Kia Tigers vs Lotte Giants Prediction, 5/5/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs Lotte Giants
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Location: Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (+145) Lotte (-170)
Eui Lee Lee and the Kia Tigers (12-13, 6th in KBO) head to Sajik Baseball Stadium on Wednesday where they'll take on the Lotte Giants (10-15, 10th in KBO). The line on this game has the Tigers coming in at +145 and the Giants are at -170. The total opens at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Eui Lee Lee and Dan Straily.
Kia has a slugging rate of .310 and have struck out 176 times, while drawing a walk on 114 occasions. They have compiled 95 runs batted in and 209 hits this season, while their average at the plate is .241. The Tigers have compiled 33 doubles as a team and have hit 5 balls out of the park. They have a total of 97 runs while holding a team OBP of .335. As a squad, the Kia Tigers are putting up 3.9 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 9th in the league.
Seon-bin Kim is a hitter who can be a difference maker for Kia. Kim has accumulated a batting average of .303 for his career, in addition to 551 scored runs and an OPS of .751. He has struck out 388 times and earned a walk on 407 occasions, which has contributed to a .374 on-base percentage. For his professional baseball career, Kim has slapped 24 balls out of the park while knocking in 401 runs. He has accumulated a slugging percentage of .377 and he has a total of 1,373 bases. In his time spent in pro baseball, he stepped up to bat 4,218 times and also came through with a hit 1,103 times.
The Tigers have swiped 20 bases and have been caught 6 times, which means their caught stealing rate is 23.1%. The Kia Tigers have a total of 692 putouts thus far, as well as 242 assists and 11 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .988 which has them sitting 1st in the league and have earned 20 double plays.
The Tigers have an earned run average of 4.69 over the course of the season (7th in the league), and the staff has rung up 184 hitters. Kia has surrendered 218 hits (8.5 per 9 innings) as well as 120 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.39 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.52. Tigers pitchers have allowed 20 home runs in addition to 129 runs (4th in baseball).
Lee has taken the mound for 22 innings and has accounted for 25 strikeouts so far in his career. Lee (1-0 career record) has a FIP of 2.42 while he has gone up against 86 hitters during his time in baseball. His earned run average is 2.42 (6 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 0.940. He has given up 12 hits (4.8 hits per nine innings) and has 9 free passes.
Lotte has a total of 20 HRs this year in addition to 124 RBIs. They have 48 doubles, while taking a walk 126 times and putting up 127 runs. The Lotte Giants have earned a team OBP of .364 as well as a team batting average of .268 this year. The Giants hold a team SLG% of .393 and they average 5.08 runs per outing (5th in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 187 instances (4th in baseball) and have earned a total of 237 base hits.
Jun-woo Jeon is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Lotte. Jeon has recorded a free base 431 times while going down on strikes on 802 chances. His on-base percentage sits at .360 and he is the owner of a career OPS of .824. For the 4,618 official at-bats in his pro career, Jeon has accrued an average at the plate of .292 in addition to having 1,350 base knocks. He has recorded 768 runs in addition to having earned 665 RBIs. He has gone yard 162 times, with 2,141 total bases and also a .464 slugging percentage.
The Lotte Giants have turned 19 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .981 (4th in Korean baseball). The Giants have accrued 260 assists, 18 errors and have notched a total of 673 putouts during this campaign. In their 35 attempts at getting a steal, they have had success 25 times and been caught 10 times (28.6% caught stealing rate).
The Giants have a team WHIP of 1.593 in addition to having a FIP of 5.74 as a pitching staff on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 1.58 (191 strikeouts against 121 bases on balls). They rank 3rd in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 236. They have conceded 24 dingers and they allow 5.74 runs per 9 innings (8th in baseball). The Lotte pitching staff have given up 143 runs on the year while having a team ERA of 5.34 (133 earned runs surrendered).
So far in his pro career, Straily has allowed 1,754 hits while he has totaled 1,830 punch outs in 1,896 innings pitched. Straily (123-95 win-loss mark in his career) has a 4.02 earned run average while surrendering 8.3 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 848 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.259 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.4. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.89 and he has gone up against 8,001 batters in his career.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kia (+145)
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