KT Wiz vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 7/9/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: KT Wiz vs Kia Tigers
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: KT (-129) Kia (+109)
William Cuevas and the KT Wiz (44-28, 1st in KBO) are headed to Gwangju Kia Champions Field on Friday where they'll take on the Kia Tigers (28-43, 9th in KBO). The Tigers open this matchup at +109 while the Wiz are coming in at -129. The over/under is set at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound are William Cuevas and Aaron Brooks.
The Wiz have hit 114 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 58 balls out of the stadium. KT has a slugging rate of .395 and have been rung up 530 times, while getting the free base on 343 occasions. As a team, the KT Wiz are recording 5.5 runs/g, which has them sitting at 2nd in the league. They have 371 RBI's and 659 hits for the year, and their team batting average is sitting at .271. They have notched a total of 399 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .366.
Baek-ho Kang is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for KT. For his pro baseball career, Kang has slapped 74 baseballs out of the park while knocking in 297 runs. Over the course of his time in the league, he came to the plate 1,981 times and has delivered a hit 568 times. Kang has accumulated a batting average of .329 for his time in baseball, in addition to 319 runs scored and an OPS of .939. He has accumulated a slugging percentage of .530 in addition to having tallied 914 bases. He has struck out 346 times and earned a walk on 233 occasions, which has contributed to a .409 OBP.
The Wiz have stolen 45 bases and have been caught 14 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage is 23.7%. The KT Wiz have a total of 1,918 putouts on the year, in addition to 752 assists and 55 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .980 which has them ranked 7th in Korean baseball and have a total of 65 double plays.
The Wiz have compiled a team earned run average of 4.13 on the year (2nd in KBO), and the staff has rung up 540 batters. KT has conceded 615 base knocks (8.7 per 9 innings) as well as 293 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.91 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.40. Wiz pitchers have surrendered 49 home runs and also 330 runs (9th in KBO).
Cuevas has taken the mound for 1,484 frames and is sitting with 1,193 punch outs thus far in his career. Cuevas (92-80 career win-loss record) has a FIP of 4.31 and he has gone up against 6,249 opposing hitters in baseball. His ERA is 3.86 (636 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.244. He has conceded 1,358 base hits (8.2 hits per nine innings) with 489 walks.
The Tigers hold a slugging percentage of .333 and they earn 3.87 runs per outing (10th in KBO). They have 87 two-baggers, while taking a walk 307 times as well as putting up 275 runs. Kia is sitting with 29 home runs this season as well as 267 runs batted in. They have struck out on 455 occasions (9th in KBO) and have a total of 601 base hits. The Kia Tigers have compiled an on-base percentage of .341 as well as a team batting average of .250 so far this season.
Seon-bin Kim is a batter who should impact this game for Kia. Kim has drawn a free base 427 times while fanning on 397 plate appearances. He has compiled 569 runs in addition to having earned 425 runs batted in. His on-base percentage is .374 and he has a career OPS of .751. He has hit it out of the park 26 times, in addition to having 1,434 total bases and a .377 slugging percentage. Over the course of the 3,801 official at-bats in his baseball career, Kim has recorded a batting average of .302 with 1,149 hits.
The Kia Tigers have turned 64 double plays and have a fielding rate of .983 (2nd in Korean baseball). The Tigers have racked up 679 assists, 44 errors and have 1,887 putouts for the season. In their 67 attempts at stealing a base, they have made it 50 times and been caught 17 times (25.4% caught stealing rate).
The Tigers hold a team WHIP of 1.618 in addition to having a FIP of 5.79 as a pitching staff this year. Their K/BB ratio is 1.34 (481 strikeouts against 360 free passes). They come in at 7th in KBO as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 658. They have yielded 72 homers and they concede 5.79 runs per 9 innings (9th in KBO). The Kia pitching staff have yielded 405 runs on the season while having an ERA of 5.48 (383 earned runs relinquished).
In his pro baseball career, Brooks has surrendered 1,469 hits while tallying 999 punch outs in 1,307 innings. Brooks (83-69 career mark) has a 4.44 earned run average while conceding 10.1 hits per nine innings. He has conceded 645 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.319 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.8. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.90 and he has faced 5,522 opposing hitters during his career.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kia (+109)
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