Kiwoom Heroes vs Kia Tigers Prediction, 8/17/2023 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kiwoom Heroes vs Kia Tigers
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2023
Location: Gwangju Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, South Korea
Gwangju Kia Champions Field is the venue where Chan-Ho Park and the Kia Tigers (45-47, 6th in KBO) will play the Kiwoom Heroes (43-62, 10th in KBO) on Thursday, August 17, 2023.
Kiwoom is slugging .344 and have struck out 817 times, while being walked on 373 occasions. They have accumulated 423 RBI's as well as 957 base knocks for the year, and their batting average is at .254. The Heroes have hit 166 doubles as a team and have knocked 45 balls out of the park. They have accumulated 443 runs while holding a team OBP of .327. As a team, the Kiwoom Heroes are scoring 4.1 runs per game, which has them at 10th in the league.
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Hyung Jong Lee is a hitter who should be able to impact this game for Kiwoom. In his career, Lee has hit 66 balls out of the park while knocking in 286 runs. He has amassed a slugging percentage of .424 and he has accumulated 943 bases. In his time spent in pro baseball, he came to the plate 2,553 times and has delivered with a base hit 608 times. He has been struck out 460 times and earned a walk on 227 occasions, contributing to a .355 OBP. Lee has accumulated a batting average of .274 for his time in baseball, with 318 scored runs and an OPS of .779.
The Heroes have stolen 92 bags and have been thrown out 32 times, which shows us their caught stealing percentage comes in at 25.8%. The Kiwoom Heroes have accounted for 2,908 putouts this season, in addition to 1,077 assists and 77 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .981 which puts them in 4th in KBO and have accumulated 93 double plays.
The Heroes have a team ERA of 4.27 so far this season (8th in KBO), and their staff has struck out 746 batters. Kiwoom has surrendered 1,003 base hits (9.3 per 9 innings) and 460 earned runs. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.03 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.41. Heroes pitchers have relinquished 61 home runs and 509 runs (2nd in the league).
The Kia Tigers have accumulated a team OBP of .338 and a batting average of .266 this year. They have struck out on 655 instances (8th in the league) and have tallied 856 base hits. Kia has compiled 63 home runs this season as well as 418 runs batted in. The Tigers hold a slugging % of .377 and they are recording 4.78 runs per contest (2nd in baseball). They hit 144 two-baggers, while getting a free base 335 times and racking up 449 runs.
Chan-Ho Park is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Kia. Park has tallied a walk 216 times while fanning on 411 attempts. His OBP comes in at .309 and he holds a career OPS of .618. For the 2,423 official at-bats in his career, Park has earned a batting average of .248 in addition to having 602 hits. He has amassed 327 runs and also has 230 runs batted in. He has hit a home run 12 times, as well as 748 total bases and a .309 slugging percentage.
The Kia Tigers have twisted 89 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .981 (5th in Korean baseball). The Tigers have racked up 835 assists, 66 errors and have 2,497 putouts for the year. Out of their 83 chances at getting a steal, they have been successful 62 times and been caught 21 times (25.3% caught stealing percentage).
The Kia pitching staff have surrendered 411 runs on the year and come in with a team ERA of 3.93 (363 earned runs yielded). They have given up 52 long balls and they relinquish 4.44 runs per 9 innings (5th in baseball). The Tigers have a WHIP of 1.435 in addition to having a FIP of 4.44 as a unit for the year. Their K/BB ratio is 1.73 (673 strikeouts against 389 walks). They are sitting at 9th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 805.
Who will win tonight's KBO game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kiwoom
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