KT Wiz vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 5/30/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: KT Wiz vs Kia Tigers
Date: Sunday, May 30, 2021
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
TV: SBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: KT (-117) Kia (+107)
Odrisamer Despaigne and the KT Wiz (23-19, 3rd in KBO) are headed to Gwangju Kia Champions Field on Sunday where they'll take on the Kia Tigers (18-24, 8th in KBO). The line on this contest has the Wiz coming in at -117 and the Tigers are at +107. The over/under opens at 10. The pitchers taking the mound are Odrisamer Despaigne and Yu-sin Kim.
The Wiz have earned 70 doubles as a squad and have hit 29 balls out of the stadium. KT has a slugging % of .395 and have struck out 327 times, while taking a walk on 217 occasions. As a unit, the KT Wiz are compiling 5.6 runs per contest, which is 3rd in KBO. They have 217 runs batted in as well as 403 base knocks on the campaign, and their team batting average sits at .279. They have accounted for 234 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .378.
Jeong-dae Bae is a batter who should be able to impact this game for KT. In his career, Bae has hit 16 baseballs out of the park while driving in 96 runs. In his time spent in pro baseball, he came to the plate 1,014 times and has delivered with a hit 237 times. Bae has accumulated a batting average of .269 for his career, in addition to 153 scored runs and an OPS of .729. He has amassed a slugging percentage of .375 and he has a total of 331 bases. He has fanned 242 times and has taken a walk on 108 at-bats, which contributes in part to a .354 on-base percentage.
The Wiz have swiped 32 bags and have been caught 12 times, which shows us their caught stealing percentage comes in at 27.3%. The KT Wiz have a total of 1,116 putouts on the year, in addition to 449 assists and 40 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .975 which has them sitting 9th in KBO and have earned 36 double plays.
The Wiz are sitting with a team ERA of 4.19 so far this year (3rd in the league), and their staff has struck out 306 hitters. Wiz pitchers have surrendered 29 home runs in addition to 199 total runs (8th in baseball). KT has allowed 361 base hits (8.7 per 9 innings) as well as 173 earned runs. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 1.76 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.44.
Despaigne (105-108 career win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 4.54 and he has faced 8,255 opposing hitters during his time in baseball. He has conceded 1,945 hits (9.2 hits per 9 innings) and has 725 free passes. His earned run average is 4.05 (854 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.408. Despaigne has thrown 1,896 frames and has racked up 1,403 punch outs in his pro baseball career.
Kia has accounted for 16 home runs this season to go along with 172 RBIs. They have recorded 53 doubles, while taking a walk 185 times as well as scoring 177 runs. The Kia Tigers have recorded an OBP of .348 in addition to a batting average of .256 on the campaign. The Tigers have a slugging percentage of .338 and they earn 4.21 runs per game (10th in the league). They have been rung up on 282 instances (7th in baseball) and have earned 371 base knocks.
Won-joon Choi is a batter who should impact this game for Kia. Choi has drawn a free base 93 times while being called out on strikes on 191 plate appearances. He has tallied 215 runs in addition to having 133 RBIs. His OBP comes in at .346 and he has earned a career OPS of .739. He has homered 12 times, with 492 total bases and also a .393 slugging percentage. Over the course of the 1,253 at-bats in his pro career, Choi has an average at the plate of .291 with 365 hits.
In their 46 attempts at stealing a base, they have had success 35 times and been caught 11 times (23.9% caught stealing rate). The Kia Tigers have turned 41 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .982 (1st in KBO). The Tigers have recorded 423 assists, 28 errors and have 1,136 putouts this season.
The Tigers hold a team WHIP of 1.623 in addition to having a FIP of 5.70 as a unit so far this year. They rank 5th in KBO as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 398. The Kia pitching staff have allowed 240 runs for the year while having an ERA of 5.31 (223 earned runs surrendered). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.33 (288 strikeouts against 216 walks). They have given up 39 HR's and they concede 5.70 runs per 9 innings (9th in baseball).
During his career, Kim has allowed 34 hits while earning 18 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched. Kim (0-3 career win-loss record) holds a 8.33 earned run average and has given up 8.6 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed a total of 33 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.542 and being the owner of a FIP of 8.6. His K/BB ratio is 0.86 and he has gone up against 157 opposing batters during his career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take KT (-117)
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