Kia Tigers vs Samsung Lions Prediction, 6/8/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs Samsung Lions
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Location: Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (+106) Samsung (-147)
Jeong-hyeon Paek and the Samsung Lions (29-23, 3rd in KBO) host the Kia Tigers (21-29, 8th in KBO) at Daegu Samsung Lions Park on Tuesday. The Tigers open this game at +106 while the Lions are coming in at -147. The over/under opens at 10.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Eui Lee Lee and Jeong-hyeon Paek.
The Tigers have tallied 64 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 16 balls out of the stadium. Kia is slugging .331 and have been called out on strikes 330 times, while drawing a walk on 229 occasions. As a squad, the Kia Tigers are notching 4.1 runs per outing, which is 10th in KBO. They have compiled 198 runs batted in in addition to 439 hits for the year, and their team batting average sits at .256. They have earned 204 runs and have an OBP of .351.
Preston Tucker is a hitter you are going to want to keep your eye on for Kia. In his career, Tucker has hit 199 baseballs out of the park while driving in 804 runs. In his time in the Majors, he came to the plate 5,139 times and has come through with a base hit 1,275 times. Tucker has hit .279 for his baseball career, in addition to 720 runs scored and an OPS of .833. His career slugging percentage is .481 in addition to earning 2,195 bases. He has been struck out 779 times and has been walked on 484 occasions, contributing to a .352 on-base percentage.
The Tigers have swiped 39 bases and have been gunned down 16 times, which means their caught stealing percentage sits at 29.1%. The Kia Tigers have 1,352 putouts this year, in addition to 499 assists and 34 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .982 which ranks 3rd in Korean baseball and have a total of 48 double plays.
The Tigers have a team ERA of 5.44 so far this year (10th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 348 batters. Kia has surrendered 472 base knocks (9.4 per 9 innings) and 272 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 1.38 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.61. Tigers pitchers have surrendered 48 long balls and 290 runs in total (2nd in the league).
Lee has taken the mound for 44 frames and has racked up 49 punch outs thus far in his career. Lee (2-1 win-loss mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 4.91 while he has gone up against 188 hitters in baseball. His earned run average is 4.30 (21 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.364. He has allowed 34 base knocks (7.0 hits per 9 innings) and has had 26 walks.
The Samsung Lions have accounted for a team OBP of .350 as well as a team batting average of .274 this year. They have been rung up on 329 occasions (9th in KBO) and have tallied 482 base hits. Samsung is sitting with 48 home runs so far this season as well as 243 runs batted in. The Lions have a team SLG% of .408 and they tally 5.04 runs per outing (6th in the league). They have 78 two-baggers, while walking 203 times and putting up 262 runs.
Hae-Min Park is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Samsung. For the 3,712 at-bats in his baseball career, Park has accrued an average at the plate of .287 in addition to having 1,064 base hits. He has hit the long ball 40 times, with 1,446 total bases and a .390 slugging percentage. Park has drawn a walk 371 times while fanning on 622 attempts. He has a total of 659 runs in addition to having 385 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .352 and he has earned a lifetime OPS of .742.
The Samsung Lions have turned 40 double plays and have a fielding rate of .983 (1st in Korean baseball). The Lions have racked up 463 assists, 32 errors and have a tally of 1,371 putouts on the campaign. In their 36 tries at swiping a bag, they have been successful 23 times and been caught 13 times (36.1% caught stealing rate).
The Lions have a team WHIP of 1.486 and have a FIP of 4.81 as a squad on the campaign. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 1.96 (397 strikeouts against 203 free passes). They are currently ranked 4th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 476. They have given up 52 long balls and they allow 4.81 runs per 9 innings (3rd in baseball). The Samsung pitching staff have surrendered 244 runs this season while holding an ERA of 4.29 (218 earned runs yielded).
In his pro career, Paek has allowed 793 base hits while he has earned 603 K's in 730 frames. He has conceded 391 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.489 and having a FIP of 5.3. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.04 and he has gone up against 3,232 batters during his pro baseball career. Paek (40-38 career mark) has a 4.82 ERA and has conceded 9.8 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kia (+106)
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