KT Wiz vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 5/5/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: KT Wiz vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
TV: KBS N Sports
Odds/Point Spread: KT (-145) Kiwoom (+125)
William Cuevas and the KT Wiz (15-10, 2nd in KBO) go to Gocheok Sky Dome on Wednesday where they'll meet the Kiwoom Heroes (11-15, 9th in KBO). The Wiz open this matchup at -145 while the Heroes are priced at +125. The over/under has been set at 10. The pitchers who are expected to start are William Cuevas and Hyun-Hee Han.
KT is slugging .401 and have been rung up 175 times, while drawing a walk on 136 occasions. They have compiled 139 RBI's in addition to 256 hits for the season, while their average at the plate sits at .297. The Wiz have hit 38 two-baggers as a unit and have knocked 14 balls out of the stadium. They have accumulated 152 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .395. As a team, the KT Wiz are knocking in 6.1 runs per game, which is 1st in KBO.
Baek-ho Kang is a batter who can be a difference maker for KT. For his pro baseball career, Kang has slapped 67 balls out of the park while knocking in 263 runs. In his time spent in pro baseball, he came to the plate 1,778 times and has reached base with a hit 506 times. Kang has accrued an average at the plate of .324 in his time in baseball, in addition to 286 scored runs and an OPS of .922. He has accumulated a slugging percentage of .524 in addition to racking up 819 bases. He has gone down on strikes 315 times and has walked on 192 at-bats, which contributes in part to a .398 on-base percentage.
The Wiz have stolen 13 bags and have been gunned down 5 times, which means their caught stealing percentage is 27.8%. The KT Wiz have a total of 657 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 272 assists and 18 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .981 which puts them in 5th in KBO and they have twisted 23 double plays.
The Wiz have an ERA of 3.78 so far this year (2nd in baseball), and the staff has struck out 176 batters. Wiz pitchers have allowed 17 home runs and also 102 total runs (10th in KBO). KT has yielded 203 base knocks (8.3 per 9 innings) as well as 92 earned runs. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 1.89 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.35.
Cuevas has taken the hill for 1,433 innings and has totaled 1,144 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. Cuevas (88-78 record in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.24 while he has faced 6,014 batters in baseball. His earned run average is 3.79 (604 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.233. He has given up 1,306 base knocks (8.2 hits per nine innings) and has had 461 free passes.
The Heroes have a team slugging percentage of .349 and they score 4.62 runs per contest (7th in the league). They have notched 49 two-baggers, while taking a walk 118 times as well as putting up 120 runs. Kiwoom has 11 home runs on the campaign as well as 106 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 205 occasions (2nd in KBO) and have earned 219 hits. The Kiwoom Heroes hold an on-base percentage of .337 in addition to a team batting average of .244 for the year.
Jung-hoo Lee is one batter you are going to want to keep your eye on for Kiwoom. Lee has earned a walk 224 times while fanning on 222 tries. His on-base rate is .397 and he is the owner of a career OPS of .861. Over the course of the 2,230 official at-bats in his baseball career, Lee has recorded a batting average of .334 with 745 hits. He has accumulated 385 runs and has 288 RBIs. He has homered 29 times, with 1,034 bases in total and also a .464 slugging percentage.
The Kiwoom Heroes have twisted 30 double plays and have a fielding rate of .978 (8th in KBO). The Heroes have 290 assists, 23 errors and have accounted for 711 putouts on the season. Of their 21 chances at getting a steal, they have been successful 15 times and been caught 6 times (28.6% caught stealing rate).
The Kiwoom pitching staff have conceded 158 runs on the year while having an ERA of 5.39 (142 earned runs surrendered). They have surrendered 26 homers and they give up 6.00 runs per 9 innings (10th in KBO). The Heroes hold a team WHIP of 1.650 in addition to having a FIP of 6.00 as a staff for the season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.33 (167 strikeouts against 126 walks). They come in at 1st in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 265.
During his pro baseball career, Han has allowed 838 hits and he has 665 punch outs in 824 innings. Han (54-37 career record) holds a 4.27 earned run average and has surrendered 9.1 hits per 9 innings. He has conceded 391 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.319 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.6. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.67 and he has faced 3,573 batters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kiwoom (+125)
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