Kia Tigers vs Samsung Lions Prediction, 5/21/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs Samsung Lions
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021
Location: Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (+123) Samsung (-163)
Chae-heung Choi and the Samsung Lions (22-16, 1st in KBO) host the Kia Tigers (15-21, 8th in KBO) at Daegu Samsung Lions Park on Friday. The Tigers open this game at +123 while the Lions are coming in at -163. The total has been set at 9.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Ki-Yeong Lim and Chae-heung Choi.
Kia owns a slugging percentage of .330 and have struck out 242 times, while drawing a walk on 162 occasions. They have compiled 143 runs batted in and 315 base knocks on the season, and their team batting average sits at .253. The Tigers have compiled 47 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 11 balls out of the park. They have tallied 147 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .347. As a team, the Kia Tigers are knocking in 4.1 runs per outing, which ranks them 10th in baseball.
Seon-bin Kim is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Kia. In his career, Kim has drilled 24 balls out of the park while driving in 406 runs. His slugging percentage is .377 in addition to racking up 1,385 bases. For his time in the league, he stepped into the batters box 4,259 times and has come through with a hit 1,113 times. He has struck out 391 times and has walked on 412 occasions, contributing to a .374 on-base percentage. Kim is sitting with a batting avereage of .303 for his career, with 557 scored runs and an OPS of .751.
The Kia Tigers have a tally of 980 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 364 assists and 22 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .984 which ranks 1st in KBO and have earned 36 double plays. The Tigers have stolen 32 bags and have been caught 10 times, which shows us their caught stealing percentage sits at 23.8%.
They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.33 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.64. Tigers pitchers have conceded 33 home runs and 207 runs in total (3rd in the league). Kia has given up 348 hits (9.6 per 9 innings) as well as 194 earned runs. The Tigers have an ERA of 5.35 for the year (9th in baseball), and they have rung up 248 batters.
Lim has thrown 486 frames and has earned 349 K's thus far in his career. Lim (29-34 career mark) has a FIP of 5.76 while facing 2,189 opposing hitters during his time in baseball. His ERA is 5.22 (282 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.565. He has conceded 617 base knocks (11.4 hits per nine innings) and has 144 walks.
The Lions hold a slugging % of .403 and they average 5.08 runs per contest (6th in the league). They have hit 56 doubles, while taking a walk 154 times and putting up 193 runs. Samsung has compiled 36 home runs for the year in addition to 179 runs batted in. They have struck out on 239 occasions (8th in the league) and have earned a total of 337 base hits. The Samsung Lions have compiled a team on-base percentage of .347 and a batting average of .266 for the year.
Ja-wook Koo is a hitter who can be a difference maker for Samsung. Koo has tallied a free base 317 times while going down on strikes on 600 occasions. He has accounted for 577 runs in addition to having earned 499 RBIs. His on-base percentage comes in at .386 and he has a lifetime OPS of .896. He has gone yard 101 times, with 1,501 total bases and also a .510 slugging percentage. During the 2,941 at-bats in his professional career, Koo has a batting average of .316 in addition to having 930 hits.
Out of their 27 attempts at swiping a bag, they got to the bag before the ball 18 times and been caught 9 times (33.3% caught stealing percentage). The Samsung Lions have turned 27 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .983 (2nd in the league). The Lions have recorded 323 assists, 23 errors and have 1,001 putouts on the campaign.
The Lions have a WHIP of 1.444 and have a FIP of 4.75 as a unit this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.13 (303 strikeouts against 142 free passes). They have a ranking of 5th in KBO as a staff in total hits conceded with 339. They have given up 33 home runs and they allow 4.75 runs per 9 innings (3rd in baseball). The Samsung pitching staff have surrendered 176 runs over the course of the season and come in with a team ERA of 4.16 (154 earned runs given up).
Choi (21-14 career record) holds a 4.18 ERA while giving up 9.2 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.38 and he has gone up against 1,261 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career. He has allowed 135 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.378 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.8. In his pro baseball career, Choi has allowed 298 base knocks while he has earned 243 strikeouts in 290 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kia (+123)
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