KT Wiz vs Samsung Lions Prediction, 7/8/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: KT Wiz vs Samsung Lions
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021
Location: Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: KT (-129) Samsung (-102)
Young-pyo Ko and the KT Wiz (44-28, 1st in KBO) travel to Daegu Samsung Lions Park on Thursday where they'll meet the Samsung Lions (43-32, 3rd in KBO). The Wiz open this game at -129 while the Lions are priced at -102. The O/U has been set at 9.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Young-pyo Ko and David Buchanan.
The Wiz have accumulated 114 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 58 balls out of the stadium. KT has a slugging percentage of .395 and have been called out on strikes 530 times, while drawing a walk on 343 occasions. As a unit, the KT Wiz are compiling 5.5 runs per contest, which puts them at 2nd in baseball. They have 371 runs batted in and 659 hits over the course of the season, while their batting average is at .271. They have earned a total of 399 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .366.
Jae-gyun Hwang is a hitter you are going to want to keep your eye on for KT. Hwang has earned a batting average of .292 in his time in baseball, with 908 runs scored and an OPS of .853. He has been struck out 1,119 times and earned a walk on 554 occasions, which has contributed to a .354 on-base percentage. In his career, Hwang has drilled 193 baseballs out of the park while driving in 899 runs. He has recorded a slugging percentage of .458 and he has a total of 2,725 bases. In his time spent in pro baseball, he came to bat 6,672 times and also came through with a base knock 1,738 times.
The Wiz have swiped 45 bags and have been gunned down 14 times, which shows us their caught stealing rate is 23.7%. The KT Wiz have a tally of 1,918 putouts this year, in addition to 752 assists and 55 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .980 which has them sitting 7th in the league and have 65 double plays.
The Wiz hold a team earned run average of 4.13 so far this year (2nd in the league), and the staff has struck out 540 batters. KT has conceded 615 base hits (8.7 per 9 innings) and 293 earned runs. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 1.91 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.40. Wiz pitchers have yielded 49 home runs and 330 total runs (9th in KBO).
Ko has pitched in 479 innings and has 442 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. Ko (26-32 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 5.37 and he has gone up against 2,085 opposing batters during his time in baseball. His ERA is 4.93 (263 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.330. He has surrendered 546 base hits (10.2 hits per nine innings) with 92 free passes.
The Samsung Lions have recorded an on-base percentage of .351 and a batting average of .276 on the year. They have been rung up on 460 occasions (8th in KBO) and have recorded 712 base hits. Samsung has hit 74 home runs this year as well as 365 RBIs. The Lions hold a slugging percentage of .412 and they are earning 5.12 runs per game (7th in baseball). They have notched 109 doubles, while getting a free base 286 times and racking up 389 runs.
Hae-Min Park is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Samsung. Park has drawn a walk 382 times while fanning on 637 occasions. He has amassed 675 runs and has 392 RBIs. His on-base percentage sits at .353 and he holds a career OPS of .743. He has homered 40 times, as well as 1,480 bases in total and also a .390 slugging %. For the 3,799 official at-bats in his pro career, Park has a batting average of .287 with 1,090 base hits.
In their 51 tries at swiping a bag, they have had success 34 times and been caught 17 times (33.3% caught stealing percentage). The Samsung Lions have twisted 69 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .982 (5th in Korean baseball). The Lions have accrued 705 assists, 49 errors and have a total of 1,995 putouts for the season.
The Lions hold a team WHIP of 1.489 in addition to having a FIP of 4.75 as a unit on the season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.77 (545 strikeouts against 308 walks). They are sitting at 4th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 682. They have allowed 76 homers and they concede 4.75 runs per 9 innings (3rd in the league). The Samsung pitching staff have surrendered 351 runs on the season while having an ERA of 4.28 (316 earned runs allowed).
During his career, Buchanan has conceded 1,750 hits while he has totaled 1,076 punch outs in 1,680 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 739 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.348 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.09 and he has faced 7,169 opposing batters so far in his pro baseball career. Buchanan (105-99 win-loss record in his career) has a 3.96 ERA while surrendering 9.4 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Samsung (-102)
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