SSG Landers vs KT Wiz Prediction, 8/26/2021 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: SSG Landers vs KT Wiz
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Location: Suwon KT Wiz Park in Suwon, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: SSG (+122) KT (-163)
Suwon KT Wiz Park is the site where Sang-baek Eom and the KT Wiz (51-35, 1st in KBO) will play the SSG Landers (44-42, 6th in KBO) on Thursday. The Landers open this matchup at +122 while the Wiz are coming in at -163. The total opens at 9.5. The starting pitchers are Tae-yang Lee and Sang-baek Eom.
SSG has a slugging percentage of .417 and have struck out 652 times, while drawing a walk on 403 occasions. They have compiled 435 RBI's as well as 786 hits for the season, while their team batting average comes in at .256. The Landers have hit 127 doubles as a unit and have knocked 119 balls out of the park. They have a total of 462 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .352. As a team, the SSG Landers are scoring 5.1 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 6th in baseball.
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Joo Hwan Choi is a batter who should be able to impact this game for SSG. In his career, Choi has drilled 78 balls out of the park while knocking in 462 runs. He has accumulated a slugging percentage of .449 and he has a total of 1,275 bases. For his time in baseball, he came to the plate 3,213 times and has delivered with a hit 833 times. He has struck out 407 times and has taken a walk on 266 occasions, contributing to a .359 on-base percentage. Choi is sitting with a batting avereage of .294 for his time in baseball, with 406 runs scored and an OPS of .808.
The SSG Landers are sitting with 2,418 putouts thus far, in addition to 868 assists and 66 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .980 which ranks 7th in Korean baseball and they have twisted 84 double plays. The Landers have stolen 65 bags and have been gunned down 26 times, which means their caught stealing rate is 28.6%.
They have earned a K/BB ratio of 1.57 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.53. Landers pitchers have surrendered 100 long balls and 472 runs in total (3rd in baseball). SSG has allowed 814 base knocks (9.1 per 9 innings) as well as 439 earned runs. The Landers have compiled a team ERA of 4.90 for the year (8th in KBO), and the staff has rung up 657 hitters.
Lee has taken the ball for 594 frames and is sitting with 418 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. Lee (24-39 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 6.24 while he has gone up against 2,621 opposing hitters in baseball. His earned run average is 4.65 (343 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.311. He has surrendered 672 base hits (9.1 hits per 9 innings) and has 207 free passes.
The KT Wiz have earned a team OBP of .362 as well as a batting average of .266 on the season. They have been called out on strikes on 634 occasions (4th in KBO) and have tallied 775 hits. KT has hit 68 long balls for the season in addition to 424 runs batted in. The Wiz have a SLG% of .387 and they have an average of 5.24 runs per outing (4th in the league). They have recorded 135 two-baggers, while taking a walk 407 times and scoring 456 runs.
Baek-ho Kang is one batter you are going to want to keep your eye on for KT. Over the course of the 1,779 at-bats in his pro career, Kang has hit .329 with 586 base hits. He has hit a home run 76 times, in addition to having 946 total bases and also a .532 slugging percentage. Kang has earned a walk 245 times while fanning on 357 chances. He has a total of 323 runs in addition to having earned 306 runs batted in. His on-base percentage is .411 and he also has a has a OPS in his career of .943.
The KT Wiz have twisted 82 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .980 (8th in KBO). The Wiz have racked up 895 assists, 65 errors and have notched a total of 2,299 putouts for the season. In their 68 chances at swiping a bag, they have had success 53 times and been caught 15 times (22.1% caught stealing percentage).
The Wiz are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.377 with a FIP of 4.57 as a team for the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 1.96 (651 strikeouts against 332 free passes). They are sitting at 9th in the league as a staff in total hits surrendered with 723. They have given up 57 HR's and they concede 4.57 runs per 9 innings (2nd in baseball). The KT pitching staff have allowed 389 runs on the year and come in with a team ERA of 4.06 (346 earned runs surrendered).
Thus far in his career, Eom has allowed 367 base hits while earning 249 punch outs in 313 innings. He has given up a total of 213 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.687 and being the owner of a FIP of 6.7. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.55 and he has gone up against 1,451 opposing batters so far in his career. Eom (11-25 career mark) holds a 6.12 earned run average while giving up 10.6 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take SSG (+122)
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