Lotte Giants vs Kiwoom Heroes Prediction, 8/19/2023 KBO Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lotte Giants vs Kiwoom Heroes
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2023
Location: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
Gocheok Sky Dome is the venue where Jung Hoo Lee and the Kiwoom Heroes (43-63, 10th in KBO) will play the Lotte Giants (49-51, 7th in KBO) on Saturday, August 19, 2023.
As a unit, the Lotte Giants are recording 4.5 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 6th in baseball. They have accounted for 446 runs scored while having a team OBP of .335. The Giants have earned 148 two-baggers as a unit and have smacked 50 balls out of the park. They have amassed 413 RBI's in addition to 878 hits on the campaign, while their average at the plate is sitting at .261. Lotte has a slugging rate of .358 and have been called out on strikes 684 times, while drawing a walk on 368 occasions.
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Chi-Hong Ahn is a batter who should be able to impact this game for Lotte. In his pro baseball career, Ahn has slapped 137 baseballs over the fence while knocking in 829 runs. Over the course of his time in the league, he approached the plate 6,345 times and has delivered with a base hit 1,660 times. Ahn is sitting with a batting avereage of .298 for his career, with 816 runs scored and an OPS of .800. His slugging percentage sits at .437 and he has a total of 2,437 bases. He has struck out 835 times and has gotten a free base on 543 occasions, contributing to a .363 OBP.
The Lotte Giants have accounted for 2,674 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 954 assists and 64 errors. Their fielding rate is at .983 which puts them in 1st in Korean baseball and have a total of 75 double plays. The Giants have stolen 62 bases and have been gunned down 30 times, which tells us their caught stealing percentage is 32.6%.
The Giants have a team ERA of 4.41 on the campaign (9th in baseball), and the staff has rung up 724 batters. Lotte has yielded 948 hits (9.6 per 9 innings) in addition to 437 earned runs. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.85 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.50. Giants pitchers have surrendered 58 long balls in addition to 481 total runs (3rd in baseball).
The Heroes have a slugging percentage of .343 and they are earning 4.09 runs per contest (10th in the league). The have tallied 167 two-baggers, while taking a walk 377 times and putting up 446 runs. Kiwoom has accounted for 45 long balls this season to go along with 426 RBIs. They have struck out on 828 instances (1st in baseball) and have recorded 965 hits. The Kiwoom Heroes have recorded an on-base percentage of .327 as well as a batting average of .253 for the season.
Jung Hoo Lee is a hitter who should impact this game for Kiwoom. Over the course of the 3,475 at-bats in his pro career, Lee has earned a batting average of .340 in addition to 1,181 base hits. He has homered 65 times, with 1,706 total bases and also a .491 slugging percentage. Lee has drawn a walk 383 times while fanning on 304 tries. He has scored 581 runs and racked up 515 runs batted in. His on-base percentage is .407 and he has earned a career OPS of .898.
The Kiwoom Heroes have turned 94 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .980 (5th in KBO). The Heroes have recorded 1,085 assists, 80 errors and have accounted for 2,932 putouts this year. In their 127 tries at getting a steal, they have been successful 95 times and been caught 32 times (25.2% caught stealing rate).
The Kiwoom pitching staff have given up 520 runs over the course of the season while holding a team ERA of 4.30 (467 earned runs relinquished). They have surrendered 61 homers and they yield 4.79 runs per 9 innings (8th in KBO). The Heroes have a WHIP of 1.422 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.79 as a unit this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.02 (752 strikeouts against 372 free passes). They are sitting at 1st in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 1,017.
Who will win tonight's KBO game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Lotte
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