Kiwoom Heroes vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 5/4/2022 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kiwoom Heroes vs Kia Tigers
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Jung Hoo Lee and the Kiwoom Heroes (15-11, 3rd in KBO) go to Gwangju Kia Champions Field on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, where they'll meet the Kia Tigers (10-15, 8th in KBO).
As a unit, the Kiwoom Heroes are knocking in 3.7 runs per contest, which has them at 8th in the league. They have accumulated 97 runs scored while having a team OBP of .309. The Heroes have tallied 43 two-baggers as a team and have hit 18 balls out of the stadium. They have recorded 93 runs batted in in addition to 205 base knocks for the year, while their team batting average comes in at .233. Kiwoom is slugging .354 and have been called out on strikes 186 times, while being walked on 77 occasions.
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Jung Hoo Lee is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Kiwoom. In his career, Lee has slapped 39 baseballs out of the park while driving in 373 runs. During his time in professional baseball, he came to the plate 3,017 times and came through with a base hit 905 times. Lee has hit .339 for his time in baseball, in addition to 454 runs scored and an OPS of .881. He has amassed a slugging percentage of .478 in addition to having tallied 1,274 bases. He has struck out 251 times and has gotten a free base on 276 occasions, contributing to a .403 on-base percentage.
The Heroes have stolen 8 bases and have been thrown out 8 times, which means their caught stealing rate is 50.0%. The Kiwoom Heroes have earned 708 putouts so far this season, as well as 312 assists and 18 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .983 which has them ranked 3rd in KBO and have a total of 23 double plays.
They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.22 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.20. Heroes pitchers have allowed 10 long balls and 94 total runs (7th in baseball). Kiwoom has surrendered 203 base hits (7.7 per 9 innings) and 81 earned runs. The Heroes have compiled a team earned run average of 3.09 on the campaign (3rd in KBO), and their staff has struck out 180 hitters.
Kia has hit 12 home runs this year to go along with 99 RBIs. They have notched 49 doubles, while walking 92 times and scoring 106 runs. The Kia Tigers have accumulated a team on-base percentage of .340 in addition to a team batting average of .260 so far this season. The Tigers hold a slugging % of .368 and they are earning 4.24 runs per outing (3rd in KBO). They have struck out on 185 occasions (6th in the league) and have a total of 222 base hits.
Sun Bin Kim is a hitter who can be a difference maker for Kia. For the 4,115 at-bats in his professional career, Kim has earned a batting average of .303 and has racked up 1,248 base knocks. He has gone yard 29 times, with 1,565 bases in total and also a .380 slugging %. Kim has earned a free base 460 times while striking out on 423 tries. He has compiled 608 runs and racked up 462 runs batted in. His on-base percentage sits at .374 and he holds a has a OPS in his career of .754.
The Kia Tigers have twisted 12 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .967 (9th in KBO). The Tigers have racked up 231 assists, 30 errors and have accounted for 654 putouts so far this season. In their 20 attempts at stealing a base, they have been successful 12 times and been caught 8 times (40.0% caught stealing rate).
The Tigers have a team WHIP of 1.271 with a FIP of 4.38 as a squad over the course of the season. Their K/BB ratio is 2.52 (189 strikeouts against 75 free passes). They are currently ranked 7th in the league as a staff in total hits allowed with 202. They have allowed 15 dingers and they surrender 4.38 runs per 9 innings (7th in baseball). The Kia pitching staff have surrendered 106 runs for the year while holding an ERA of 3.51 (85 earned runs surrendered).
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kiwoom
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