KT Wiz vs Lotte Giants Prediction, 5/16/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: KT Wiz vs Lotte Giants
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Location: Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: KT (-151) Lotte (+108)
William Cuevas and the KT Wiz (17-16, 6th in KBO) are headed to Sajik Baseball Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on the Lotte Giants (13-20, 10th in KBO). The Giants open this game at +108 while the Wiz are priced at -151. The O/U opens at 10.5. The starting pitchers will be William Cuevas and Dan Straily.
KT has a slugging rate of .412 and have struck out 245 times, while getting the free base on 172 occasions. They have compiled 180 runs batted in and 329 base knocks on the year, and their team batting average is at .290. The Wiz have tallied 56 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 24 balls out of the park. They have tallied 194 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .387. As a unit, the KT Wiz are putting up 5.9 runs per game, which is 2nd in baseball.
Jeong-dae Bae is a hitter who should impact this game for KT. Bae has accumulated a batting average of .271 for his time in baseball, with 147 scored runs and an OPS of .736. He has struck out 229 times and has taken a walk on 102 occasions, contributing to a .355 OBP. For his professional baseball career, Bae has hit 16 balls out of the park while driving in 94 runs. His career slugging percentage is .381 in addition to racking up 323 bases. Over the course of his time in the league, he approached the plate 974 times and has delivered with a hit 230 times.
The KT Wiz have earned 867 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 355 assists and 34 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .973 which has them ranked 10th in Korean baseball and have earned 30 double plays. The Wiz have swiped 25 bags and have been caught 7 times, which means their caught stealing percentage sits at 21.9%.
The Wiz have compiled a team ERA of 4.39 this season (4th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 228 hitters. KT has allowed 292 base knocks (9.1 per 9 innings) and 141 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 1.82 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.44. Wiz pitchers have surrendered 25 home runs and 165 total runs (7th in the league).
Cuevas (88-79 win-loss record in his career) holds a FIP of 4.31 and he has faced 6,066 opposing hitters during his time in baseball. He has given up 1,322 hits (8.2 hits per nine innings) and has 466 walks. His ERA is 3.84 (616 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.239. Cuevas has pitched in 1,442 innings and has totaled 1,154 punch outs in his pro baseball career.
Lotte has 29 home runs on the campaign in addition to 172 runs batted in. The have tallied 62 doubles, while getting a free base 164 times and scoring 178 runs. The Lotte Giants hold a team OBP of .367 in addition to a batting average of .276 this season. The Giants hold a team slugging % of .405 and they score 5.39 runs per contest (4th in the league). They have struck out on 250 occasions (4th in baseball) and have 323 base knocks.
Chi-hong Ahn is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Lotte. Ahn has drawn a free base 419 times while fanning on 707 attempts. His on-base percentage is .362 and he is the owner of a lifetime OPS of .801. Over the course of the 4,469 official at-bats in his baseball career, Ahn has accumulated a batting average of .299 with 1,334 base hits. He has compiled 661 runs and racked up 664 RBIs. He has hit it out of the park 111 times, with 1,961 bases in total and also a .439 slugging %.
Out of their 48 chances at swiping a bag, they have had success 34 times and been caught 14 times (29.2% caught stealing percentage). The Lotte Giants have twisted 31 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .978 (5th in KBO). The Giants have racked up 341 assists, 27 errors and have earned 883 putouts during this campaign.
The Lotte pitching staff have surrendered 200 runs so far this year and come in with a team ERA of 5.57 (182 earned runs yielded). They have given up 39 dingers and they allow 6.12 runs per 9 innings (10th in the league). The Giants hold a team WHIP of 1.632 in addition to having a FIP of 6.12 as a staff so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.57 (246 strikeouts vs 157 bases on balls). They are currently ranked 2nd in KBO as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 323.
Thus far in his career, Straily has given up 1,767 base knocks while totaling 1,840 punch outs in 1,907 innings pitched. He has conceded 854 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.260 and a FIP of 4.4. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.89 and he has gone up against 8,048 hitters during his career. Straily (123-96 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 4.03 ERA and has allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take KT (-151)
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