KBO League 2020: Picks, Live Stream & Odds [May 21]
- NC Dinos remain at the top of the league table, despite only their second loss coming on Wednesday.
- Jose Fernandez and Mel Rojas Jr. are tied for most hits this season.
- BAE Je Seong is coming off of a star-making performance at the mound.
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Game Odds – Thursday, May 21, 2020
NC Dinos vs Doosan Bears, 5:30 AM EST (ESPN)
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|NC Dinos||Doosan Bears||Sportsbook||Available In|
|-117||-109||DraftKings||PA, IN, NJ, IA, WV|
NC Dinos lost only their second match of the season in their last outing. Fortunately, their three-game lead over second-place has provided them some cushion over their opponents – second place Doosan Bears.
A win for NC Dinos would give them a full game lead over second place.
A win for Doosan Bears would bring them within two games of first place NC Dinos.
NC Dinos Team Notes
|Standing:||11-1-0 (1st in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: KIM Young Kyu, LEE Jae Jak, KANG Yoon Goo
NC Dinos are coming off of only their second loss of the season, coming from Doosan Bears.
It was a tight affair, finishing 1-2 after 11 innings of play. Pitcher KANG Dong Yeon’s performance will be looked over.
Likely pitchers KIM Young Kyo and LEE Jae Jak are throwing a 3.27 and 3.97 respectively. Doosan has the momentum now in the series, with NC hoping to wrest control after their late collapse.
While neither team was able to draw the ball on many swings, NC Dinos will rely on positive hitters PARK Min Woo and NO Jin Hyuk in this match. They are hitting .385 and .283 respectively, and have combined for 16 runs.
Doosan Bears Team Notes
|Standing:||8-5-0 (2nd in KBO)|
Former Mets pitcher Chris Flexen was dominant today in the KBO
8 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 10 K
Now has a 1.12 ERA through 3 starts
— Michael Mayer (@mikemayerMMO) May 20, 2020
Likely Pitchers: PARK Chi Guk, LEE Hyun Seung, Christopher Flexen
Doosan pulled off the late victory in their last match against NC Dinos. After going up early, it took until the 11th inning to break the deadlock and take the match in favour of Doosan Bears.
Pitcher HAM Deok Ju took his first win of the season, in their last match against NC Dinos.
The last match was one of attrition for Doosan Bears and they came out of the victor. They may not be able to throw as well in this match, but both PARK Chi Guk and Christopher Flexen may be at the mound to give NC Dinos another tough night.
On the hitting side of things, Jose Fernandez continues to wow crowds with his innate hitting ability. Posting a .436 so far this season and driving in 13 runs and two home runs, Fernandez should be NC’s biggest worry at the plate.
WSN’s Pick: Doosan Bears def. NC Dinos
This is the toughest pick of the evening, as the last match was incredibly tight. With momentum in the series and the edge at-bat, Doosan Bears look primed to take one step closer to the top of the KBO table.
Hanwha Eagles vs KT Wiz 5:30 AM EST (Twitch)
|Hanwha Eagles ||KT Wiz ||Sportsbook||Available In|
|+160||-205||DraftKings||PA, IN, NJ, IA, WV|
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Hanwha Eagles and KT Wiz both reside in the bottom half of the KBO table. While KT Wiz took the victory in their last match, Hanwha Eagles are eager to prove their early game collapse was a fluke.
A win for Hanwha Eagles would bring them within a half-game of seventh place KT Wiz.
A win for KT Wiz would bring them level with KIA Tigers for sixth in the KBO.
Hanwha Eagles Team Notes
|Standing:||5-9-0 (8th in KBO)|
Today’s balk-off from the Lotte Giants v Hanwha Eagles game. pic.twitter.com/ZT0tRSthE6
— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) May 17, 2020
Likely Pitchers: KIM Yi Hwan
Despite Hanwha Eagles’ poor standing, you could hardly blame the quality of their pitching. Currently third in the league in pitching, posting an average 4.43 ERA, Hanwha has been able to keep up with some of the best. Despite their inability at the plate.
KIM Yi Hwan has been one of their best pitchers in only two appearances so far this season. With 192 pitches on the season, he’s certainly been reliable giving up only two hits.
Unfortunately, Hanwha live and die by their performances at the plate. Ranking seventh in the league with a .258 at-bat, Hanwha hasn’t shown the consistency to be competitive.
LEE Sung Yul and Jung Jin-Ho have been their most reliable players at-bat. However combining their fielding and hitting is what can win them the day.
KT Wiz Team Notes
|Standing:||6-7-0 (7th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: Odrisamer Despaigne, JU Kwon, JUN Yu Soo
BAE Je-Seong has certainly made the most out of his recent international broadcast opportunities. He is one of the leagues most capable pitchers, having posted seven shutout innings and allowing only seven hits in his last match against top of the table NC Dinos.
BAE struggled as a starter early last season, but he seems to have settled in nicely. He struck out seven batters in his last match and limited the Giants to only two runs in just over six innings thrown.
Odrisamer Despaigne has been great for KT Wiz this season as well. Posting a 2.65 with 293 pitches thrown. His combination with BAE Je Song is what keeps them afloat amongst an underperforming bullpen.
KT Wiz has made up for some dreadful pitching displays with some fantastic hitting so far this season. KANG Baek Ho and Hwang Jae Gyun have combined for 25 runs so far this season. Their overall quality ranks KT Wiz at the top of the league at-bat.
WSN’s Pick: KT Wiz def. Hanwha Eagles
We give the edge to KT Wiz due to their stronger batting game. They haven’t been consistent from the mound this season, but Hanwha Eagles have shown little to suggest they can compete on either front.
LG Twins vs Samsung Lions 5:30 AM EST (Twitch)
|LG Twins||Samsung Lions||Sportsbook||Available In|
|-148||+114||DraftKings||PA, IN, NJ, IA, WV|
LG Twins are trying to climb their way to the top of the KBO table as they face off with eighth-ranked Samsung Lions.
A win for LG Twins would bring them within 2.5 games of first place in the KBO.
A win for Samsung Lions would break their deadlock with Hanwha Eagles and award them sole possession of seventh in the KBO table.
LG Twins Team Notes
|Standing:||8-5-0 (2nd in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: JUNG Woo Young, IM Chan Kyu
LG Twins are coming off of a loss to Samsung Lions in their last match. After giving up three crucial runs, they’ll be looking to tighten up their performance from the mound.
Reigning rookie of the year JUNG Woo Young has been throwing a 1.69 in for games so far this season. He’s had limited appearances at the mound, with only 79 pitches made, but his consistency is apparent.
LG currently ranks third in the KBO in batting stats. As a team they are averaging a .284 with the third-most runs on the season with 77.
Roberto Ramos continues to lead the league in home runs and has driven in 11 runs in 13 games. Between him, KIM Hyun Soo, Lee Chun Woong, and CHAE Eun Seong, LG Twins have 48 runs.
Samsung Lions Team Notes
|Standing:||5-9-0 (8th in KBO)|
1 million baseball IQ play by Hak-ju Lee of the Samsung Lions this morning. A thing of beauty. pic.twitter.com/6vz3mDL4We
— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) May 16, 2020
Likely Pitchers: KIM Yun Su, JANG Ji Hoon
Samsung is coming off of a tight but surprising victory over LG Twins in their last outing. They were able to hold the second-place team to just a single run all game long.
Choi Chae Hung threw the winner in their last match, making him 3-0 on the season. He’s posting a 2.65 ERA on 298 pitches.
Samsung is second-worst in the league at-bat. As a team they average a .233 on 455 at-bats. They’ve been able to secure 63 runs on the season, but their inconsistency is what ails them.
Team runs leader Kim Dong Yub is more than capable with a .293 average with 17 hits and two home runs. They’ll need more from their supporting cast though, as only two players on Samsung Lions are hitting above .300 on more than 40 at-bats.
WSN’s Pick: LG Twins def. Samsung Lions
Samsung Lions were able to hold off LG twins in their last match, but that seems to be the limit of their ability. An off day at-bat for LG isn’t likely to repeat itself against Samsung’s lack of depth at the mound.
Lotte Giants vs KIA Tigers 5:30 AM EST (Twitch)
|Lotte Giants||KIA Tigers||Sportsbook||Available In|
|-136||+106||DraftKings||PA, IN, NJ, IA, WV|
Lotte Giants face off with KIA Tigers in what is expected to be a classic mid-table matchup between KBO rivals.
A win for KIA Tigers would give them a half-game edge over Lotte Giants and secure them fifth in the KBO table.
A win for Lotte Giants would bring them level with Kiwoom Heroes, placing them fourth in the KBO table.
Lotte Giants Team Notes
|Standing:||7-6-0 (5th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: PARK Se Woong, NOH Kyung Eun
Lotte Giants are coming off of back-to-back losses to KIA Tigers in which they’ve given up 15 runs to their own two. Lotte has struggled mightily against the Gwangju based outfit, having not scored a single run in their most recent match.
PARK Se Woong is posting a 3.72 ERA through two matches so far this season with 172 pitches. Closers KOO Seung Min and KIM Wong Jung haven’t fared much better.
Lotte Giants are right in the middle of the league in batting stats, posting a team average of .270. Outfielder SON Ah Seop is second in the league in on-base percentage at .509.
KIA Tigers Team Notes
|Manager:||Matt Williams, Park Heung Sik (interim)|
|Standing:||7-7-0 (6th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: Aaron Brooks, Andrew Gagnon
Kia Tigers are slowly overcoming their early-season form, with three victories in their last four matches. Pitcher YANG Hyeon Jong pitched the winner in their last match, a 13-4 victory over Samsung Lions.
American pitchers Andrew Gagnon and Aaron Brooks are posting a 3.86 and 3.00 ERA in three matches so far this season.
Outfielder Preston Tucker and NA Ji Wan are leading KIA Tigers at the plate with 20 runs between them and eight home runs. Tucker has been particularly impressive, hitting at a .444 average.
WSN’s Pick: KIA Tigers def. Lotte Giants
KIA Tigers have been dominating this series so far due to their superior ability at-bat. Lotte haven’t been outmatched on the mound, but they have been too liberal giving up multiple innings in a row.