KBO Predictions, Picks, Betting Odds & Live Stream [May 26]
- After the weekend, NC Dinos have not lost grip over the top seed of the KBO.
- SK on the other hand, continue their awful season and now rest at the bottom of the league.
- LG Twins infielder Roberto Ramos now resides at the top of the home run leaders list with seven on the season!
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Game Odds – Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Samsung Lions vs Lotte Giants 5:30 AM EST (ESPN)
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Samsung Lions and Lotte Giants face off in a battle between two lower table teams with upper table aspirations.
Lotte Giants have finally climbed above .500, and a win would bring them back in the race with the top four.
Samsung Lions are coming off of a win, but are struggling to gain ground in the table, as a win would only bring them half a game of eighth in the table.
Samsung Lions Team Notes
|Manager:||HEO Sam Young|
|Standing:||6-12-0 (9th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: CHOI Chae Heung, WON Tae In, KWON Oh Joon
Samsung Lions are coming off of a shutout of Doosan Lions in Daegu, winning 13 to 0. After their first win in four games, Samsung Lions have their work cut out for them.
David Buchanan threw the winning game in their last outing and manager HEO Sam Young will look to his bullpen to continue the trend. Pitcher CHOI Chae Heung is throwing a 1.29 ERA over 298 pitches and very well may find himself at the mound on Tuesday.
Overall, Samsung’s bullpen has been less than impressive. They are posting a 5.24 ERA and have given up the third most hits in the league.
Unfortunately Samsung are even worse at bat. They are ninth in the league in batting average at .247 on the season. They’ve scored 89 runs and 15 home runs, despite their second-worst 145 hits on the year.
Outfielder KIM Dong Yub is one of Samsung’s most efficient hitters so far this season, posting a .289 average on 79 plate apearances. He’s scored 11 runs and contributed 4 home runs on the year. The same could be said of infielder KIM Sang Su, who is hitting at .389 over 70 plate appearances and has contributed 9 runs.
Lotte Giants Team Notes
|Manager:||HER Mun Hoe|
|Standing:||9-8-0 (6th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: LEE In Bok, Dan Straily, PARK Se Wong
Lotte Giants won their last match by a close margin. Their superior hitting won them the day in what was a close affair through eight innings.
Lotte aren’t the strongest team in the league pitching, but they’ve a servicable closing crew that has saved them many times. PARK Jin Hyung for example has thrown 125 pitches over nine games, posting a 0.00 ERA. What they will need is consistency from the mound from the onset to win.
They’re similarly average at bat as well. Lotte Giants rank sixth in the league with a .269 batting average. Their 84 runs are third worst in the league.
They’ve been able to rely on a certain few players to carry them at times, but their overall hitting roster could improve significantly. JUNG Hoon, Son Ah Seop, LEE Dae Ho, and JEON Jun Woo are their only players hitting over .300.
WSN’s Pick: Lotte Giants def. Samsung Lions
Lotte Giants are certain to bring the intensity when they face Samsung Lions. Lotte already took down the rising Kiwoom in their last match in a hard fought affair. If they can replicate their late consistency against Kiwoom against Samsung Lions, the match should be theirs.
SK Wyvrens vs Doosan Bears 5:30 AM EST (Twitch)
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SK Wyvrens and Doosan Bears meet in this matchup between the worst team in the league and one aiming to gain ground on the top position.
SK Wyvrens have been dreadful this season, securing only three wins in their 17 matches so far. A win would only bring them within two games of ninth place.
Doosan Bears could climb to within 3.5 games of the top spot with a win.
SK Wyvrens Team Notes
|Manager:||YOUM Kyoung Youb|
|Standing:||3-14-0 (10th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: LEE Geun Wook, LEE Won Joon, KIM Tae Hoon
On a positive note, SK Wyvrens are coming off of close victory against KIA Tigers on Sunday. JUNG Young Il threw the winning game, as they stole away a victory in the 12th inning.
As a team SK Wyvrens have been largely disappointing from the mound. They are posting a 5.42 ERA and have allowed the second-most hits in the league. They will hope that their extended bullpen can build on their recent late victory.
Unfortunately for SK, they are worse at-bat than they are pitching. They are hitting a league-worst .234 and have a league-worst 136 hits. They’ve only batted in 57 runs on the season.
SK only have five players batting over .300 and three of them have less than 30 plate appearances. HAN Dong Min has been their most reliable hitter, with 10 runs and six home runs on the season.
Doosan Bears Team Notes
|Manager:||KIM Tae Hyung|
|Standing:||10-7-0 (3rd in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: Christopher Flexen, YOO Hee Kwan, LEE Yong Chan
Doosan Bears won’t go away quietly. They are currently third in the league, a full game behind LG Twins for second in the KBO. They are coming off of a big loss on Sunday, but will look to regain their form against the worst team in the league.
After allowing 13 runs in their first game, Doosan Bears are sure to put a consistent pitcher on the mound in this game. Christopher Flexen has been their most reliable pitcher this season. He is posting a 2.70 ERA on 310 pitches, allowing only 17 hits.
They will have to get their hitting sorted as well, as they were held without a run in their last loss. The top hitting team in the league with a .323 average, Doosan Bears have their fair share of weapons at the plate.
Jose Fernandez continues his incredible run, hitting at .500 with 18 runs and 4 home runs. However most of Doosan’s roster is dangerous at bat. Of their roster that has appeared at bat, only eight players are hitting below .300. They are unlikely to post another shutout.
WSN’s Pick: Doosan Bears def. SK Wyvrens
Doosan Bears are coming off of a poor showing in their last match and are likely to take out their frustrations on the limp SK Wyvrens. With SK’s struggles at the mount, expect the Bears to swing liberally.
Kiwoom Heroes vs NC Dinos 5:30 AM EST (Twitch)
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Kiwoom Heroes are tied for fourth in the league and look to gain some ground on first place when they take on NC Dinos.
A win for Kiwoom Heroes would give them sole possession over fourth in the KBO and bring them within 3.5 games of first place.
A win for NC Dinos would only solidify their hold on first in the table with a 3.5 game lead over second place.
Kiwoom Heroes Team Notes
|Standing:||10-8-0 (4th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: KIM Tae Hoon, Eric Jokisch, LEE Seung Ho
Kiwoom Heroes continue to struggle to find their consistency on the season. After a tight loss to Lotte Giants in their most recent match, they are coming ever so close to giving up their hold on fourth in the KBO.
CHOI Won Tae threw the losing match, but it isn’t as if they are a weak team from the mound. In fact, Kiwoom Heroes are the third-best pitching team in the league. They are posting a 4.10 ERA over 18 matches and have allowed the second-least amount of home runs on the season.
Expect to see Kiwoom’s best at the mound in this upcoming match, as they look to hold on to their place in the KBO table.
Unfortunately Kiwoom aren’t so skilled at-bat. They are seventh in the KBO at-bat, posting a .258 average as a team and have struggled to keep up in high-scoring matches.
LEE Jung Hoo and PARK Dong Won have been consistent for the Heroes to this point in the season, but the rest of the team is struggling to make an impact with them.
NC Dinos Team Notes
|Manager:||LEE Dong Wook|
|Standing:||14-3-0 (1st in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: KOO Chang Mo, KIM Young Kyu, LEE Jae Hak
NC Dinos have been a regular at the top of the league in terms of pitching stats. Their incredible bullpen has been a large factor for their success. Pitching at a league best 3.26 ERA with only 130 hits allowed over 17 games, NC Dinos have been nothing short of brilliant.
Bettors will have their eyes on KOO Chang Mo, who has been brilliant this season. He is posting a 0.41 ERA, the best average in the league. However it is reliefs and closers like PARK Jin Woo, WON Jong Hyan, and BAE Jae Whan who have been integral to their ability to close innings.
They are also representing themselves well at the plate. NC Dinos are third in the league at-bat, averaging an impressive .289. They are third in the league in overall runs (103) and have the most home runs to their name (23).
Outfielder KANG Jin Sun looks to maintain his incredible form at bat, where he is hitting a .500 on the season with 45 plate appearances. His six runs and four home runs may sound modest, but with a 15 RBI he is clearly crucial to their success.
WSN’s Pick: NC Dinos def. Kiwoom Heroes
An easy selection here. NC Dinos have shown that they are the class of the KBO to this point in the season. While Kiwoom can make a game of it with a better than average bullpen, NC Dinos have shown the ability to hit with anybody, as well as maintain late composure in tight matches.
KIA Tigers vs KT Wiz 5:30 AM EST (Twitch)
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Fourth place KIA Tigers look to take the third spot in the table with a win over seventh place KT Wiz!
A win for KIA Tigers would bring them within four games of first in the league and award them third in the KBO standings.
A win for KT Wiz could bring them as close as 1.5 games back from the sixth seed in the KBO standings.
KIA Tigers Team Notes
|Standing:||10-8-0 (4th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: Aaron Brooks, IM Gi Yeong, Andrew Gagnon
KIA Tigers are coming off of a disappointing, twelfth inning loss to SK Wyvrens. While they fought to bring the match level by the ninth inning, they eventually lost due to a late run by SK Wyvrens.
KIA’s ability on the mound is what has been powering them to success so far this season. They are posting a 3.90 ERA over 18 games, good enough for second in the league.
They are less accomplished at-bat though, posting a .275 and ranking fifth in the league. By no means unacceptable, but not at the levelof their pitching. Their inconsistencies at-bat have fueled some of their late collapses.
Preston Tucker, KIM Sun Bin, and Na Ji Wan are three of their most frequent hitters who all hit above .328 on the season. As they face a KT Wiz team near the bottom in pitching, their ability at the plate will be key for them getting back to their winning run.
KT Wiz Team Notes
|Manager:||LEE Kang Chul|
|Standing:||7-10-0 (7th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: BAE Je Seong, RYU Hee Woon, SON Dong Hyun
KT Wiz enter this matchup with KIA Tigers in hopes of regaining some ground in the KBO standings. They are currently seventh, two games back from sixth place Lotte Giants.
With only a single win in their last four matches, KT Wiz are struggling to find their form. Star pitcher Bae Je Seong has been brilliant, posting a fantastic 0.89 ERA. However he can’t carry KT all alone. With only BAE Je Seong and Odrisamer Despaigner pitching under 4.00, KT are always at a disadvantage.
KT have still maintained their fantastic batting numbers, despite their awful run of form. They are hitting at a .320 average with a league-high 119 runs and 19 home runs.
Mel Rojas is second in the league in batting average at .423, while KANG Baek Ho is third in the league in home runs with five.
WSN’s Pick: KIA Tigers def. KT Wiz
It is difficult to bet against the consistency of KIA Tigers. While KT Wiz have certain combinations that strike fear in any team, their inability to put together a consistent nine innings has hurt them too often.
LG Twins vs Hanwha Eagles 5:30 AM EST (Twitch)
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Second place LG Twins face-off with eighth place Hanwha Eagles as both teams look to climb up the rankings!
A win for LG Twins could bring them within 2.5 games of first place.
A win for Hanwha Eagles could bring them level in the standings with sixth place.
LG Twins Team Notes
|Manager:||RYU Joong Il|
|Standing:||11-6-0 (2nd in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: KIM Dae Yu, IM Chan Kyu, JEONG Chan Heon
LG Twins put off the air of a team that is great at many things, but doesn’t excel in one key area. They are ranked fifth in the league when pitching the ball. They’ve posted a .465 ERA and have given up 159 hits on the season.
Their batting is also solid. LG is hitting at .275 on the season, good enough for fourth in the KBO.
KIM Yong Eui, KIM Hyun Soo, and Roberto Ramos continue to have spectacular seasons at bat. Ramos in particular is continuing his home run hitting ways!
Hanwha Eagles Team Notes
|Manager:||HAN Yong Duk|
|Standing:||7-11-0 (7th in KBO)|
Hanwha thought that they were on a decent run of form, but it was not to be as back-to-back wins were only matched by back-to-back losses.
They’ve struggled with their bullpen in their last two losses, giving up 10 run against NC Dinos and losing in the fixture previous to that one.
Hanwha scored five runs in their last match, but struggle against consistent pitching teams. They lost to LG on Saturday 0-3, and were dismantled on Sunday 5-10. They’ve got a solid stable of five to six players that are hitting above .300, but their lack of depth is hurting them in extra innings.
WSN’s Pick: LG Twins def. Hanwha Eagles
LG Twins have been a force this season and their recent run of form works in their favor for this decision. Hanwha Eagles have, frankly, failed to keep up with their superiors so far this season.