Samsung Lions vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 4/29/2022 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Samsung Lions vs Kia Tigers
Date: Friday, April 29, 2022
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
TV: MBC Sports+
Odds/Point Spread: Samsung (-135) Kia (-123)
Jose Pirela and the Samsung Lions (8-13, 9th in KBO) head to Gwangju Kia Champions Field on Friday, April 29, 2022, where they'll take on the Kia Tigers (10-10, 6th in KBO). The line on this game has the Lions priced at -135 and the Tigers are at -123. The total is set at 6.5.
As a unit, the Samsung Lions are scoring 4.4 runs per outing, which puts them at 3rd in the league. They have earned 92 runs scored and have an OBP of .312. The Lions have tallied 32 doubles as a squad and have smacked 9 balls out of the park. They have compiled 84 runs batted in in addition to 172 hits on the campaign, and their average at the plate comes in at .241. Samsung is slugging .330 and have struck out 133 times, while getting the free base on 67 occasions.
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Jose Pirela is a batter who can be a difference maker for Samsung. For his professional baseball career, Pirela has hit 169 balls out of the park while knocking in 906 runs. His career slugging percentage is .427 and he has a total of 3,100 bases. In his time in the Majors, he stepped up to the plate 8,101 times and got on base with a hit 2,051 times. He has struck out 1,169 times and earned a walk on 647 at-bats, which has contributed to a .346 OBP. Pirela has hit .283 in his time in baseball, with 1,144 runs scored and an OPS of .773.
The Lions have stolen 6 bases and have been thrown out 5 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage comes in at 45.5%. The Samsung Lions have amassed 546 putouts so far this season, in addition to 214 assists and 23 errors. Their fielding rate is at .971 which is 8th in Korean baseball and have 17 double plays.
They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.37 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.31. Lions pitchers have given up 16 long balls and 93 total runs (3rd in baseball). Samsung has conceded 181 hits (9.0 per 9 innings) as well as 78 earned runs. The Lions have compiled a team earned run average of 3.86 on the year (8th in KBO), and their staff has struck out 135 hitters.
Kia has knocked in 10 long balls for the year to go along with 87 runs batted in. They have notched 41 two-baggers, while taking a walk 76 times as well as scoring 92 runs. The Kia Tigers have earned a team OBP of .340 and a batting average of .257 on the season. The Tigers have a team slugging % of .370 and they earn 4.60 runs per contest (2nd in KBO). They have been called out on strikes on 146 occasions (5th in baseball) and are sitting with 174 base hits.
Sun Bin Kim is a hitter who can be a difference maker for Kia. In the 4,115 at-bats in his career, Kim has accrued an average at the plate of .303 in addition to having 1,248 base hits. He has gone yard 29 times, as well as 1,565 total bases and also a .380 slugging %. Kim has drawn a free base 460 times while going down on strikes on 423 attempts. He has accrued 608 runs and also has 462 RBIs. His OBP comes in at .374 and he has a lifetime OPS of .754.
Of their 14 chances at getting a steal, they have made it 9 times and been caught 5 times (35.7% caught stealing rate). The Kia Tigers have turned 9 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .962 (10th in Korean baseball). The Tigers have racked up 184 assists, 28 errors and have a total of 525 putouts on the season.
The Tigers hold a team WHIP of 1.257 and have a FIP of 4.27 as a pitching staff on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.34 (150 strikeouts against 64 bases on balls). They are sitting at 9th in the league as a staff in total hits relinquished with 156. They have given up 11 dingers and they allow 4.27 runs per 9 innings (7th in KBO). The Kia pitching staff have yielded 83 runs for the season while having an ERA of 3.19 (62 earned runs surrendered).
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Samsung (-135)
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