KT Wiz vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 8/12/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: KT Wiz vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
TV: SBS SPORTS
Odds/Point Spread: KT (-112) Kiwoom (-117)
Hyeong Jun So and the KT Wiz (45-31, 1st in KBO) are headed to Gocheok Sky Dome on Thursday where they'll meet the Kiwoom Heroes (42-39, 5th in KBO). The Heroes open this matchup at -117 while the Wiz are coming in at -112. The O/U has been set at 9.5. The starting pitchers will be Hyeong Jun So and Dong Hyeok Kim.
As a unit, the KT Wiz are knocking in 5.4 runs per outing, which has them at 2nd in baseball. They have 407 runs scored and hold an OBP of .363. The Wiz have earned 117 doubles as a unit and have knocked 61 balls out of the stadium. They have 379 RBI's and 685 hits on the season, and their team batting average comes in at .268. KT has a slugging % of .391 and have been called out on strikes 559 times, while taking a walk on 358 occasions.
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Baek-ho Kang is a batter who can be a difference maker for KT. For his pro baseball career, Kang has hit 75 baseballs over the fence while knocking in 299 runs. He has earned a slugging percentage of .531 and he has a total of 924 bases. Over the course of his pro career, he faced a pitcher 1,997 times and came through with a base base knock 574 times. He has struck out 350 times and has taken a walk on 234 attempts at the plate, contributing to a .410 OBP. Kang has earned a batting average of .330 for his time in baseball, in addition to 320 runs scored and an OPS of .941.
The Wiz have swiped 47 bags and have been thrown out 14 times, which means their caught stealing percentage sits at 23.0%. The KT Wiz have accumulated 1,993 putouts so far this season, in addition to 778 assists and 57 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .980 which has them ranked 7th in the league and they have turned 68 double plays.
The Wiz have an ERA of 4.11 for the year (2nd in baseball), and the staff has struck out 574 batters. Wiz pitchers have allowed 51 home runs in addition to 347 runs in total (8th in KBO). KT has surrendered 645 base hits (8.6 per 9 innings) in addition to 307 earned runs. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 1.97 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.39.
So has taken the hill for 198 innings and has earned 140 K's during his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 4.18 (92 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.465. He has surrendered 212 base knocks (9.6 hits per nine innings) with 78 free passes. So (16-9 career record) sits with a FIP of 4.64 and he has faced 861 opposing batters during his time in baseball.
The Heroes have a team slugging % of .381 and they are earning 5.30 runs per outing (4th in the league). They hit 146 doubles, while getting a free base 386 times as well as recording 429 runs. Kiwoom has tallied 53 home runs this season as well as 400 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 614 occasions (2nd in the league) and have totaled 717 base knocks. The Kiwoom Heroes have tallied a team on-base percentage of .356 and a team batting average of .259 over the course of the season.
Jung-hoo Lee is a hitter who can be a difference maker for Kiwoom. In the 2,425 at-bats in his career, Lee has accrued an average at the plate of .337 in addition to having 818 base hits. He has hit it out of the park 32 times, as well as 1,145 bases in total and a .472 slugging percentage. Lee has earned a walk 257 times while going down on strikes on 234 chances. He has scored 424 runs and notched 321 runs batted in. His on-base percentage sits at .403 and he also has a career OPS of .875.
Of their 61 tries at getting a steal, they have been successful 41 times and been caught 20 times (32.8% caught stealing rate). The Kiwoom Heroes have turned 83 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .979 (10th in Korean baseball). The Heroes have recorded 851 assists, 64 errors and have 2,132 putouts for the year.
The Kiwoom pitching staff have relinquished 382 runs on the year while having an ERA of 4.13 (330 earned runs conceded). They have given up 66 homers and they surrender 4.78 runs per 9 innings (5th in KBO). The Heroes have a team WHIP of 1.447 with a FIP of 4.78 as a staff on the campaign. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.72 (558 strikeouts vs 325 free passes). They are sitting at 4th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 716.
So far in his pro career, Kim has given up 44 hits and he has 21 K's in 45 innings. Kim (0-1 career record) has a 3.60 earned run average and has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings. He has allowed 18 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.267 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.2. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.62 and he has faced 190 hitters in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take KT (-112)
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