Kia Tigers vs NC Dinos Prediction, 9/22/2022 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kia Tigers vs NC Dinos
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022
Location: Changwon NC Park in Changwon, South Korea
TV: SBS SPORTS
Sung Bum Na and the Kia Tigers (62-67, 5th in KBO) head to Changwon NC Park on Thursday, September 22, 2022, where they'll take on the NC Dinos (58-66, 6th in KBO).
As a squad, the Kia Tigers are recording 5.1 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 2nd in KBO. They have 661 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .349. The Tigers have compiled 230 two-baggers as a unit and have knocked 104 balls out of the park. They have accumulated 623 RBI's and 1,231 base knocks for the year, while their team batting average sits at .272. Kia is slugging .400 and have struck out 887 times, while taking a walk on 492 occasions.
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Sung Bum Na is a batter who can be a difference maker for Kia. Na has hit .314 for his baseball career, with 899 runs scored and an OPS of .919. He has struck out 1,184 times and has been walked on 428 at-bats, which contributes in part to a .382 OBP. In his career, Na has drilled 232 balls out of the park while driving in 922 runs. His slugging percentage is .537 and he has a total of 2,554 bases. Over the course of his pro career, he faced a pitcher 5,348 times and got on base with a base hit 1,492 times.
The Kia Tigers have notched a total of 3,464 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 1,258 assists and 100 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .979 which ranks 6th in KBO and have a total of 99 double plays. The Tigers have stolen 59 bases and have been caught 40 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage comes in at 40.4%.
They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.99 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.41. Tigers pitchers have allowed 109 long balls in addition to 616 total runs (5th in baseball). Kia has conceded 1,158 hits (9.0 per 9 innings) and also 543 earned runs. The Tigers are sitting with a team ERA of 4.23 this year (6th in KBO), and the staff has struck out 941 batters.
NC has accumulated 101 HRs this season in addition to 565 runs batted in. They have 217 doubles, while taking a walk 449 times and notching 594 runs. The NC Dinos have compiled a team on-base percentage of .336 and a team batting average of .258 this year. The Dinos hold a team SLG% of .383 and they average 4.68 runs per game (4th in KBO). They have struck out on 861 occasions (9th in the league) and have 1,118 base hits.
Ui-ji Yang is a batter who should be able to impact this game for NC. In the 4,994 official at-bats in his pro career, Yang has accumulated a batting average of .307 in addition to having 1,535 hits. He has hit a home run 228 times, as well as 2,523 total bases and also a .505 slugging percentage. Yang has recorded a walk 564 times while fanning on 643 occasions. He has accounted for 761 runs and has 937 RBIs. His on-base rate is .390 and he also has a lifetime OPS of .895.
Of their 93 tries at swiping a bag, they have been successful 55 times and been caught 38 times (40.9% caught stealing rate). The NC Dinos have turned 98 double plays and have a fielding rate of .976 (9th in Korean baseball). The Dinos have recorded 1,209 assists, 114 errors and have earned 3,401 putouts this season.
The Dinos hold a team WHIP of 1.365 in addition to having a FIP of 4.61 as a unit so far this year. They sit at 9th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 1,094. The NC pitching staff have allowed 581 runs this season while having a team ERA of 4.00 (504 earned runs yielded). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.27 (1,028 strikeouts vs 453 free passes). They have surrendered 101 long balls and they concede 4.61 runs per 9 innings (5th in the league).
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take NC
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