NC Dinos vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 9/11/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NC Dinos vs Kia Tigers
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
TV: SBS SPORTS
Odds/Point Spread: NC (-135) Kia (+101)
Eui Lee Lee and the Kia Tigers (37-53, 9th in KBO) host the NC Dinos (47-47, 6th in KBO) at Gwangju Kia Champions Field on Saturday. The Dinos open this game at -135 while the Tigers are priced at +101. The over/under is set at 9.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Drew Rucinski and Eui Lee Lee.
The Dinos have recorded 147 doubles as a unit and have hit 126 balls out of the stadium. NC is slugging .433 and have been called out on strikes 728 times, while being walked on 381 occasions. As a unit, the NC Dinos are putting up 5.3 runs/g, which puts them at 2nd in baseball. They have amassed 495 runs batted in as well as 888 hits so far this season, and their batting average is at .268. They have accumulated 519 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .356.
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Aaron Altherr is a batter who should impact this game for NC. Altherr has compiled an average at the plate of .254 in his time in baseball, with 685 scored runs and an OPS of .756. He has fanned 1,283 times and has taken a walk on 449 occasions, contributing to a .327 on-base percentage. For his professional baseball career, Altherr has slapped 156 balls out of the park while driving in 703 runs. His slugging percentage sits at .429 in addition to earning 2,025 bases. Over the course of his time in the league, he stepped into the batters box 5,320 times and has delivered with a hit 1,199 times.
The NC Dinos are sitting with 2,570 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 884 assists and 77 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .978 which has them ranked 8th in Korean baseball and they have twisted 80 double plays. The Dinos have stolen 54 bases and have been gunned down 31 times, which shows us their caught stealing rate is 36.5%.
Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.69 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.52. Dinos pitchers have surrendered 91 home runs in addition to 488 total runs (5th in the league). NC has allowed 877 hits (9.2 per 9 innings) and 444 earned runs. The Dinos have an ERA of 4.67 over the course of the season (6th in KBO), and the staff has struck out 712 batters.
Rucinski (89-75 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.16 and he has gone up against 5,583 opposing batters in baseball. He has given up 1,400 base hits (9.0 hits per 9 innings) with 398 free passes. His earned run average is 3.62 (565 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.282. Rucinski has taken the hill for 1,403 innings and has earned 1,185 K's so far in his pro baseball career.
Kia has a total of 41 home runs on the campaign as well as 361 RBIs. They hit 123 doubles, while taking a walk 413 times and putting up 375 runs. The Kia Tigers have accumulated a team OBP of .336 and a team batting average of .244 this season. The Tigers hold a team slugging % of .331 and they earn 3.91 runs per contest (10th in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 610 occasions (9th in the league) and have notched a total of 788 hits.
Seon-bin Kim is a hitter you are going to want to keep your eye on for Kia. For the 3,896 at-bats in his pro career, Kim has hit .302 with 1,176 base knocks. He has gone deep 27 times, as well as 1,473 total bases and a .378 slugging percentage. Kim has drawn a free base 437 times while fanning on 405 chances. He has compiled 579 runs and notched 432 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .373 and he is the owner of a career OPS of .751.
Out of their 91 chances at swiping a bag, they got to the bag before the ball 66 times and been caught 25 times (27.5% caught stealing percentage). The Kia Tigers have turned 88 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .982 (5th in the league). The Tigers have recorded 910 assists, 64 errors and have notched a total of 2,550 putouts this year.
The Kia pitching staff have conceded 527 runs for the season while holding an ERA of 5.30 (501 earned runs surrendered). They have allowed 102 long balls and they allow 5.58 runs per 9 innings (9th in baseball). The Tigers are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.558 and are the owners of a FIP of 5.58 as a team on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.40 (639 strikeouts against 455 free passes). They are sitting at 8th in KBO as a staff in total hits allowed with 869.
During his career, Lee has allowed 65 base knocks while accumulating 88 K's in 91 innings. He has conceded a total of 38 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.287 and a FIP of 4.0. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.66 and he has gone up against 389 opposing batters thus far in his career. Lee (4-4 record in his career) has a 3.73 ERA while giving up 6.4 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kia (+101)
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