Kia Tigers vs NC Dinos Prediction, 10/23/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs NC Dinos
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Changwon NC Park in Changwon, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (+108) NC (-142)
Drew Rucinski and the NC Dinos (63-63, 7th in KBO) host the Kia Tigers (54-72, 9th in KBO) at Changwon NC Park on Saturday. The Dinos open this matchup at -142 while the Tigers are coming in at +108. The O/U has been set at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Joong Hyun Yoon and Drew Rucinski.
Kia is slugging .336 and have struck out 851 times, while being walked on 568 occasions. They have accrued 518 RBI's as well as 1,129 base knocks this year, while their batting average is sitting at .248. The Tigers have earned 175 doubles as a unit and have hit 62 balls out of the stadium. They have earned 539 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .338. As a team, the Kia Tigers are recording 4.0 runs per outing, which puts them at 10th in KBO.
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Tae-Jin Kim is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Kia. For his professional baseball career, Kim has drilled 7 balls out of the park while driving in 85 runs. Over the course of his time in the league, he approached the plate 832 times and came through with a base hit 217 times. Kim has an average at the plate of .282 for his baseball career, with 91 scored runs and an OPS of .692. His slugging percentage sits at .369 and he has a total of 284 bases. He has struck out 133 times and earned a walk on 42 occasions, contributing to a .317 OBP.
The Tigers have swiped 87 bases and have been caught 43 times, which means their caught stealing percentage sits at 33.1%. The Kia Tigers have earned a total of 3,597 putouts thus far, in addition to 1,289 assists and 103 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .979 which has them sitting 6th in the league and have accumulated 131 double plays.
The Tigers have an earned run average of 4.96 so far this season (9th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 906 hitters. Kia has surrendered 1,215 base hits (9.1 per 9 innings) and 661 earned runs. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.52 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.51. Tigers pitchers have allowed 126 home runs and also 714 total runs (2nd in the league).
Yoon has thrown 72 innings and has tallied 29 K's in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.48 (28 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.424. He has allowed 75 base knocks (9.3 hits per nine innings) with 28 walks. Yoon (4-5 career mark) has earned a FIP of 4.11 while he has gone up against 321 hitters during his time in baseball.
The Dinos have a SLG% of .421 and they earn 4.93 runs per game (7th in baseball). They have 193 two-baggers, while walking 486 times and putting up 661 runs. NC has accounted for 162 long balls this season in addition to 631 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 1,007 instances (3rd in KBO) and have notched a total of 1,166 base hits. The NC Dinos have earned an on-base percentage of .345 in addition to a batting average of .261 for the season.
Ui-ji Yang is a hitter you are going to want to keep your eye on for NC. Yang has recorded a free base 506 times while being called out on strikes on 594 attempts. His on-base percentage sits at .390 and he is the owner of a lifetime OPS of .895. Over the course of the 4,574 at-bats in his baseball career, Yang has a batting average of .309 with 1,415 base knocks. He has amassed 699 runs and has 843 runs batted in. He has homered 206 times, with 2,312 bases in total and a .505 slugging percentage.
The NC Dinos have turned 99 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .978 (8th in KBO). The Dinos have 1,196 assists, 105 errors and have earned 3,503 putouts over the course of the season. Out of their 116 chances at stealing a base, they have made it 76 times and been caught 40 times (34.5% caught stealing percentage).
The Dinos hold a team WHIP of 1.475 in addition to having a FIP of 5.02 as a staff so far this year. They rank 7th in KBO as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 1,168. The NC pitching staff have relinquished 651 runs so far this season and come in with a team ERA of 4.54 (589 earned runs conceded). Their K/BB ratio sits at 1.76 (975 strikeouts against 554 free passes). They have allowed 117 home runs and they surrender 5.02 runs per 9 innings (5th in KBO).
So far in his pro baseball career, Rucinski has surrendered 1,438 hits while earning 1,227 strikeouts in 1,441 innings pitched. Rucinski (92-78 win-loss record in his career) has a 3.66 earned run average and has surrendered 9.0 hits per nine innings. He has allowed 586 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.282 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.2. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.00 and he has faced 5,751 hitters during his career.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kia (+108)
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