Lotte Giants vs KIA Tigers: Predictions, Odds & Live Stream
- Lotte Giants hope to launch themselves up the KBO rankings with a win over fourth-place KIA Tigers.
- This is a matchup between the fourth seed KIA Tigers and sixth seed Lotte Giants.
- This is the first match of their three-match series!
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Game Odds – Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Lotte Giants vs KIA Tigers 5:30 AM EST (ESPN)
|DraftKings||PA, IN, NJ, IA, WV|
Lotte Giants and KIA Tigers compete in what will be the first match of a three-game series to open the month of June.
A win for Lotte Giants would give them a big boost in the KBO standings, pushing them as high as fourth in the league table.
A win for KIA Tigers would give them a full game separation from Lotte Giants and could give them sole possession of the fourth place in the KBO table.
Lotte Giants Team Notes
|Manager:||HER Mun Hoe|
|Standing:||11-12-0 (6th in KBO)|
Previous Match Highlights (31-05-2020)
Likely Pitchers:NOH Kyung Eun, PARK Se Woong
Lotte Giants are coming off of an exciting victory over Doosan Bears in their last match. Pitcher Lee In Bok threw the winning game that ended up going to extra innings. Tied up with three runs a piece going into the ninth, Lotte Giants had a five run eleventh inning to bring the game home.
The Giants’ bullpen are ranked fifth in the KBO. they are positng a 4.80 ERA and have a negative win-loss ratio. They have allowed 210 hits, third-least in the league, and just 118 runs, also third-least in the league.
Lotte Giants pitcher NOH Kyung Eun is allowing a less than impressive 5.57 runs per nine innings. PARK Se Woong may get a chance at redemption as he’s pitched 18 innings over four matches, but is allowing an average of 6.5 runs over nine innings.
The Giants are a bit inconsistent at-bat to say the least. They are hitting .255 as a team and are third-last in the league in total runs.
Lotte only have four players hitting over .300 on the season and team hitting leader Jung Hoon has only 36 plate appearances.
KIA Tigers Team Notes
|Standing:||12-12-0 (t-4th in KBO)|
Previous Match Highlights (31-05-2020)
Likely Pitchers: IM Gi Yeong, YANG Hyeon Jong, Aaron Brooks
KIA Tigers are in a rather negative run of form as of late, winning just a single match out of their last four. Despite levelling the game after the second inning against LG, KIA gave up 10 runs in the subsequent innings to their own single run in the ninth.
KIA Tigers don’t stray far from a trusted few at the mound. They are ranked third in the league in team ERA at 4.42 over 24 matches.
It was a disappointing evening for the usually steady Andrew Gagnon. Manager Matthew Williams has been quite picky when it comes to his bullpen, with only five of his pitchers throwing more than 20 innings so far this season. IM Gi Yeong in particular has just one win to his three losses, despite throwing a competitive 3.95 ERA.
KIA are much more average when you take a look at their batting numbers. Ranked fifth in the KBO at-bat, KIA Tigers are hitting at just .276 on the season with just 114 total runs on the season.
Reliable hitters KIM Sun Bin, NA Ji Wan, and Tucker Preston look to help KIA get back on track afer mustering only five runs to their opponents 13 in their last match. The trio all rank in the top 15 batting leaders this season, each hitting well above .300.
WSN’s Pick: KIA Tigers def. Lotte Giants
This will be a crucial series for both teams going into this match. Both teams are in similarly poor runs of form, but have shown some decent hitting ability in losses. Given how tight this match projects to be, we give the slight edge to KIA Tigers due to their pitching advantage.