80-63, 5th in KBO last season). The line on this game has the Tigers priced at -180 and the Heroes are at +150. The O/U has been set at 10.5. The pitchers expected to start will be Min-woo Lee and Eric Jokisch.
The Tigers accounted for 224 two-baggers as a unit and hit 130 balls out of the stadium last year. Kia had a slugging % of .404 and were rung up 957 times, while taking a walk on 535 occasions. As a team, the Kia Tigers recorded 5.0 runs per game, which had them sitting at 7th in baseball. They had 692 runs batted in in addition to 1,355 hits over the course of the prior season, while their average at the plate was at .274. They accounted for 724 runs while having a team OBP of .351.
The Tigers compiled a team ERA of 5.13 in the prior season (8th in KBO), and their staff struck out 1,038 batters. Their pitching staff walked 559 opposing players and their FIP came in at 5.63 as a team during the previous year. They earned a K/BB ratio of 1.86 and their pitching staff had a collective WHIP of 1.54. Tigers pitchers conceded 120 home runs and 795 runs (3rd in KBO).
Min-woo Lee allowed 129 hits in 106 innings pitched last year. His ERA was 6.79 and he punched out 67 hitters. He conceded 80 earned runs last year and had a K/BB ratio of 1.4. He allowed 11 hits per nine innings and his WHIP was at 1.66. Lee was the owner of a FIP of 7.39. Lee (11-20 career win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 6.91 and he has faced 1,010 hitters in baseball. He has surrendered 269 base hits (11.1 hits per nine innings) and has 96 free passes. His earned run average is 6.24 (151 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.677. Lee has taken the ball for 217 innings and has totaled 160 strikeouts thus far in his career.
The Kiwoom Heroes held a team on-base percentage of .355 as well as a batting average of .269 over the course of last season. They were rung up on 1,030 occasions (3rd in baseball) and had 1,332 base hits. Kiwoom was sitting with 127 home runs over the course of the prior season to go along with 713 RBIs. The Heroes had a team slugging % of .408 and they were earning 5.27 runs per outing (5th in the league). They recorded 254 two-baggers, while taking a walk 608 times and putting up 759 runs.
The Heroes had a team WHIP of 1.392 in addition to having a FIP of 4.86 as a unit for the prior year. Their K/BB ratio came in at 2.13 (950 strikeouts vs 446 free passes). They were sitting at 8th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 1,336. They surrendered 126 home runs and they gave up 4.86 runs per 9 innings (2nd in KBO). The Kiwoom pitching staff yielded 692 runs last year while holding an ERA of 4.39 (624 earned runs relinquished).
Jokisch gave up 144 base hits while surrendering 38 earned runs (2.14 ERA). His WHIP was 1.06 and he earned a FIP of 2.99 last year. He pitched in 159.2 innings last year while allowing 8.1 H/9. Jokisch earned a K/BB ratio of 4.6 with 115 total punch outs. So far in his pro career, Jokisch has given up 1,417 hits while he has accumulated 1,119 K's in 1,443 frames. He has given up a total of 551 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.261 and having a FIP of 4.1. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.77 and he has gone up against 6,053 opposing batters in his career. Jokisch (90-77 win-loss record in his career) holds a 3.44 earned run average and has surrendered 8.8 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kia (-180)
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