LG Twins vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 6/17/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: LG Twins vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
TV: SBS SPORTS
Odds/Point Spread: LG (-110) Kiwoom (+125)
Gocheok Sky Dome is the venue where Won-tae Choi and the Kiwoom Heroes (28-32, 7th in KBO) will take on the LG Twins (34-25, 2nd in KBO) on Thursday. The Twins open this game at -110 while the Heroes are priced at +125. The over/under has been set at 10.0. The pitchers taking the mound will be Andrew Suarez and Won-tae Choi.
LG is slugging .378 and have been called out on strikes 371 times, while getting the free base on 266 occasions. They have accrued 244 RBI's as well as 482 hits so far this year, while their team batting average sits at .248. The Twins have accrued 94 doubles as a team and have hit 49 balls out of the stadium. They have a total of 253 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .348. As a unit, the LG Twins are notching 4.3 runs per game, which is 8th in the league.
Chang-ki Hong is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for LG. Hong has hit .288 for his career, in addition to 162 runs scored and an OPS of .842. He has gone down on strikes 178 times and earned a walk on 165 occasions, which has contributed to a .426 on-base percentage. In his pro baseball career, Hong has hit 11 balls out of the park while knocking in 88 runs. He has earned a slugging percentage of .416 and he has a total of 326 bases. Over the course of his pro career, he came to the plate 983 times and has come through with a base hit 226 times.
The Twins have swiped 47 bases and have been gunned down 16 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage is 25.4%. The LG Twins have amassed 1,570 putouts so far this season, in addition to 637 assists and 38 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .983 which puts them in 3rd in KBO and they have turned 63 double plays.
Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 1.77 and the pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.35. Twins pitchers have given up 34 long balls and 234 total runs (10th in KBO). LG has conceded 474 base knocks (8.2 per 9 innings) and 212 earned runs. The Twins are sitting with a team ERA of 3.65 this season (1st in KBO), and the staff has rung up 415 hitters.
Suarez has taken the mound for 1,003 innings and has earned 825 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.68 (410 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.297. He has given up 1,037 base hits (9.3 hits per 9 innings) and has 264 free passes. Suarez (62-52 career record) has a FIP of 4.31 and he has faced 4,219 opposing hitters during his time in baseball.
The Kiwoom Heroes have recorded an on-base percentage of .349 as well as a batting average of .253 this season. They have been called out on strikes on 463 instances (2nd in baseball) and are sitting with 518 hits. Kiwoom has accounted for 39 HRs on the campaign as well as 281 runs batted in. The Heroes have a team slugging % of .376 and they are recording 5.05 runs per contest (7th in the league). They hit 110 doubles, while taking a walk 276 times as well as scoring 303 runs.
Jung-hoo Lee is a hitter you are going to want to keep your eye on for Kiwoom. Over the course of the 2,347 official at-bats in his pro career, Lee has a batting average of .338 with 793 base hits. He has gone deep 30 times, with 1,107 total bases and a .472 slugging %. Lee has drawn a walk 244 times while going down on strikes on 228 occasions. He has compiled 413 runs and has 309 runs batted in. His on-base % is .402 and he has a lifetime OPS of .874.
Of their 46 attempts at getting a steal, they have made it 32 times and been caught 14 times (30.4% caught stealing percentage). The Kiwoom Heroes have turned 64 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .979 (7th in KBO). The Heroes have racked up 637 assists, 49 errors and have a tally of 1,598 putouts this year.
The Heroes have a team WHIP of 1.479 with a FIP of 4.75 as a unit so far this season. They are currently ranked 3rd in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 538. The Kiwoom pitching staff have relinquished 281 runs on the year while holding a team ERA of 4.13 (244 earned runs yielded). Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 1.64 (408 strikeouts vs 249 bases on balls). They have conceded 51 home runs and they surrender 4.75 runs per 9 innings (3rd in the league).
During his career, Choi has conceded 740 hits and he has 481 strikeouts in 670 innings pitched. Choi (47-32 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 4.36 earned run average and has given up 9.9 hits per nine innings. He has allowed a total of 325 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.376 and a FIP of 4.8. His K/BB ratio is 2.63 and he has faced 2,907 hitters thus far in his career.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kiwoom (+125)
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