Kia Tigers vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 6/26/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
TV: SBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (+105) Kiwoom (-110)
Eric Jokisch and the Kiwoom Heroes (33-35, 7th in KBO) play the Kia Tigers (25-39, 9th in KBO) at Gocheok Sky Dome on Saturday. The Tigers open this game at +105 while the Heroes are priced at -110. The over/under has been set at 9. The starting pitchers will be Yu-sin Kim and Eric Jokisch.
As a squad, the Kia Tigers are earning 3.8 runs per contest, which is 10th in baseball. They have earned a total of 241 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .342. The Tigers have compiled 78 doubles as a team and have hit 21 balls out of the park. They have earned 234 runs batted in and 542 base knocks for the season, while their team batting average is sitting at .249. Kia has a slugging % of .326 and have struck out 415 times, while drawing a walk on 280 occasions.
Won-joon Choi is a hitter who can be a difference maker for Kia. In his career, Choi has hit 12 baseballs out of the park while knocking in 140 runs. For his time in baseball, he came to bat 1,500 times and also came through with a hit 387 times. Choi has hit .289 for his baseball career, in addition to 224 runs scored and an OPS of .737. His slugging percentage is .389 and he has a total of 521 bases. He has gone down on strikes 198 times and has been walked on 107 occasions, contributing to a .348 on-base percentage.
The Kia Tigers have 1,706 putouts on the year, as well as 631 assists and 42 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .982 which puts them in 5th in the league and they have turned 59 double plays. The Tigers have stolen 47 bases and have been caught 16 times, which means their caught stealing percentage comes in at 25.4%.
The Tigers hold a team ERA of 5.43 this season (9th in the league), and they have rung up 431 hitters. Kia has conceded 589 base knocks (9.3 per 9 innings) in addition to 343 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.32 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.61. Tigers pitchers have conceded 62 long balls in addition to 364 total runs (2nd in the league).
Kim (0-5 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 8.82 while going up against 225 opposing hitters in baseball. He has surrendered 53 base knocks (9.5 hits per nine innings) and has 30 free passes. His ERA is 8.64 (48 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.660. Kim has taken the hill for 50 frames and has tallied 25 punch outs in his pro baseball career.
The Kiwoom Heroes hold an OBP of .351 as well as a batting average of .256 so far this season. They have struck out on 523 occasions (2nd in the league) and have tallied 596 hits. Kiwoom has accumulated 43 home runs on the year in addition to 318 runs batted in. The Heroes hold a slugging % of .378 and they are earning 5.04 runs per outing (7th in KBO). They have 125 doubles, while walking 313 times as well as putting up 343 runs.
Hye-seong Kim is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Kiwoom. Kim has tallied a walk 139 times while going down on strikes on 356 tries. He has a total of 267 runs and has 172 runs batted in. His on-base rate is .338 and he has earned a career OPS of .713. He has homered 15 times, with 588 total bases and also a .375 slugging percentage. Over the course of the 1,567 at-bats in his baseball career, Kim has hit .278 in addition to having 436 hits.
The Kiwoom Heroes have turned 75 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .979 (7th in Korean baseball). The Heroes have accrued 713 assists, 54 errors and have earned a total of 1,814 putouts during this campaign. Of their 54 attempts at swiping a bag, they have made it 38 times and been caught 16 times (29.6% caught stealing rate).
The Heroes hold a team WHIP of 1.483 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.76 as a squad on the season. They come in at 3rd in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 614. The Kiwoom pitching staff have surrendered 320 runs on the campaign and come in with a team ERA of 4.17 (280 earned runs surrendered). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 1.64 (462 strikeouts vs 282 bases on balls). They have allowed 59 dingers and they relinquish 4.76 runs per 9 innings (4th in KBO).
So far in his career, Jokisch has given up 1,489 hits while he has tallied 1,183 punch outs in 1,520 frames. He has conceded a total of 573 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.259 and a FIP of 4.0. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.78 and he has faced 6,369 opposing batters in his pro baseball career. Jokisch (97-81 career mark) has earned a 3.39 ERA while surrendering 8.8 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kia (+105)
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