Kia Tigers vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 9/9/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (+202) Kiwoom (-285)
Gocheok Sky Dome is the venue where Eric Jokisch and the Kiwoom Heroes (52-49, 4th in KBO) will take on the Kia Tigers (37-52, 9th in KBO) on Thursday. The moneyline on this contest has the Tigers priced at +202 and the Heroes are at -285. The over/under opens at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Hyun-soo Kim and Eric Jokisch.
As a unit, the Kia Tigers are notching 3.9 runs per game, which is 10th in KBO. They have a total of 367 runs and hold an OBP of .335. The Tigers have hit 122 doubles as a squad and have knocked 41 balls out of the park. They have accrued 354 runs batted in in addition to 766 hits for the season, and their batting average sits at .243. Kia is slugging .331 and have struck out 602 times, while getting the free base on 406 occasions.
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Tae-Jin Kim is a batter who should impact this game for Kia. Kim has recorded a batting average of .278 in his time in baseball, with 83 scored runs and an OPS of .675. He has gone down on strikes 117 times and earned a walk on 39 occasions, contributing to a .315 on-base percentage. In his professional baseball career, Kim has hit 6 balls out of the park while driving in 75 runs. His career slugging percentage is .363 and he has a total of 251 bases. During his time in professional baseball, he came to the plate 748 times and has delivered with a base hit 192 times.
The Kia Tigers have a tally of 2,499 putouts for the season, as well as 898 assists and 62 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .982 which puts them in 5th in the league and they have twisted 88 double plays. The Tigers have stolen 62 bases and have been caught 25 times, which shows us their caught stealing percentage comes in at 28.7%.
The Tigers are sitting with a team ERA of 5.33 this year (10th in baseball), and the staff has rung up 626 batters. Kia has relinquished 848 hits (9.2 per 9 innings) and also 493 earned runs. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 1.39 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.56. Tigers pitchers have conceded 98 long balls and 517 total runs (4th in the league).
Kim has pitched in 73 innings and has tallied 44 punch outs in his career. His ERA is 7.00 (57 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.923. He has given up 82 base hits (10.1 hits per nine innings) and has 59 free passes. Kim (2-6 record in his career) holds a FIP of 7.49 and he has gone up against 358 hitters in baseball.
Kiwoom is sitting with 66 home runs for the year as well as 480 runs batted in. They have put up 173 doubles, while getting a free base 460 times as well as scoring 515 runs. The Kiwoom Heroes have compiled an OBP of .349 as well as a batting average of .255 for the season. The Heroes have a SLG% of .373 and they average 5.05 runs per game (7th in the league). They have struck out on 752 occasions (2nd in the league) and have earned 872 hits.
Dong Won Park is a hitter who can be a difference maker for Kiwoom. Over the course of the 2,375 at-bats in his pro career, Park has earned a batting average of .259 with 614 base hits. He has hit a home run 94 times, with 1,018 bases in total and a .429 slugging percentage. Park has tallied a free base 226 times while going down on strikes on 544 tries. He has accounted for 322 runs in addition to having earned 385 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .331 and he has earned a career OPS of .760.
The Kiwoom Heroes have turned 110 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .977 (10th in Korean baseball). The Heroes have 1,087 assists, 89 errors and have notched a total of 2,701 putouts this season. In their 82 attempts at swiping a bag, they have made it 56 times and been caught 26 times (31.7% caught stealing percentage).
The Kiwoom pitching staff have surrendered 474 runs on the season while holding an ERA of 4.13 (413 earned runs given up). They have surrendered 75 long balls and they allow 4.74 runs per 9 innings (4th in the league). The Heroes are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.437 in addition to having a FIP of 4.74 as a unit on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 1.62 (663 strikeouts vs 409 walks). They are currently ranked 5th in baseball as a staff in total hits allowed with 884.
Jokisch (101-84 career mark) is the owner of a 3.37 earned run average and has given up 8.8 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.77 and he has gone up against 6,557 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. He has allowed 587 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.254 and having a FIP of 4.0. In his pro career, Jokisch has allowed 1,528 base hits while totaling 1,215 K's in 1,568 innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kiwoom (-285)
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