KT Wiz vs NC Dinos Prediction, 9/18/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: KT Wiz vs NC Dinos
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Changwon NC Park in Changwon, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: KT (-108) NC (-121)
Young Pyo Ko and the KT Wiz (63-40, 1st in KBO) are headed to Changwon NC Park on Saturday where they'll take on the NC Dinos (52-49, 4th in KBO). The Wiz open this game at -108 while the Dinos are priced at -121. The O/U opens at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Young Pyo Ko and Drew Rucinski.
As a team, the KT Wiz are putting up 5.4 runs per game, which has them sitting at 1st in the league. They have earned a total of 577 runs scored and have an OBP of .362. The Wiz have tallied 167 doubles as a team and have knocked 87 balls out of the stadium. They have accumulated 541 runs batted in as well as 971 base knocks this season, while their team batting average comes in at .270. KT has a slugging % of .394 and have struck out 782 times, while getting the free base on 487 occasions.
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Baek-ho Kang is a batter who should be able to impact this game for KT. Kang has recorded a batting average of .329 for his career in baseball, with 335 runs scored and an OPS of .942. He has gone down on strikes 370 times and has taken a walk on 252 occasions, contributing to a .409 OBP. In his pro baseball career, Kang has hit 79 balls out of the park while driving in 325 runs. He has earned a slugging percentage of .533 and he has a total of 983 bases. During his time in professional baseball, he stepped into the batters box 2,126 times and got on base with a hit 607 times.
The Wiz have stolen 72 bags and have been thrown out 20 times, which means their caught stealing percentage sits at 21.7%. The KT Wiz have earned 2,829 putouts this season, in addition to 1,087 assists and 79 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .980 which has them ranked 7th in the league and they have turned 100 double plays.
The Wiz are sitting with a team ERA of 3.85 on the season (2nd in the league), and they have rung up 794 hitters. Wiz pitchers have allowed 68 long balls in addition to 451 runs in total (9th in the league). KT has conceded 880 hits (8.4 per 9 innings) and also 403 earned runs. Their K/BB ratio is 2.07 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.34.
Ko has taken the hill for 519 innings and has accumulated 468 K's in his career. His earned run average is 4.79 (276 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.308. He has given up 578 base knocks (10.0 hits per 9 innings) and has 101 free passes. Ko (29-33 career mark) sits with a FIP of 5.20 while facing 2,244 hitters in baseball.
The NC Dinos have compiled a team on-base percentage of .355 in addition to a team batting average of .269 for the season. They have struck out on 785 occasions (4th in baseball) and are sitting with 956 hits. NC has a total of 136 home runs so far this year to go along with 534 runs batted in. The Dinos have a team SLG% of .436 and they score 5.32 runs per contest (2nd in the league). They have hit 157 doubles, while getting a free base 399 times and scoring 559 runs.
Aaron Altherr is a batter who can be a difference maker for NC. Altherr has earned a free base 451 times while fanning on 1,291 tries. His on-base percentage sits at .327 and he has a career OPS of .757. During the 4,745 official at-bats in his pro career, Altherr has a batting average of .254 with 1,206 hits. He has recorded 691 runs and notched 708 runs batted in. He has gone deep 158 times, with 2,041 bases in total and a .430 slugging %.
Of their 96 chances at getting a steal, they have made it 62 times and been caught 34 times (35.4% caught stealing rate). The NC Dinos have turned 82 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .978 (8th in KBO). The Dinos have accrued 949 assists, 82 errors and have a tally of 2,756 putouts this season.
The Dinos are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.499 with a FIP of 5.03 as a pitching staff for the season. They sit at 8th in KBO as a staff in total hits conceded with 932. The NC pitching staff have given up 513 runs over the course of the season while having a team ERA of 4.58 (467 earned runs conceded). Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 1.70 (757 strikeouts vs 444 bases on balls). They have surrendered 96 homers and they surrender 5.03 runs per 9 innings (6th in the league).
Rucinski (90-75 win-loss mark in his career) has a 3.62 ERA and has conceded 9.0 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.00 and he has gone up against 5,609 batters in his career. He has conceded a total of 567 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.279 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.2. Thus far in his career, Rucinski has allowed 1,405 base knocks while he has accumulated 1,192 punch outs in 1,410 frames.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take NC (-121)
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