NC Dinos vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 9/23/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NC Dinos vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
TV: SBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: NC (+117) Kiwoom (-156)
Woo Jin An and the Kiwoom Heroes (56-56, 6th in KBO) play the NC Dinos (53-52, 5th in KBO) at Gocheok Sky Dome on Thursday. The Heroes open this matchup at -156 while the Dinos are coming in at +117. The total opens at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Jae Hak Lee and Woo Jin An.
NC has a slugging rate of .432 and have struck out 810 times, while drawing a walk on 406 occasions. They have amassed 544 RBI's in addition to 982 hits for the year, and their team batting average is .267. The Dinos have compiled 161 two-baggers as a team and have hit 140 balls out of the park. They have racked up 570 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .352. As a team, the NC Dinos are notching 5.2 runs per game, which has them sitting at 3rd in baseball.
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Ui-ji Yang is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for NC. Yang has hit .310 for his career, in addition to 689 runs scored and an OPS of .897. He has struck out 581 times and has been walked on 496 attempts at the plate, contributing to a .391 on-base percentage. In his pro baseball career, Yang has slapped 202 baseballs out of the park while knocking in 830 runs. He has recorded a slugging percentage of .506 in addition to having tallied 2,275 bases. During his time in professional baseball, he stepped into the batters box 5,227 times and got on base with a hit 1,393 times.
The NC Dinos are sitting with 2,837 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 977 assists and 84 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .978 which has them ranked 8th in the league and have a total of 85 double plays. The Dinos have stolen 63 bags and have been thrown out 37 times, which means their caught stealing percentage sits at 37.0%.
Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.75 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.50. Dinos pitchers have given up 101 long balls and 545 total runs (6th in the league). NC has conceded 978 hits (9.2 per 9 innings) and 496 earned runs. The Dinos have an earned run average of 4.68 over the course of the season (6th in KBO), and their staff has struck out 795 batters.
Lee (72-62 record in his career) has a FIP of 4.88 while facing 4,949 batters during his time in baseball. He has allowed 1,140 hits (9.1 hits per nine innings) and has 461 free passes. His ERA is 4.53 (571 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.412. Lee has thrown 1,133 innings and has earned 977 K's thus far in his career.
The Kiwoom Heroes have accumulated an OBP of .351 and a team batting average of .259 on the campaign. They have struck out on 835 occasions (2nd in KBO) and have notched a total of 1,004 hits. Kiwoom has compiled 72 HRs this season to go along with 544 RBIs. The Heroes hold a slugging % of .376 and they are earning 5.08 runs per outing (6th in baseball). They have recorded 201 doubles, while walking 508 times as well as putting up 584 runs.
Dong Won Park is a hitter you are going to want to keep your eye on for Kiwoom. Park has drawn a free base 229 times while fanning on 553 plate appearances. He has amassed 328 runs and has 396 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .330 and he holds a career OPS of .757. He has gone yard 95 times, with 1,034 total bases and a .427 slugging percentage. During the 2,424 official at-bats in his career, Park has an average at the plate of .258 in addition to 626 base hits.
The Kiwoom Heroes have turned 128 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .977 (10th in KBO). The Heroes have accrued 1,227 assists, 102 errors and have amassed 3,013 putouts for the year. Of their 94 attempts at getting a steal, they have had success 65 times and been caught 29 times (30.9% caught stealing percentage).
The Kiwoom pitching staff have conceded 568 runs on the year while having an ERA of 4.32 (486 earned runs yielded). They have given up 89 home runs and they concede 5.05 runs per 9 innings (5th in KBO). The Heroes hold a team WHIP of 1.475 and have a FIP of 5.05 as a staff so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 1.57 (728 strikeouts against 465 walks). They come in at 4th in the league as a staff in total hits relinquished with 1,028.
In his pro baseball career, Ahn has surrendered 228 hits while tallying 243 K's in 240 frames. He has given up 123 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.409 and a FIP of 5.1. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.19 and he has gone up against 1,052 hitters thus far in his career. Ahn (14-19 career record) has a 4.60 ERA and has conceded 8.5 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take NC (+117)
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