Lotte Giants vs Hanwha Eagles Prediction, 5/18/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lotte Giants vs Hanwha Eagles
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Location: Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: Lotte (-263) Hanwha (+179)
Dong Hyun Bae and the Hanwha Eagles (14-22, 9th in KBO) host the Lotte Giants (13-22, 10th in KBO) at Hanwha Life Eagles Park on Tuesday. The Giants open this contest at -263 while the Eagles are coming in at +179. The O/U is set at 9.5. The men taking the mound will be Enderson Franco and Dong Hyun Bae.
As a team, the Lotte Giants are knocking in 5.2 runs per game, which has them sitting at 4th in KBO. They have earned a total of 183 runs scored and have an OBP of .367. The Giants have recorded 64 doubles as a squad and have smacked 29 balls out of the park. They have accrued 177 runs batted in and 344 base knocks on the year, while their batting average is sitting at .277. Lotte has a slugging % of .401 and have struck out 264 times, while drawing a walk on 172 occasions.
Hoon Chung is a hitter who should impact this game for Lotte. Chung has a batting average of .276 in his time in baseball, with 467 scored runs and an OPS of .753. He has struck out 630 times and has gotten a free base on 328 occasions, contributing to a .361 OBP. For his professional baseball career, Chung has drilled 50 balls out of the park while driving in 349 runs. His slugging percentage is .392 and he has a total of 1,128 bases. In his time spent in pro baseball, he faced a pitcher 3,356 times and has reached base with a base hit 794 times.
The Giants have stolen 35 bags and have been caught 14 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage is 28.6%. The Lotte Giants have amassed 937 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 356 assists and 28 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .979 which has them sitting 6th in KBO and have a total of 32 double plays.
The Giants have a team ERA of 5.65 on the campaign (10th in the league), and their staff has struck out 257 batters. Lotte has surrendered 346 base hits (10.0 per 9 innings) as well as 196 earned runs. They have a K/BB ratio of 1.54 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.64. Giants pitchers have surrendered 40 home runs and 214 runs in total (1st in KBO).
Franco (50-62 win-loss record in his career) sits with a FIP of 5.16 while he has gone up against 4,405 hitters during his time in baseball. He has surrendered 1,121 base hits (10.0 hits per nine innings) and has had 311 walks. His ERA is 4.50 (503 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.423. Franco has taken the ball for 1,006 innings and is sitting with 765 strikeouts in his pro baseball career.
The Hanwha Eagles are sitting with an on-base percentage of .330 as well as a team batting average of .241 on the year. They have been called out on strikes on 324 occasions (1st in the league) and have earned 289 base hits. Hanwha has accounted for 15 HRs on the season as well as 145 runs batted in. The Eagles hold a slugging % of .332 and they are recording 4.33 runs per contest (9th in the league). They have recorded 57 doubles, while taking a walk 151 times and racking up 156 runs.
Ryon Healy is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Hanwha. In the 4,026 official at-bats in his career, Healy is sitting with a batting avereage of .284 in addition to 1,142 hits. He has hit a home run 141 times, with 1,827 bases in total and also a .454 slugging percentage. Healy has drawn a walk 247 times while striking out on 776 plate appearances. He has accounted for 518 runs and notched 618 RBIs. His on-base percentage sits at .327 and he has earned a career OPS of .781.
The Hanwha Eagles have twisted 28 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .977 (7th in KBO). The Eagles have recorded 311 assists, 29 errors and have 942 putouts during this campaign. Out of their 37 tries at stealing a base, they have had success 30 times and been caught 7 times (18.9% caught stealing rate).
The Eagles have a team WHIP of 1.525 with a FIP of 5.56 as a staff on the season. They are currently ranked 9th in the league as a staff in total hits surrendered with 296. The Hanwha pitching staff have surrendered 194 runs on the year while holding an ERA of 4.84 (169 earned runs surrendered). They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.38 (252 strikeouts against 183 free passes). They have relinquished 33 home runs and they relinquish 5.56 runs per 9 innings (7th in the league).
So far in his KBO career, Bae has allowed 12 base knocks while he has earned 4 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. He has allowed a total of 8 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.313 and having a FIP of 5.1. His K/BB ratio is 0.44 and he has gone up against 71 opposing batters so far in his career. Bae (0-1 career mark) has earned a 4.50 ERA and has given up 6.8 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Lotte (-263)
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