Kia Tigers vs Lotte Giants Prediction, 5/6/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs Lotte Giants
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Location: Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (+105) Lotte (-125)
Sajik Baseball Stadium is the site where Enderson Franco and the Lotte Giants (10-15, 10th in KBO) will take on the Kia Tigers (12-13, 6th in KBO) on Thursday. The line on this contest has the Tigers priced at +105 and the Giants are at -125. The total has been set at 9.5. The starting pitchers will be Eui Lee Lee and Enderson Franco.
Kia has a slugging % of .310 and have been called out on strikes 176 times, while being walked on 114 occasions. They have amassed 95 RBI's as well as 209 base knocks so far this year, and their batting average sits at .241. The Tigers have accumulated 33 doubles as a squad and have hit 5 balls out of the park. They have accumulated 97 runs and hold an OBP of .335. As a team, the Kia Tigers are scoring 3.9 runs per contest, which puts them at 9th in the league.
Won-joon Choi is a hitter who should impact this game for Kia. For his career, Choi has hit 11 balls out of the park while knocking in 128 runs. He has compiled a slugging percentage of .385 and he has totaled 454 bases. In his time spent in pro baseball, he came to bat 1,318 times and came through with a base base hit 335 times. He has been struck out 185 times and has gotten a free base on 88 occasions, contributing to a .339 on-base percentage. Choi has accrued an average at the plate of .284 for his baseball career, with 202 scored runs and an OPS of .724.
The Kia Tigers are sitting with 692 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 242 assists and 11 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .988 which ranks 1st in Korean baseball and have 20 double plays. The Tigers have stolen 20 bases and have been thrown out 6 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage is 23.1%.
The Tigers are sitting with a team ERA of 4.69 so far this season (7th in KBO), and the staff has rung up 184 hitters. Tigers pitchers have given up 20 long balls and also 129 total runs (4th in baseball). Kia has allowed 218 base hits (8.5 per 9 innings) as well as 120 earned runs. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 1.39 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.52.
Lee (1-0 career record) holds a FIP of 2.42 and he has gone up against 86 opposing batters in baseball. He has conceded 12 base knocks (4.8 hits per nine innings) with 9 walks. His ERA is 2.42 (6 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 0.940. Lee has thrown 22 frames and has accumulated 25 punch outs in his career.
The Lotte Giants have compiled a team OBP of .364 in addition to a batting average of .268 for the season. They have been called out on strikes on 187 instances (4th in baseball) and have earned 237 hits. Lotte has recorded 20 home runs for the year as well as 124 runs batted in. The Giants have a slugging percentage of .393 and they average 5.08 runs per contest (5th in the league). They have hit 48 doubles, while walking 126 times as well as notching 127 runs.
Chi-hong Ahn is a hitter who should impact this game for Lotte. Ahn has drawn a walk 416 times while fanning on 702 tries. He has scored 657 runs and has 658 RBIs. His on-base % is .362 and he also has a career OPS of .800. He has homered 110 times, in addition to having 1,946 total bases and a .438 slugging percentage. Over the course of the 4,438 official at-bats in his career, Ahn has hit .298 in addition to 1,324 base knocks.
Out of their 35 attempts at stealing a base, they have had success 25 times and been caught 10 times (28.6% caught stealing percentage). The Lotte Giants have turned 19 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .981 (4th in Korean baseball). The Giants have 260 assists, 18 errors and have amassed 673 putouts on the campaign.
The Lotte pitching staff have surrendered 143 runs so far this season while having an ERA of 5.34 (133 earned runs conceded). They have conceded 24 long balls and they give up 5.74 runs per 9 innings (8th in the league). The Giants are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.593 in addition to having a FIP of 5.74 as a squad over the course of the season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.58 (191 strikeouts vs 121 walks). They rank 3rd in KBO as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 236.
So far in his pro career, Franco has surrendered 1,110 base knocks and he has 758 strikeouts in 998 innings. He has allowed a total of 493 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.418 and a FIP of 5.1. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.48 and he has gone up against 4,362 batters so far in his career. Franco (50-61 win-loss mark in his career) has a 4.44 ERA while allowing 10.0 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kia (+105)
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