Lotte Giants vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 7/1/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lotte Giants vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: Lotte (-151) Kiwoom (+114)
Jake Brigham and the Kiwoom Heroes (36-36, 6th in KBO) host the Lotte Giants (29-39, 8th in KBO) at Gocheok Sky Dome on Thursday. The odds on this contest have the Giants coming in at -151 and the Heroes are at +114. The total opens at 9.5. The starting pitchers will be Enderson Franco and Jake Brigham.
The Giants have hit 130 two-baggers as a team and have hit 62 balls out of the stadium. Lotte is slugging .414 and have been called out on strikes 497 times, while getting the free base on 314 occasions. As a unit, the Lotte Giants are recording 5.5 runs/g, which puts them at 3rd in the league. They have 364 RBI's and 685 hits this season, while their average at the plate is .281. They have notched a total of 377 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .365.
Jun-woo Jeon is a hitter who should impact this game for Lotte. In his career, Jeon has hit 165 balls over the fence while driving in 695 runs. He has amassed a slugging percentage of .464 in addition to racking up 2,222 bases. For his time in baseball, he stepped up to the plate 5,392 times and came through with a base hit 1,409 times. He has gone down on strikes 824 times and has walked on 452 occasions, which contributes in part to a .362 on-base percentage. Jeon has an average at the plate of .294 for his baseball career, in addition to 799 scored runs and an OPS of .826.
The Lotte Giants are sitting with 1,839 putouts so far this season, in addition to 673 assists and 44 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .983 which has them ranked 3rd in the league and have accumulated 62 double plays. The Giants have stolen 60 bags and have been caught 25 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage is 29.4%.
The Giants have compiled a team ERA of 5.48 so far this season (9th in the league), and their staff has rung up 514 batters. Lotte has relinquished 650 hits (9.5 per 9 innings) and also 373 earned runs. They have a K/BB ratio of 1.66 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.56. Giants pitchers have conceded 69 home runs in addition to 402 total runs (1st in baseball).
Franco has taken the ball for 1,047 frames and has tallied 795 K's in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 4.48 (521 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.412. He has given up 1,153 hits (9.9 hits per nine innings) and has had 325 walks. Franco (54-63 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 5.12 while he has faced 4,578 hitters during his time in baseball.
Kiwoom has accounted for 48 home runs so far this year to go along with 347 runs batted in. They have put up 132 doubles, while getting a free base 340 times as well as earning 373 runs. The Kiwoom Heroes are sitting with a team on-base percentage of .355 in addition to a team batting average of .260 for the season. The Heroes have a SLG% of .385 and they average 5.18 runs per contest (6th in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 550 occasions (2nd in the league) and are sitting with 639 base hits.
Jung-hoo Lee is a batter who can be a difference maker for Kiwoom. Lee has earned a walk 249 times while fanning on 233 occasions. His on-base percentage is .400 and he is the owner of a lifetime OPS of .872. For the 2,398 at-bats in his career, Lee has compiled an average at the plate of .336 and has racked up 806 base knocks. He has amassed 418 runs and has 317 RBIs. He has homered 32 times, with 1,131 total bases and also a .472 slugging %.
Out of their 56 attempts at getting a steal, they have made it 40 times and been caught 16 times (28.6% caught stealing rate). The Kiwoom Heroes have turned 78 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .979 (7th in Korean baseball). The Heroes have racked up 762 assists, 57 errors and have notched a total of 1,922 putouts for the year.
The Heroes are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.478 with a FIP of 4.82 as a pitching staff so far this season. They are currently ranked 3rd in KBO as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 649. The Kiwoom pitching staff have yielded 343 runs this year while holding a team ERA of 4.22 (300 earned runs given up). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 1.66 (492 strikeouts against 297 free passes). They have given up 62 HR's and they allow 4.82 runs per 9 innings (5th in KBO).
Brigham (99-90 career record) has a 4.07 earned run average and has conceded 8.9 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.42 and he has gone up against 7,306 batters during his pro baseball career. He has conceded a total of 768 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.342 and having a FIP of 4.8. During his pro baseball career, Brigham has allowed 1,687 hits while he has accumulated 1,429 strikeouts in 1,697 frames.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kiwoom (+114)
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