Lotte Giants vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 8/26/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lotte Giants vs Kia Tigers
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: Lotte (-108) Kia (-121)
Dan Straily and the Lotte Giants (39-48, 8th in KBO) go to Gwangju Kia Champions Field on Thursday where they'll meet the Kia Tigers (35-46, 9th in KBO). The moneyline on this matchup has the Giants coming in at -108 and the Tigers are at -121. The over/under is set at 9.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Dan Straily and Eui Lee Lee.
As a team, the Lotte Giants are putting up 5.1 runs per game, which puts them at 7th in baseball. They have racked up 446 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .354. The Giants have compiled 151 doubles as a squad and have knocked 71 balls out of the park. They have 431 runs batted in as well as 832 hits on the year, and their team batting average sits at .272. Lotte owns a slugging percentage of .393 and have been rung up 612 times, while taking a walk on 378 occasions.
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Jun-woo Jeon is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Lotte. Jeon is sitting with a batting avereage of .293 for his career in baseball, with 809 scored runs and an OPS of .823. He has gone down on strikes 833 times and has walked on 457 occasions, contributing to a .361 on-base %. In his career, Jeon has slapped 165 balls over the fence while knocking in 704 runs. He is sitting with a career slugging percentage of .462 and he has racked up 2,244 bases. Over the course of his pro career, he stepped up to the plate 5,468 times and has reached base with a base hit 1,425 times.
The Giants have swiped 70 bases and have been thrown out 30 times, which means their caught stealing rate is 30.0%. The Lotte Giants have notched a total of 2,332 putouts for the season, as well as 838 assists and 52 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .984 which is 2nd in the league and have a total of 78 double plays.
Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.63 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.54. Giants pitchers have allowed 85 home runs in addition to 490 runs in total (1st in the league). Lotte has surrendered 805 base knocks (9.3 per 9 innings) in addition to 457 earned runs. The Giants are sitting with a team earned run average of 5.29 for the season (10th in the league), and their staff has rung up 637 batters.
Straily (127-102 career mark) holds a FIP of 4.44 and he has gone up against 8,354 hitters in baseball. He has given up 1,840 hits (8.4 hits per 9 innings) and has had 666 free passes. His ERA is 4.07 (894 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.267. Straily has taken the ball for 1,977 innings and has earned 1,906 punch outs in his pro baseball career.
The Tigers hold a slugging percentage of .338 and they score 3.99 runs per game (9th in KBO). The have tallied 111 doubles, while taking a walk 355 times and scoring 335 runs. Kia has compiled 39 HRs on the year to go along with 324 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 540 instances (9th in KBO) and have a total of 702 base knocks. The Kia Tigers have recorded an OBP of .338 as well as a team batting average of .248 so far this year.
Seon-bin Kim is one batter you are going to want to keep your eye on for Kia. Kim has drawn a walk 431 times while fanning on 402 attempts. He has accounted for 576 runs and also has 431 RBIs. His on-base % is .374 and he also has a has a OPS in his career of .753. He has hit a home run 27 times, with 1,461 total bases and a .379 slugging percentage. In the 3,851 official at-bats in his pro career, Kim has a batting average of .303 in addition to 1,166 base knocks.
The Kia Tigers have turned 75 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .983 (3rd in KBO). The Tigers have racked up 800 assists, 54 errors and are sitting with 2,241 putouts over the course of the season. Out of their 80 tries at swiping a bag, they got to the bag before the ball 57 times and been caught 23 times (28.8% caught stealing rate).
The Tigers have a WHIP of 1.552 with a FIP of 5.48 as a unit so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 1.39 (567 strikeouts vs 407 bases on balls). They are sitting at 8th in the league as a staff in total hits surrendered with 752. They have surrendered 84 homers and they allow 5.48 runs per 9 innings (8th in baseball). The Kia pitching staff have yielded 455 runs this year while holding a team ERA of 5.20 (432 earned runs surrendered).
In his pro career, Lee has allowed 58 base hits while accumulating 81 strikeouts in 82 innings. He has given up 33 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.258 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.9. His K/BB ratio is 1.76 and he has faced 350 hitters in his career. Lee (4-3 career win-loss record) has earned a 3.59 earned run average while conceding 6.3 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kia (-121)
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