LG Twins vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 5/11/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: LG Twins vs Kia Tigers
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
TV: SBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: LG (-170) Kia (+145)
Casey Kelly and the LG Twins (17-13, 2nd in KBO) travel to Gwangju Kia Champions Field on Tuesday where they'll take on the Kia Tigers (13-17, 9th in KBO). The line on this game has the Twins coming in at -170 and the Tigers are at +145. The O/U opens at 8. The pitchers taking the mound will be Casey Kelly and Daniel Mengden.
LG has a slugging percentage of .389 and have struck out 180 times, while being walked on 139 occasions. They have earned 127 runs batted in as well as 247 base knocks so far this year, while their average at the plate sits at .248. The Twins have accrued 52 two-baggers as a squad and have smacked 28 balls out of the park. They have tallied 132 runs and have an on-base percentage of .347. As a unit, the LG Twins are putting up 4.4 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 9th in the league.
Ju-hyun Chung is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for LG. In his career, Chung has hit 15 baseballs out of the park while knocking in 136 runs. He has compiled a slugging percentage of .325 in addition to having tallied 474 bases. For his time in baseball, he came to bat 1,661 times and has delivered with a base hit 344 times. He has been struck out 347 times and has taken a walk on 149 occasions, contributing to a .308 OBP. Chung has a batting average of .236 for his career, with 230 scored runs and an OPS of .633.
The LG Twins have a total of 795 putouts for the season, in addition to 300 assists and 21 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .981 which puts them in 3rd in Korean baseball and have 32 double plays. The Twins have stolen 26 bags and have been gunned down 8 times, which means their caught stealing rate is 23.5%.
They have earned a K/BB ratio of 1.88 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.37. Twins pitchers have given up 16 long balls and also 117 total runs (10th in the league). LG has surrendered 237 base knocks (8.0 per 9 innings) as well as 108 earned runs. The Twins are sitting with a team ERA of 3.67 this season (2nd in the league), and their staff has rung up 235 batters.
Kelly has pitched in 1,304 frames and is sitting with 994 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.93 (570 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.325. He has surrendered 1,357 base hits (9.4 hits per nine innings) and has 372 free passes. Kelly (78-81 career record) sits with a FIP of 4.57 while going up against 5,579 hitters during his time in baseball.
Kia has knocked in 9 home runs for the year in addition to 119 runs batted in. They hit 39 two-baggers, while taking a walk 136 times and earning 122 runs. The Kia Tigers have an OBP of .340 in addition to a team batting average of .245 so far this season. The Tigers have a slugging percentage of .324 and they score 4.07 runs per contest (10th in the league). They have struck out on 204 instances (7th in the league) and have tallied 256 base hits.
Preston Tucker is a hitter who should impact this game for Kia. Tucker has tallied a free base 472 times while striking out on 768 plate appearances. He has recorded 715 runs in addition to having earned 794 runs batted in. His on-base rate is .352 and he has earned a has a OPS in his career of .835. He has hit it out of the park 198 times, as well as 2,171 total bases and also a .483 slugging %. For the 4,493 at-bats in his baseball career, Tucker has a batting average of .280 with 1,257 base hits.
Of their 36 attempts at getting a steal, they have had success 27 times and been caught 9 times (25.0% caught stealing percentage). The Kia Tigers have turned 26 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .987 (1st in the league). The Tigers have accrued 291 assists, 15 errors and have earned 824 putouts this season.
The Tigers hold a team WHIP of 1.623 with a FIP of 5.77 as a staff so far this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 1.35 (212 strikeouts vs 157 free passes). They are currently ranked 4th in the league as a staff in total hits relinquished with 288. They have allowed 26 homers and they allow 5.77 runs per 9 innings (8th in KBO). The Kia pitching staff have surrendered 176 runs this year while having a team ERA of 5.38 (164 earned runs yielded).
During his career, Mengden has allowed 893 base knocks while tallying 870 punch outs in 994 innings pitched. He has given up 401 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.188 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.0. His K/BB ratio is 3.01 and he has faced 3,965 hitters thus far in his career. Mengden (64-52 win-loss mark in his career) has a 3.63 earned run average while allowing 8.1 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take LG (-170)
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