KT Wiz vs Hanwha Eagles Prediction, 5/22/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: KT Wiz vs Hanwha Eagles
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Location: Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, South Korea
TV: SBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: KT (-104) Hanwha (-131)
Eric Jokisch and the KT Wiz (21-16, 2nd in KBO) go to Hanwha Life Eagles Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Hanwha Eagles (15-23, 9th in KBO). The odds on this game have the Wiz priced at -104 and the Eagles are at -131. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Eric Jokisch and Seung Gwan Lee.
The Wiz have tallied 61 doubles as a squad and have hit 26 balls out of the park. KT is slugging .408 and have been called out on strikes 281 times, while being walked on 186 occasions. As a team, the KT Wiz are notching 5.8 runs/g, which puts them at 2nd in the league. They have accounted for 199 runs batted in and 369 base knocks over the course of the season, while their batting average is sitting at .290. They have accumulated 215 runs scored and have an OBP of .385.
Jeong-dae Bae is a hitter who can be a difference maker for KT. For his career, Bae has slapped 16 balls out of the park while knocking in 94 runs. In his time in the Majors, he stepped up to bat 990 times and has delivered a base knock 233 times. Bae has recorded a batting average of .270 for his career, in addition to 151 scored runs and an OPS of .731. His slugging percentage is .378 and he has totaled 326 bases. He has struck out 235 times and has walked on 103 occasions, contributing to a .353 OBP.
The KT Wiz have amassed 975 putouts for the season, in addition to 402 assists and 34 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .976 which has them ranked 9th in Korean baseball and have a total of 33 double plays. The Wiz have stolen 27 bags and have been caught 8 times, which shows us their caught stealing rate is 22.9%.
They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 1.84 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.44. Wiz pitchers have allowed 26 long balls and 175 runs in total (8th in baseball). KT has conceded 327 base hits (9.1 per 9 innings) as well as 150 earned runs. The Wiz have compiled a team ERA of 4.15 on the season (3rd in KBO), and the staff has rung up 257 batters.
Jokisch has taken the mound for 1,484 frames and has earned 1,154 strikeouts in his career. Jokisch (93-80 career record) has a FIP of 4.04 while he has faced 6,228 hitters during his time in baseball. His earned run average is 3.44 (567 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.265. He has conceded 1,461 base knocks (8.9 hits per 9 innings) with 417 free passes.
The Hanwha Eagles have an OBP of .333 in addition to a batting average of .244 so far this season. They have been called out on strikes on 344 instances (1st in KBO) and have 309 base knocks. Hanwha has recorded 18 home runs on the year as well as 160 runs batted in. The Eagles hold a team SLG% of .341 and they tally 4.50 runs per game (8th in the league). They have recorded 61 doubles, while taking a walk 159 times as well as putting up 171 runs.
Joo-Suk Ha is a hitter who can be a difference maker for Hanwha. Ha has tallied a free base 110 times while fanning on 489 chances. His on-base rate is .316 and he holds a lifetime OPS of .698. For the 1,884 at-bats in his pro career, Ha is sitting with a batting avereage of .268 with 505 base hits. He is sitting with 262 runs and also has 223 runs batted in. He has homered 36 times, as well as 719 total bases and also a .382 slugging percentage.
The Hanwha Eagles have turned 29 double plays and have a fielding rate of .977 (8th in Korean baseball). The Eagles have 331 assists, 31 errors and have accumulated 996 putouts on the campaign. Out of their 37 tries at getting a steal, they have been successful 30 times and been caught 7 times (18.9% caught stealing rate).
The Eagles are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.512 with a FIP of 5.42 as a pitching staff so far this year. Their K/BB ratio sits at 1.36 (263 strikeouts vs 193 bases on balls). They have a ranking of 9th in KBO as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 309. They have yielded 35 HR's and they concede 5.42 runs per 9 innings (7th in the league). The Hanwha pitching staff have allowed 200 runs this season while holding a team ERA of 4.72 (174 earned runs yielded).
Lee (0-1 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 21.60 earned run average while allowing 27.0 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.00 and he has gone up against 12 hitters so far in his pro baseball career. He has surrendered a total of 4 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 4.200 and a FIP of 32.4. In his career, Lee has given up 5 base knocks while he has earned 2 punch outs in 1 frames.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Hanwha (-131)
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