Kia Tigers vs LG Twins Prediction, 9/18/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs LG Twins
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, South Korea
TV: SBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (+124) LG (-166)
Joong Hyun Yoon and the Kia Tigers (40-58, 9th in KBO) head to Jamsil Baseball Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the LG Twins (56-44, 2nd in KBO). The Twins open this contest at -166 while the Tigers are coming in at +124. The O/U has been set at 9.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Joong Hyun Yoon and Woo Chan Lee.
The Tigers have hit 133 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 46 balls out of the park. Kia has a slugging % of .332 and have been called out on strikes 657 times, while being walked on 447 occasions. As a squad, the Kia Tigers are scoring 3.9 runs per outing, which ranks them 10th in the league. They have 389 RBI's in addition to 854 hits so far this year, while their batting average is .244. They have racked up 406 runs scored and hold an OBP of .336.
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Seon-bin Kim is a hitter who should impact this game for Kia. Kim has accrued an average at the plate of .301 for his career, with 583 runs scored and an OPS of .750. He has struck out 407 times and has been walked on 441 occasions, contributing to a .373 OBP. In his pro baseball career, Kim has slapped 27 baseballs out of the park while knocking in 432 runs. He has earned a slugging percentage of .377 and he has totaled 1,481 bases. In his time spent in pro baseball, he stepped up to the plate 4,538 times and has delivered with a base hit 1,182 times.
The Tigers have swiped 68 bases and have been thrown out 28 times, which shows us their caught stealing percentage is 29.2%. The Kia Tigers have a tally of 2,763 putouts thus far, in addition to 979 assists and 71 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .981 which is 5th in KBO and they have twisted 93 double plays.
They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 1.46 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.54. Tigers pitchers have yielded 109 long balls and 567 runs in total (4th in KBO). Kia has given up 945 base knocks (9.2 per 9 innings) in addition to 535 earned runs. The Tigers have a team ERA of 5.23 this year (9th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 697 batters.
Yoon (2-1 win-loss mark in his career) holds a FIP of 3.63 and he has gone up against 176 opposing hitters during his time in baseball. He has surrendered 40 base hits (9.1 hits per nine innings) and has had 18 walks. His earned run average is 3.18 (14 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.462. Yoon has taken the mound for 39 innings and has racked up 13 punch outs during his professional baseball career.
The LG Twins have recorded an on-base percentage of .345 and a batting average of .251 on the campaign. They have been called out on strikes on 643 occasions (10th in baseball) and have earned 861 hits. LG has 91 home runs for the year to go along with 446 runs batted in. The Twins have a team slugging % of .381 and they average 4.46 runs per outing (8th in baseball). They have 156 two-baggers, while getting a free base 446 times as well as scoring 464 runs.
Chang-ki Hong is a batter who should be able to impact this game for LG. Hong has drawn a walk 200 times while fanning on 209 occasions. His OBP sits at .433 and he is the owner of a lifetime OPS of .853. Over the course of the 955 at-bats in his pro career, Hong has accrued an average at the plate of .299 in addition to 286 base hits. He has accounted for 194 runs in addition to having 101 runs batted in. He has hit it out of the park 12 times, with 401 total bases and also a .420 slugging %.
The LG Twins have turned 114 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .983 (3rd in KBO). The Twins have accrued 1,108 assists, 66 errors and are sitting with 2,752 putouts this season. In their 104 tries at stealing a base, they have had success 74 times and been caught 30 times (28.8% caught stealing percentage).
The LG pitching staff have yielded 417 runs on the year while having a team ERA of 3.69 (376 earned runs conceded). They have conceded 59 HR's and they surrender 4.09 runs per 9 innings (1st in baseball). The Twins have a WHIP of 1.329 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.09 as a pitching staff on the season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 1.85 (741 strikeouts vs 400 free passes). They are sitting at 10th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 819.
During his pro baseball career, Lee has given up 115 base knocks while earning 79 strikeouts in 119 innings pitched. He has allowed 75 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.731 and being the owner of a FIP of 6.3. His K/BB ratio is 0.87 and he has faced 544 batters thus far in his career. Lee (5-4 record in his career) has earned a 5.67 ERA and has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kia (+124)
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