KT Wiz vs NC Dinos Prediction, 6/17/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: KT Wiz vs NC Dinos
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Location: Changwon NC Park in Changwon, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: KT (-120) NC (+105)
Drew Rucinski and the NC Dinos (29-27, 5th in KBO) host the KT Wiz (32-23, 1st in KBO) at Changwon NC Park on Thursday. The Wiz open this contest at -120 while the Dinos are coming in at +105. The O/U has been set at 9.5. The starting pitchers will be Odrisamer Despaigne and Drew Rucinski.
KT has a slugging % of .401 and have struck out 412 times, while taking a walk on 270 occasions. They have earned 285 RBI's in addition to 530 hits so far this year, and their team batting average is .279. The Wiz have hit 97 two-baggers as a team and have hit 41 balls out of the stadium. They are sitting with 309 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .374. As a squad, the KT Wiz are knocking in 5.6 runs per game, which puts them at 1st in baseball.
Baek-ho Kang is one batter you are going to want to keep your eye on for KT. Kang has hit .328 for his career in baseball, with 305 runs scored and an OPS of .934. He has struck out 336 times and earned a walk on 214 occasions, which contributes in part to a .405 on-base percentage. In his professional baseball career, Kang has slapped 72 balls out of the park while knocking in 285 runs. He has compiled a slugging percentage of .529 in addition to having tallied 886 bases. Over the course of his time in the league, he approached the plate 1,913 times and came through with a base hit 550 times.
The Wiz have swiped 40 bags and have been thrown out 13 times, which shows us their caught stealing percentage sits at 24.5%. The KT Wiz have 1,474 putouts on the campaign, as well as 576 assists and 49 errors. Their fielding rate is at .977 which is 9th in the league and have a total of 49 double plays.
The Wiz have an earned run average of 4.20 for the year (4th in the league), and the staff has struck out 408 batters. Wiz pitchers have allowed 37 home runs in addition to 260 total runs (9th in the league). KT has yielded 485 base hits (8.9 per 9 innings) and 229 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.74 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.46.
Despaigne has taken the hill for 1,911 innings and has earned 1,423 strikeouts so far in his pro career. His ERA is 4.06 (862 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.412. He has conceded 1,962 base knocks (9.2 hits per nine innings) and has 737 walks. Despaigne (106-109 career win-loss record) has a FIP of 4.55 and he has gone up against 8,330 batters in baseball.
NC is sitting with 78 HRs on the season in addition to 305 runs batted in. They have 96 doubles, while walking 248 times as well as racking up 320 runs. The NC Dinos have accounted for a team on-base percentage of .367 in addition to a batting average of .274 on the year. The Dinos have a team slugging percentage of .448 and they are recording 5.61 runs per game (2nd in KBO). They have been called out on strikes on 397 occasions (6th in baseball) and have accounted for 540 base hits.
Aaron Altherr is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for NC. Altherr has drawn a walk 431 times while fanning on 1,231 attempts. He has recorded 666 runs and has 685 runs batted in. His on-base rate is .328 and he is the owner of a career OPS of .759. He has gone deep 149 times, as well as 1,975 bases in total and a .431 slugging percentage. Over the course of the 4,582 at-bats in his baseball career, Altherr has earned a batting average of .256 and has racked up 1,172 base knocks.
The NC Dinos have twisted 46 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .980 (6th in KBO). The Dinos have 502 assists, 41 errors and have earned a total of 1,499 putouts so far this season. Out of their 46 attempts at swiping a bag, they have been successful 31 times and been caught 15 times (32.6% caught stealing rate).
The NC pitching staff have allowed 280 runs for the season while having a team ERA of 4.51 (250 earned runs relinquished). They have given up 48 homers and they allow 5.04 runs per 9 innings (6th in the league). The Dinos are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.518 and have a FIP of 5.04 as a staff on the season. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 1.79 (436 strikeouts vs 243 bases on balls). They are currently ranked 6th in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 515.
In his pro baseball career, Rucinski has allowed 1,353 hits while he has accumulated 1,141 strikeouts in 1,347 innings pitched. He has surrendered a total of 545 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.287 and a FIP of 4.2. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.99 and he has faced 5,354 opposing batters in his career. Rucinski (84-71 career win-loss mark) has a 3.64 ERA while allowing 9.0 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take KT (-120)
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