Kia Tigers vs Hanwha Eagles Prediction, 5/7/2022 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs Hanwha Eagles
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Location: Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, South Korea
TV: KBS N Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Kia (-136) Hanwha (-102)
Hanwha Life Eagles Park is the venue where Eun-won Jung and the Hanwha Eagles (11-18, 9th in KBO) will play the Kia Tigers (12-16, 8th in KBO) on Saturday, May 7, 2022. The Tigers open this matchup at -136 while the Eagles are coming in at -102. The over/under has been set at 7.5.
As a squad, the Kia Tigers are putting up 4.3 runs per game, which ranks them 3rd in KBO. They have tallied 121 runs while holding a team OBP of .343. The Tigers have hit 58 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 16 balls out of the park. They have 113 runs batted in as well as 245 base knocks this year, while their average at the plate sits at .257. Kia is slugging .379 and have struck out 205 times, while drawing a walk on 110 occasions.
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Dae In Hwang is a hitter who can be a difference maker for Kia. For his professional baseball career, Hwang has hit 21 balls out of the park while knocking in 86 runs. He has earned a slugging percentage of .409 and he has totaled 233 bases. In his time in the Majors, he stepped up to bat 632 times and has come through with a base knock 144 times. He has been struck out 140 times and earned a walk on 46 at-bats, which has contributed to a .314 on-base percentage. Hwang has hit .253 for his baseball career, in addition to 52 runs scored and an OPS of .723.
The Tigers have stolen 12 bases and have been thrown out 8 times, which means their caught stealing rate is 40.0%. The Kia Tigers have a total of 735 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 257 assists and 33 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .968 which is 9th in the league and have a total of 12 double plays.
Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.68 and the pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.22. Tigers pitchers have conceded 16 home runs and also 117 total runs (4th in the league). Kia has yielded 222 base knocks (8.2 per 9 innings) and also 92 earned runs. The Tigers have an ERA of 3.38 so far this season (5th in KBO), and the staff has struck out 209 batters.
Hanwha has recorded 15 long balls so far this season as well as 90 RBIs. They have recorded 32 doubles, while getting a free base 106 times as well as putting up 101 runs. The Hanwha Eagles have accumulated an on-base percentage of .308 and a batting average of .225 so far this season. The Eagles have a SLG% of .309 and they are earning 3.48 runs per game (10th in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 264 occasions (1st in KBO) and have accounted for 216 hits.
Eun-won Jung is a hitter you are going to want to keep your eye on for Hanwha. For the 1,619 at-bats in his career, Jung has accrued an average at the plate of .262 with 424 base hits. He has gone yard 23 times, with 594 total bases and a .367 slugging percentage. Jung has tallied a walk 228 times while striking out on 320 tries. He has scored 245 runs in addition to having earned 152 RBIs. His on-base percentage sits at .353 and he holds a lifetime OPS of .720.
The Hanwha Eagles have twisted 15 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .967 (10th in KBO). The Eagles have accrued 279 assists, 35 errors and have amassed 750 putouts during this campaign. Of their 31 chances at getting a steal, they have had success 21 times and been caught 10 times (32.3% caught stealing percentage).
The Eagles have a WHIP of 1.440 in addition to having a FIP of 4.93 as a pitching staff for the year. Their K/BB ratio is 1.70 (190 strikeouts vs 112 walks). They rank 3rd in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 248. They have given up 20 dingers and they relinquish 4.93 runs per 9 innings (10th in baseball). The Hanwha pitching staff have conceded 137 runs this season while having a team ERA of 4.21 (117 earned runs surrendered).
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kia (-136)
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