Lotte Giants vs Samsung Lions Prediction, 5/8/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lotte Giants vs Samsung Lions
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: Lotte (+152) Samsung (-177)
Daegu Samsung Lions Park is the site where Yoon-soo Kim and the Samsung Lions (17-11, 1st in KBO) will play the Lotte Giants (11-16, 10th in KBO) on Saturday. The line on this matchup has the Giants priced at +152 and the Lions are at -177. The O/U has been set at 10. The pitchers taking the mound will be Seung-heon Lee and Yoon-soo Kim.
Lotte is slugging .404 and have been called out on strikes 202 times, while being walked on 135 occasions. They have earned 143 runs batted in in addition to 265 hits on the campaign, and their batting average sits at .276. The Giants have tallied 52 doubles as a unit and have knocked 23 balls out of the park. They have accounted for 149 runs while holding a team OBP of .368. As a team, the Lotte Giants are knocking in 5.5 runs per game, which puts them at 3rd in the league.
Chi-hong Ahn is a batter who can be a difference maker for Lotte. Ahn has hit .299 for his time in baseball, in addition to 660 scored runs and an OPS of .802. He has struck out 703 times and has taken a walk on 417 occasions, contributing to a .362 on-base percentage. In his professional baseball career, Ahn has hit 111 baseballs over the fence while knocking in 662 runs. His slugging percentage is .440 and he has totaled 1,955 bases. In his time in the Majors, he came to the plate 5,039 times and has reached base with a base knock 1,329 times.
The Giants have swiped 26 bases and have been gunned down 11 times, which means their caught stealing rate is 29.7%. The Lotte Giants have amassed 727 putouts on the year, as well as 280 assists and 21 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .980 which is 4th in KBO and have accumulated 22 double plays.
The Giants have compiled a team ERA of 5.54 this year (9th in the league), and their staff has struck out 203 hitters. Lotte has allowed 262 hits (9.7 per 9 innings) and 149 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.57 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.62. Giants pitchers have surrendered 26 home runs and 160 runs (3rd in baseball).
Lee (3-4 career mark) sits with a FIP of 7.31 while he has gone up against 269 opposing hitters in baseball. He has conceded 64 base knocks (10.2 hits per nine innings) and has 33 free passes. His earned run average is 6.19 (39 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.712. Lee has taken the hill for 56 frames and is sitting with 45 strikeouts during his pro baseball career.
The Samsung Lions have accumulated a team OBP of .356 and a batting average of .272 for the year. They have been called out on strikes on 181 occasions (9th in KBO) and have accounted for 254 base knocks. Samsung has compiled 28 home runs on the year to go along with 132 RBIs. The Lions have a slugging percentage of .413 and they score 5.11 runs per outing (5th in KBO). They have hit 40 doubles, while getting a free base 120 times and scoring 143 runs.
Min-ho Kang is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Samsung. During the 6,070 at-bats in his career, Kang has earned a batting average of .276 with 1,677 base hits. He has hit it out of the park 277 times, in addition to having 2,828 total bases and also a .466 slugging %. Kang has drawn a free base 644 times while being called out on strikes on 1,313 chances. He has accrued 781 runs and has 978 RBIs. His on-base percentage comes in at .356 and he holds a career OPS of .822.
The Samsung Lions have turned 22 double plays and have a fielding rate of .983 (2nd in KBO). The Lions have 233 assists, 17 errors and have a total of 740 putouts so far this season. Out of their 16 tries at stealing a base, they have been successful 9 times and been caught 7 times (43.8% caught stealing percentage).
The Lions have a team WHIP of 1.373 in addition to having a FIP of 4.09 as a unit so far this season. They come in at 7th in KBO as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 234. The Samsung pitching staff have allowed 112 runs on the season while having an ERA of 3.58 (98 earned runs relinquished). Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.18 (227 strikeouts against 104 walks). They have yielded 17 HR's and they surrender 4.09 runs per 9 innings (1st in the league).
Kim (4-6 mark in his career) has a 5.01 earned run average while giving up 10.5 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.17 and he has gone up against 377 hitters during his pro baseball career. He has allowed a total of 44 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.823 and a FIP of 5.9. In his career, Kim has given up 92 base hits and he has 61 punch outs in 79 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Samsung (-177)
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