Samsung Lions vs NC Dinos Prediction, 7/3/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Samsung Lions vs NC Dinos
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
Location: Changwon NC Park in Changwon, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: Samsung (-175) NC (+129)
David Buchanan and the Samsung Lions (41-32, 4th in KBO) go to Changwon NC Park on Saturday where they'll meet the NC Dinos (36-32, 5th in KBO). The Dinos open this matchup at +129 while the Lions are coming in at -175. The O/U is set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are David Buchanan and Jae-hak Lee.
Samsung has a slugging rate of .413 and have struck out 452 times, while being walked on 278 occasions. They have accounted for 355 RBI's and 692 base knocks so far this year, while their team batting average sits at .275. The Lions have hit 107 doubles as a team and have knocked 73 balls out of the park. They have 379 runs scored and hold an OBP of .350. As a team, the Samsung Lions are scoring 5.1 runs per game, which ranks them 7th in KBO.
Min-ho Kang is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Samsung. In his pro baseball career, Kang has slapped 283 balls over the fence while knocking in 998 runs. During his time in professional baseball, he came to the plate 7,100 times and has come through with a base hit 1,715 times. Kang has a batting average of .277 for his career, in addition to 798 scored runs and an OPS of .822. He is sitting with a career slugging percentage of .466 and he has a total of 2,889 bases. He has struck out 1,331 times and has walked on 655 occasions, contributing to a .356 on-base %.
The Samsung Lions have 1,953 putouts thus far, in addition to 690 assists and 49 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .982 which has them sitting 5th in Korean baseball and have accumulated 67 double plays. The Lions have swiped 34 bases and have been thrown out 16 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage sits at 32.0%.
Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.78 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.50. Lions pitchers have surrendered 75 long balls in addition to 349 total runs (7th in the league). Samsung has allowed 675 base knocks (9.3 per 9 innings) and 314 earned runs. The Lions have an earned run average of 4.34 on the campaign (5th in KBO), and their staff has rung up 536 batters.
Buchanan has thrown 1,680 innings and has 1,076 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 3.96 (739 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.348. He has surrendered 1,750 hits (9.4 hits per nine innings) and has had 515 free passes. Buchanan (105-99 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.37 while he has faced 7,169 hitters during his time in baseball.
The NC Dinos have accounted for an on-base percentage of .364 and a team batting average of .275 on the year. They have been rung up on 510 occasions (5th in the league) and have a total of 666 hits. NC has hit 99 home runs over the course of the season to go along with 380 runs batted in. The Dinos have a team slugging percentage of .450 and they are earning 5.73 runs per game (1st in the league). They have hit 115 two-baggers, while taking a walk 294 times as well as putting up 401 runs.
Sung-Bum Na is one batter you are going to want to keep your eye on for NC. Na has tallied a walk 350 times while going down on strikes on 974 chances. He has accumulated 771 runs and racked up 777 runs batted in. His on-base percentage sits at .382 and he also has a has a OPS in his career of .920. He has gone yard 193 times, with 2,142 total bases and a .538 slugging %. For the 3,978 at-bats in his baseball career, Na has an average at the plate of .314 in addition to having 1,251 base hits.
The NC Dinos have turned 55 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .981 (6th in Korean baseball). The Dinos have recorded 622 assists, 48 errors and are sitting with 1,853 putouts on the season. Out of their 60 attempts at stealing a base, they got to the bag before the ball 39 times and been caught 21 times (35.0% caught stealing percentage).
The Dinos hold a team WHIP of 1.546 with a FIP of 5.23 as a pitching staff this season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.70 (525 strikeouts against 309 bases on balls). They rank 5th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 645. They have given up 63 dingers and they surrender 5.23 runs per 9 innings (7th in the league). The NC pitching staff have given up 359 runs this season and come in with a team ERA of 4.77 (327 earned runs allowed).
During his career, Lee has surrendered 1,110 base knocks and he has 942 punch outs in 1,101 innings. He has given up a total of 552 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.416 and a FIP of 4.9. His K/BB ratio is 2.10 and he has faced 4,812 opposing batters in his career. Lee (69-59 career mark) has earned a 4.51 ERA while giving up 9.1 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Samsung (-175)
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