NC Dinos vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 8/18/2022 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NC Dinos vs Kia Tigers
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
TV: KBS N Sports
Ui-ji Yang and the NC Dinos (43-54, 8th in KBO) travel to Gwangju Kia Champions Field on Thursday, August 18, 2022, where they'll take on the Kia Tigers (50-51, 5th in KBO).
As a team, the NC Dinos are putting up 4.3 runs per game, which has them sitting at 6th in baseball. They have notched a total of 432 runs scored and hold an OBP of .332. The Dinos have recorded 174 doubles as a team and have smacked 66 balls out of the park. They have accounted for 409 runs batted in and 866 hits for the season, while their batting average sits at .255. NC is slugging .370 and have been called out on strikes 685 times, while being walked on 344 occasions.
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Ui-ji Yang is one batter you are going to want to keep your eye on for NC. In his professional baseball career, Yang has hit 219 baseballs out of the park while driving in 904 runs. He is sitting with a career slugging percentage of .502 and he has racked up 2,457 bases. For his career, he stepped up to bat 5,715 times and has notched a hit 1,502 times. He has struck out 635 times and has been walked on 556 at-bats, contributing to a .390 on-base percentage. Yang has accumulated a batting average of .307 for his career, with 740 scored runs and an OPS of .892.
The Dinos have swiped 45 bases and have been caught 30 times, which shows us their caught stealing percentage is 40.0%. The NC Dinos have 2,680 putouts so far this season, in addition to 954 assists and 98 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .974 which puts them in 9th in Korean baseball and they have twisted 74 double plays.
The Dinos are sitting with a team ERA of 3.91 so far this season (5th in KBO), and their staff has rung up 832 hitters. NC has given up 868 hits (8.7 per 9 innings) and 388 earned runs. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.31 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.37. Dinos pitchers have relinquished 72 long balls in addition to 450 runs in total (6th in baseball).
The Kia Tigers have a team on-base percentage of .351 as well as a batting average of .272 so far this year. They have been rung up on 699 occasions (7th in the league) and have totaled 964 base hits. Kia has tallied 79 home runs on the year to go along with 485 runs batted in. The Tigers hold a team SLG% of .400 and they tally 5.06 runs per outing (2nd in the league). They have hit 185 two-baggers, while taking a walk 393 times as well as recording 516 runs.
Sung Bum Na is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Kia. In the 4,654 at-bats in his professional career, Na has accrued an average at the plate of .313 in addition to 1,459 base hits. He has gone deep 227 times, in addition to having 2,500 total bases and also a .537 slugging percentage. Na has recorded a walk 410 times while striking out on 1,160 occasions. He has amassed 878 runs and also has 903 RBIs. His on-base % is .381 and he has a lifetime OPS of .918.
In their 78 attempts at stealing a base, they got to the bag before the ball 47 times and been caught 31 times (39.7% caught stealing percentage). The Kia Tigers have turned 73 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .980 (5th in KBO). The Tigers have recorded 994 assists, 77 errors and have notched a total of 2,706 putouts so far this year.
The Tigers are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.391 with a FIP of 4.65 as a squad on the campaign. They are currently ranked 6th in KBO as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 896. The Kia pitching staff have allowed 466 runs for the season while having an ERA of 4.10 (411 earned runs relinquished). Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.06 (740 strikeouts against 359 free passes). They have yielded 85 home runs and they relinquish 4.65 runs per 9 innings (6th in KBO).
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take NC
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