Lotte Giants vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 4/14/2022 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lotte Giants vs Kia Tigers
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
Odds/Point Spread: Lotte (+112) Kia (-149)
Chan-Ho Park and the Kia Tigers (4-5, 5th in KBO) host the Lotte Giants (4-5, 6th in KBO) at Gwangju Kia Champions Field on Thursday, April 14, 2022. The Giants open this contest at +112 while the Tigers are priced at -149. The O/U is set at 8.5.
As a team, the Lotte Giants are knocking in 3.4 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 6th in KBO. They have tallied 31 runs and have an OBP of .320. The Giants have hit 13 doubles as a squad and have smacked 3 balls out of the stadium. They have tallied 29 RBI's in addition to 77 base knocks on the year, while their batting average is .249. Lotte has a slugging rate of .320 and have been rung up 69 times, while drawing a walk on 30 occasions.
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Hoon Jung is one batter you are going to want to keep your eye on for Lotte. For his pro baseball career, Jung has hit 60 baseballs over the fence while driving in 414 runs. He has earned a slugging percentage of .394 and he has racked up 1,291 bases. In his time in the Majors, he came to the plate 3,814 times and has delivered with a hit 909 times. He has struck out 700 times and earned a walk on 382 at-bats, which contributes in part to a .362 on-base percentage. Jung has hit .277 for his baseball career, with 519 runs scored and an OPS of .756.
The Lotte Giants have earned 244 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 69 assists and 9 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .972 which has them ranked 7th in Korean baseball and have 5 double plays. The Giants have stolen 5 bags and have been gunned down 2 times, which shows us their caught stealing percentage sits at 28.6%.
The Giants hold a team ERA of 2.66 for the season (4th in the league), and the staff has rung up 90 hitters. Giants pitchers have yielded 2 long balls and also 33 total runs (5th in the league). Lotte has allowed 72 base hits (8.0 per 9 innings) as well as 24 earned runs. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.46 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.21.
Kia has 4 long balls on the season in addition to 32 runs batted in. They have recorded 10 doubles, while taking a walk 39 times and notching 32 runs. The Kia Tigers have accounted for a team OBP of .321 in addition to a batting average of .214 this year. The Tigers hold a team slugging % of .298 and they earn 3.56 runs per contest (4th in baseball). They have been rung up on 66 occasions (7th in KBO) and have notched a total of 61 hits.
Chan-Ho Park is one batter you are going to want to keep your eye on for Kia. Park has recorded a free base 132 times while striking out on 305 attempts. He is sitting with 201 runs in addition to having 157 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .292 and he has earned a lifetime OPS of .583. He has gone yard 6 times, with 472 total bases and also a .291 slugging %. During the 1,623 official at-bats in his pro career, Park has a batting average of .234 with 380 base knocks.
Out of their 8 chances at getting a steal, they have had success 5 times and been caught 3 times (37.5% caught stealing percentage). The Kia Tigers have twisted 3 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .952 (10th in the league). The Tigers have accrued 80 assists, 16 errors and have accounted for 234 putouts this season.
The Kia pitching staff have surrendered 49 runs on the campaign while having a team ERA of 3.81 (33 earned runs relinquished). They have allowed 6 homers and they relinquish 5.65 runs per 9 innings (10th in KBO). The Tigers hold a team WHIP of 1.282 and are the owners of a FIP of 5.65 as a squad so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.96 (77 strikeouts against 26 walks). They are currently ranked 2nd in KBO as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 74.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kia (-149)
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