(KBO) NC Dinos vs Kiwoom Heroes - Predictions, Odds & Live Stream
The NC Dinos celebrate a win over the Kia Tigers in the KBO (Image: AP)
- This midweek series is between the top two teams in the KBO, NC Dinos and Kiwoom Heroes!
- Kiwoom’s starting pitchers have been awful as of late, posting more than a 10.00 ERA over their last ten games.
- NC outfielder NA Sung Bum is top five in three different hitting categories!
KBO TV and Live Streaming Info
|TV Channel:||ESPN2, SPOTV|
|Date & Time:||Tuesday, July 14, 2020; 5:30 AM EST|
|Venue:||Gocheok Sky Dome|
|Live Stream:||Watch on ESPN+ here!; KBO Twitch Channel, Live stream on DraftKings!|
Game Odds – NC Dinos vs Kiwoom Heroes
|Sportsbook||NC Dinos||Kiwoom Heroes|
|BetMGM (NJ, NV, IN, WV)||+115|
|DraftKings (PA, IN, NJ, IA, WV)||+114|
|888Sport NJ (NJ)||+114|
|BetRivers (IN, PA, CO)||+114|
All eyes are on this Monday matchup between the top two teams in the KBO. NC Dinos look to secure their top seed while Kiwoom Heroes looks to bridge the gap.
Kiwoom Heroes will have home-field advantage in this matchup, where they are 21-9-0.
A win for NC Dinos would give them a 6.5 game lead over second-place Kiwoom Heroes.
A win for Kiwoom Heroes would bring them within 4.5 games of league leaders NC Dinos.
NC Dinos Team Notes
|Manager:||LEE Dong Wook|
|Standing:||39-17-0 (1st in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: KIM Young Kyu, KOO Chang Mo, KANG Dong Yeon
NC Dinos enter this series with a 4-2-0 record against Kiwoom Heroes. NC Dinos are 7-2-1 over their last ten games and have a run differential of 22 over that span of time. Their .778 win percentage is first in the league over their last ten.
NC Dinos are still ranked in the top three in the league in terms of batting average. They are posting a .292 over their 57 games played and are leading the league in home runs (84), RBI’s (358), and total runs (372).
KAN Sung Jin is their most prolific batter, posting a .343 hitting average on the season. NA Sung Bum has also been a star for them so far this season, ranking fifth in RBI’s (48), fifth in total home runs (15), and fourth in total runs (46). Their deep stable of hitters boasts six different players hitting above .300 for the season.
NC’s bullpen may not be as impressive as their hitters, but their starting group has been impressive as a hole. On the season, the Dino’s starting pitchers are by far the best in the league, posting a 3.50 ERA. On the other hand, their relief pitchers are the worst in the league with a 6.36 ERA. On the bright side, NC’s relievers have tightened the screws over their last ten games, posting a 5.13 ERA to the starters’ 3.53.
There are a number of pitchers that manager LEE Dong Wook could choose from for this midweek series. Second year pitcher KIM Young Kyu has been up and down this season to say the least. He’s posting a 7.46 ERA on just over 25 innings pitched. If they want to get off to a strong start, there’s no better choice than KOO Chang Mo. The lefty is having the best season of his career, posting a 1.48 ERA over 11 games and 73 innings pitched.
Kiwoom Heroes Team Notes
|Standing:||35-24-0 (2nd in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: Eric Jokisch, MOON Sung Hyun, JO Seong Un
Kiwoom Heroes are hoping to make up for a lot of ground when they face off against NC Dinos. The series could bring them within 2.5 games of first place, or fall as low as fourth in the league depending on the results of this series.
The Heroes are currently ranked sixth overall in terms of batting in the KBO. They are posting a .274 hitting average over their 59 games, but are impressively ranked third overall in total home runs (65) and third in total RBI’s (315).
Home is where the Heroes shine, so they’ll hope that their 20 run differential on the season at Gocheok Sky Dome can be improved upon.
On the pitching side of things, Kiwoom Heroes are impressive. They are ranked fourth overall in the KBO with a 4.57 ERA, but have struggled over their last ten games. They have a -22 run differential over their most recent ten matches, justifying their .400 record in that span of time.
Consistency defines the Kiwoom bullpen and it shows in their season ERA splits. Their starters average a 4.60 ERA while their relievers average a 4.53 ERA. If you go down the list of Kiwoom pitchers, nine different players post a sub-5.00 ERA.
WSN’s Pick: NC Dinos def. Kiwoom Heroes
NC Dinos take the pick in this match up due to their recent positive run of form. While Kiwoom is strong at home, their recent 10.49 ERA by their starting pitchers is a massive concern against a talented hitting team like NC.
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