KT Wiz vs Lotte Giants Prediction, 9/30/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: KT Wiz vs Lotte Giants
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Location: Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: KT (-112) Lotte (-119)
Sajik Baseball Stadium is the site where Dan Straily and the Lotte Giants (53-62, 8th in KBO) will take on the KT Wiz (68-44, 1st in KBO) on Thursday. The Wiz open this game at -112 while the Giants are priced at -119. The over/under opens at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be William Cuevas and Dan Straily.
The Wiz have hit 186 doubles as a squad and have hit 89 balls out of the park. KT has a slugging % of .387 and have been called out on strikes 858 times, while taking a walk on 523 occasions. As a squad, the KT Wiz are notching 5.3 runs per contest, which ranks them 1st in the league. They have compiled 576 RBI's as well as 1,044 hits for the season, while their team batting average sits at .267. They have accounted for 615 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .358.
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Jae-gyun Hwang is a hitter you are going to want to keep your eye on for KT. Hwang has accumulated a batting average of .293 for his time in baseball, in addition to 937 runs scored and an OPS of .838. He has gone down on strikes 1,159 times and has taken a walk on 570 occasions, which has contributed to a .355 OBP. For his career, Hwang has hit 196 balls out of the park while knocking in 912 runs. His career slugging percentage is .457 and he has racked up 2,797 bases. Over the course of his pro career, he came to the plate 6,867 times and has come through with a base knock 1,793 times.
The KT Wiz have a tally of 3,096 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 1,204 assists and 86 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .980 which has them ranked 6th in KBO and they have turned 113 double plays. The Wiz have stolen 75 bags and have been thrown out 23 times, which means their caught stealing percentage is 23.5%.
The Wiz hold a team ERA of 3.71 over the course of the season (1st in the league), and the staff has struck out 858 batters. KT has allowed 945 base hits (8.2 per 9 innings) and 425 earned runs. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.08 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.31. Wiz pitchers have conceded 70 long balls and 478 total runs (9th in baseball).
Cuevas has taken the mound for 1,519 innings and has accumulated 1,227 strikeouts thus far in his career. Cuevas (96-81 win-loss record in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.31 and he has gone up against 6,390 hitters in baseball. His earned run average is 3.86 (651 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.241. He has given up 1,389 base knocks (8.2 hits per nine innings) and has 497 free passes.
The Giants have a team SLG% of .396 and they are earning 5.11 runs per game (4th in KBO). They have 215 two-baggers, while getting a free base 508 times and recording 608 runs. Lotte has accumulated 92 HRs for the season as well as 584 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 813 occasions (6th in KBO) and have tallied 1,137 base knocks. The Lotte Giants have accounted for an OBP of .357 in addition to a batting average of .274 this season.
Ah-seop Son is a batter who can be a difference maker for Lotte. Son has drawn a free base 792 times while striking out on 1,057 chances. His on-base percentage sits at .400 and he holds a lifetime OPS of .866. During the 6,303 at-bats in his pro career, Son has accumulated a batting average of .324 and has racked up 2,041 base knocks. He has recorded 1,130 runs and has 861 runs batted in. He has homered 163 times, as well as 2,935 total bases and a .466 slugging %.
Out of their 116 tries at stealing a base, they have made it 79 times and been caught 37 times (31.9% caught stealing rate). The Lotte Giants have turned 103 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .984 (1st in the league). The Giants have recorded 1,141 assists, 71 errors and have amassed 3,144 putouts this year.
The Giants have a team WHIP of 1.586 with a FIP of 5.85 as a staff so far this year. They are sitting at 1st in the league as a staff in total hits surrendered with 1,124. The Lotte pitching staff have conceded 681 runs for the season while having a team ERA of 5.45 (635 earned runs relinquished). Their K/BB ratio comes in at 1.59 (856 strikeouts vs 538 free passes). They have surrendered 114 long balls and they relinquish 5.85 runs per 9 innings (10th in the league).
During his career, Straily has allowed 1,864 base hits and he has 1,931 strikeouts in 2,002 frames. He has surrendered 906 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.272 and having a FIP of 4.4. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.83 and he has faced 8,468 opposing hitters during his career. Straily (128-104 win-loss record in his career) has a 4.07 earned run average while giving up 8.4 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Lotte (-119)
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