Kia Tigers vs Samsung Lions Prediction, 9/16/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs Samsung Lions
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Location: Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (+108) Samsung (-133)
Ki-Yeong Lim and the Kia Tigers (38-57, 9th in KBO) go to Daegu Samsung Lions Park on Thursday where they'll meet the Samsung Lions (58-45, 2nd in KBO). The Lions open this matchup at -133 while the Tigers are priced at +108. The O/U opens at 9.5. The starting pitchers are Ki-Yeong Lim and Jeong-hyeon Paek.
As a squad, the Kia Tigers are knocking in 3.9 runs per game, which ranks them 10th in the league. They are sitting with 392 runs scored while having a team OBP of .336. The Tigers have recorded 128 doubles as a team and have hit 46 balls out of the stadium. They have accrued 377 RBI's in addition to 831 base knocks on the season, while their batting average is sitting at .245. Kia has a slugging percentage of .333 and have been called out on strikes 639 times, while drawing a walk on 426 occasions.
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Tae-Jin Kim is a hitter who can be a difference maker for Kia. In his career, Kim has hit 6 baseballs out of the park while knocking in 76 runs. Over the course of his time in the league, he stepped up to bat 778 times and has delivered with a base knock 203 times. Kim has hit .282 in his time in baseball, with 85 runs scored and an OPS of .721. His slugging percentage is .365 in addition to racking up 263 bases. He has gone down on strikes 120 times and earned a walk on 39 attempts at the plate, which contributes in part to a .317 OBP.
The Kia Tigers have a tally of 2,682 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 949 assists and 68 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .982 which puts them in 5th in KBO and they have twisted 91 double plays. The Tigers have swiped 66 bases and have been gunned down 28 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage is 29.8%.
They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 1.44 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.55. Tigers pitchers have surrendered 107 home runs in addition to 553 runs in total (4th in the league). Kia has allowed 915 hits (9.2 per 9 innings) and 525 earned runs. The Tigers have an ERA of 5.29 this year (10th in baseball), and the staff has struck out 676 batters.
Lim has pitched in 563 frames and is sitting with 419 strikeouts during his career. Lim (31-39 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 5.60 while he has gone up against 2,513 opposing batters during his time in baseball. His ERA is 5.12 (320 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.526. He has surrendered 695 base hits (11.1 hits per nine innings) and has had 164 free passes.
The Lions hold a team SLG% of .406 and they average 5.12 runs per contest (5th in KBO). They have 154 two-baggers, while getting a free base 423 times as well as notching 563 runs. Samsung is sitting with 106 long balls on the campaign as well as 527 runs batted in. They have struck out on 689 occasions (8th in the league) and have earned a total of 1,006 base hits. The Samsung Lions have tallied an OBP of .348 and a team batting average of .271 for the season.
Jose Pirela is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Samsung. Pirela has tallied a walk 629 times while fanning on 1,140 plate appearances. His on-base percentage sits at .346 and he also has a has a OPS in his career of .773. During the 7,071 official at-bats in his career, Pirela has hit .282 in addition to having 1,996 base hits. He has accounted for 1,116 runs and notched 883 RBIs. He has gone yard 164 times, as well as 3,018 total bases and a .427 slugging percentage.
The Samsung Lions have turned 98 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .982 (4th in Korean baseball). The Lions have 1,024 assists, 71 errors and have earned 2,892 putouts for the year. In their 71 chances at swiping a bag, they have made it 49 times and been caught 22 times (31.0% caught stealing percentage).
The Lions are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.435 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.60 as a squad for the year. They rank 1st in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 972. The Samsung pitching staff have allowed 493 runs so far this season while holding an ERA of 4.20 (450 earned runs surrendered). Their K/BB ratio sits at 1.95 (802 strikeouts against 411 walks). They have relinquished 104 dingers and they relinquish 4.60 runs per 9 innings (3rd in KBO).
So far in his career, Paek has surrendered 855 base hits and he has 652 punch outs in 803 innings pitched. He has surrendered 407 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.461 and having a FIP of 5.0. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.04 and he has faced 3,525 hitters during his career. Paek (47-38 career mark) holds a 4.56 earned run average while allowing 9.6 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kia (+108)
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