KT Wiz vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 9/2/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: KT Wiz vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: KT (-153) Kiwoom (+116)
Odrisamer Despaigne and the KT Wiz (55-37, 1st in KBO) head to Gocheok Sky Dome on Thursday where they'll meet the Kiwoom Heroes (49-47, 4th in KBO). The Heroes open this contest at +116 while the Wiz are coming in at -153. The over/under has been set at 9. The men taking the mound are Odrisamer Despaigne and Eric Jokisch.
As a squad, the KT Wiz are putting up 5.3 runs per game, which is 1st in the league. They have earned a total of 494 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .362. The Wiz have compiled 144 doubles as a squad and have smacked 75 balls out of the park. They have accumulated 461 runs batted in as well as 838 hits on the campaign, while their team batting average comes in at .269. KT is slugging .391 and have been called out on strikes 679 times, while being walked on 428 occasions.
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Baek-ho Kang is a batter who should be able to impact this game for KT. For his pro baseball career, Kang has drilled 78 baseballs over the fence while knocking in 314 runs. His career slugging percentage is .533 and he has racked up 961 bases. For his career, he came to the plate 2,072 times and has come through with a base hit 593 times. He has struck out 364 times and has been walked on 246 at-bats, contributing to a .410 on-base percentage. Kang has recorded a batting average of .329 for his career, in addition to 328 scored runs and an OPS of .943.
The Wiz have stolen 63 bags and have been caught 17 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage is 21.3%. The KT Wiz have notched a total of 2,458 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 949 assists and 72 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .979 which is 7th in KBO and have a total of 88 double plays.
Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.02 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.37. Wiz pitchers have surrendered 60 home runs and also 413 total runs (9th in baseball). KT has surrendered 774 base knocks (8.5 per 9 innings) in addition to 367 earned runs. The Wiz have compiled a team ERA of 4.03 on the season (2nd in the league), and their staff has rung up 703 batters.
Despaigne has taken the mound for 1,959 innings and is sitting with 1,475 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. Despaigne (109-112 career win-loss record) has earned a FIP of 4.56 while he has faced 8,541 hitters in baseball. His earned run average is 4.07 (886 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.410. He has surrendered 2,008 hits (9.2 hits per 9 innings) with 755 walks.
The Kiwoom Heroes have earned a team on-base percentage of .351 and a batting average of .256 this season. They have been called out on strikes on 721 occasions (2nd in KBO) and have accounted for 837 hits. Kiwoom has 63 HRs on the campaign as well as 460 RBIs. The Heroes have a team slugging % of .375 and they score 5.08 runs per contest (6th in baseball). They hit 167 doubles, while getting a free base 438 times as well as scoring 493 runs.
Yong-gyu Lee is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Kiwoom. Lee has recorded a free base 806 times while fanning on 661 tries. He has compiled 1,093 runs in addition to having earned 512 RBIs. His on-base percentage comes in at .385 and he is the owner of a career OPS of .754. He has homered 25 times, with 2,382 total bases and a .369 slugging %. Over the course of the 6,451 at-bats in his career, Lee has earned a batting average of .300 in addition to 1,935 base knocks.
In their 76 chances at swiping a bag, they have been successful 50 times and been caught 26 times (34.2% caught stealing percentage). The Kiwoom Heroes have turned 105 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .978 (10th in KBO). The Heroes have 1,044 assists, 80 errors and have accounted for 2,573 putouts this year.
The Heroes are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.437 and have a FIP of 4.68 as a team this season. They rank 5th in KBO as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 843. The Kiwoom pitching staff have surrendered 446 runs on the campaign while holding an ERA of 4.09 (390 earned runs relinquished). They have earned a K/BB ratio of 1.63 (635 strikeouts against 389 walks). They have surrendered 73 long balls and they concede 4.68 runs per 9 innings (3rd in baseball).
Jokisch (101-83 career record) is the owner of a 3.37 earned run average and has surrendered 8.8 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.76 and he has faced 6,535 batters thus far in his career. He has given up a total of 585 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.254 and a FIP of 4.0. During his career, Jokisch has surrendered 1,522 base knocks while he has earned 1,211 K's in 1,562 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kiwoom (+116)
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