KBO Predictions, Picks, Betting Odds & Live Stream [May 23]

  • KBO Saturday action returns as a number of new series are now in progress!
  • KT Wiz continue their excellent hitting form, ranking top of the league in batting for the second week in a row!
  • BAE Je Seong looks to continue his hot streak against a solid hitting team in the LG Twins!

KBO TV and Live Streaming Info

TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch on ESPN+ here!; KBO Twitch Channel, Live stream on DraftKings!

KBO Game Odds – Saturday, May 23, 2020

Doosan Bears vs Samsung Lions 5:30 AM EST (ESPN)

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Doosan Bears and Samsung Lions face off in the second match of their series that began on Friday. Doosan hopes to gain some momentum in the league, with Samsung being one of the worst teams in the league.

Doosan Bears have a light hold on second place in the league. A win could only bring them as close as two games within first in the league.

A win for Samsung Lions would do little for their standing as they rank ninth in the league and 7.5 games back of first place.

Doosan Bears Team Notes

Manager: Kim Tae-hyoung
Standing: 8-6-0 (4th in KBO)
Form: L-W-L-W

Likely Pitchers: Christopher Flexen, LEE Young HA, Raul Alcantara

Doosan Bears have been getting by on their fantastic hitting. Which is great, because they are at the bottom of the league at the mound. They are posting a 6.09 ERA for the season and have allowed a league-high 165 hits.

Unfortunately for Doosan, only four of their pitchers are throwing below a 4.00 ERA. Christopher Flexen has been their most reliable, throwing a 2.70 ERA on 310 pitches.

Doosan Bears are currently the second-ranked team at the plate in the league. They are hitting at .316 so far this season and have driven in 94 runs and 17 home runs.

Jose Fernandez remains at the top of the league at bat. He is currently hitting at .458 this season with a 10 RBI. His 27 hits are by far the best on his team and one of the best in the league.

They will also rely on KIM Jae Hwan, OH Jae Il, and KIM Jae Ho. The three are hitting above .314 and have a combined 36 RBI.

Samsung Lions Team Notes

Manager: Heo Sam-yeong
Standing: 2-12-0 (10th in KBO)
Form: L-W-L-L

Likely Pitchers: KIM Dae Woo, WON Tae In, LEE Seung Hyun

Samsung Lions are ranked in the bottom half of the league at the mound. They are posting a 4.88 ERA on the season and have allowed a league-high 20 home runs.

On the bright side, pitcher CHOI Chae Hung is leading pitchers in wins with three on the season. To take down a capable team at bat, they’ll need some improved consistency from their bullpen.

Samsung’s batting this season has been even worse than their pitching. Currently last in the league at bat, Samsung Lions are posting a .224 average on 542 plate appearances. They’ve batted in 59 runs and have a league-worst 162 total bases.

It’s been a contribution by the committee for Samsung Lions at the mound. While KOO Ja Wook, KIM Sang Su, and KIM Ji Chan are all hitting over .308, they’ve only combined for 30 hits. It’ll take a real uptick in performance to overcome their opponents.

WSN’s Pick: Doosan Bears def. Samsung Lions

Doosan could give up this game due to their dreadful pitching. But they’ve shown incredible consistency at bat and Samsung’s pitchers don’t look to be able to provide enough to stop them.

KT Wiz vs LG Twins 4:00 AM EST (Twitch)

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KT Wiz and LG Twins face off. KT Wiz was hoping to be in the upper half of the league with 14 games on the season. LG Twins on the other hand are knocking on the door of first place seed NC Dinos.

A win for KT Wiz only brings them within a half-game of sixth place in the KBO.

A win for LG Twins keeps them in second place but closes their three-game gap from first place.

KT Wiz Team Notes

Manager: Lee Kang-cheol
Standing: 6-8-0 (7th in KBO)
Form: L-W-W-W

Likely Pitchers: BAE Je Seong, Odrisamer Despaigne, William Cuevas

KT Wiz is currently ranked eighth in the KBO at the mound. Despite the fantastic pitching of wonderkid BAE Je Seong, the rest of their bullpen has failed to be particularly efficient.

Odrisamer Despaigne has been their other capable pitcher so far this season, posting a 2.65 ERA in three matches. He’s been great, posting a 1.00 WHIP – better than Bae.

Despite their below-average pitching ability, KT Wiz has been fantastic at the plate. So fantastic in fact, they are currently ranked first in the league in hitting average (.330) while be tied for second in the league in home runs.

KT Wiz can attribute their excellence at bat to the fact that ten of their players are hitting over .300. Eight of those players have over 30 plate appearances.

LG Twins Team Notes

Manager: Ryu Joong-il
Standing: 9-5-0 (2nd in KBO)
Form: W-L-W-L

Likely Pitchers: JEONG Chan Heon, IM Chan Kyu, Tyler Wilson

LG Twins are near the top of the league for a reason. Their consistency at bat and at the mound are notable, enough to carry them to second place in the KBO.

JUNG Woo Young is currently posting a 1.17 ERA, the best on the team. While Tyler Wilson was supposed to be a steadying force in the bullpen, he’s struggled so far this season.

LG Twins are currently ranked fourth in the KBO in batting average (.276).

KIM Yong Eui is leading their team at .667 but has only six plate appearances and six at-bats. Roberto Ramos has been their most consistent hitter, posting a .404 average in 47 at-bats and having a league-leading six home runs.

WSN’s Pick: LG Twins def. KT Wiz

LG Twins have been the more consistent side this season. While KT Wiz has the more threatening hitters, LG Twins’ pitchers have been caused problems for some of the best hitters in the league.

KIA Tigers vs SK Wyverns 4:00 AM EST (Twitch)

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KIA Tigers and SK Wyverns are both looking to claw their way up the KBO rankings. KIA Tigers are currently fifth in the KBO, looking to gain ground and crack the top four. SK Wyverns are last in the league, a whole ten games below leaders NC Dinos.

A win for KIA Tigers would leave them just barely in fourth place due to win percentage.

A win for SK Wyverns would be a small step toward the greater goal, as they are 2.5 games back from the ninth-place team in the league.

KIA Tigers Team Notes

Manager: Matthew Williams
Standing: 8-7-0 (5th in KBO)
Form: W-W-W-L

Likely Pitchers: Aaron Brooks, IM Gi Yeong, Andrew Gagnon

KIA Tigers are currently ranked fourth in the KBO in pitching. They are posting a 4.43 ERA through 15 games.

Andrew Gagnon is third in the KBO in strikeouts at 23, while MOON Kyeong Chan has two saves on the season.

KIA is right in the middle of the league, fifth, at bat. They have a .275 batting average, with 75 runs to their name.

Preston Tuckers is hitting at a .429 average and has 13 runs and five home runs on the season. KIM Sun Bin has been similarly impressive, with 11 runs and 18 hits on top of his .321 hitting average.

SK Wyverns Team Notes

Manager: YOUM Kyoung Youb
Standing: 2-12-0 (10th in KBO)
Form: L-W-L-L

Likely Pitchers: PARK Jong Hun, HA Jae Hoon, MOON Seung Won

SK Wyverns are near the bottom of the KBO in terms of pitching averages. They are posting a 5.94 ERA as a team and have allowed the third-most hits in the KBO with 142.

They only have a single pitcher posting an ERA under 4.00. That pitcher being KIM Tae Hoon, who is throwing a 1.38 in two games with 183 pitches.

SK is not much better at bat either. The team is hitting just .237, good enough for ninth in the KBO and they are last in the league in total runs.

HAN Dong-Min has been their most effective hitter with over 30 plate appearances this season. HAN is hitting at .347 with nine runs and is tied for first in the league in home runs.

WSN’s Pick: KIA Tigers def. SK Wyverns

KIA Tigers have shown that they have a consistency that will serve them in tight situations. While SK has shown the odd ability to make big runs, KIA’s regularity getting on base, on top of solid fielding, will win them this match.

Kiwoom Heroes vs Lotte Giants 4:00 AM EST (Twitch)

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Kiwoom Heroes and Lotte Giants take each other on, both in hopes of climbing up the KBO rankings. Kiwoom heroes are just half a game behind second-place LG. On the other side, Lotte Giants want to stay above .500 and maintain a place in the top five of the KBO.

A win for Kiwoom Heroes would bring them as high as second place in the KBO table.

A win for Lotte Giants could tie them in fifth place in the KBO table.

Kiwoom Heroes Team Notes

Manager: SON Hyuk
Standing: 9-6-0 (3rd in KBO)
Form: W-L-W-W

Likely Pitchers: KIM Jae Woong, Jake Brigham, OH Ju Won

Kiwoom Heroes are one of the best pitching teams in the league, currently ranked second with a 3.99 ERA. They have allowed 134 hits on the season, good enough for fourth in the KBO.

Eric Jokisch is second in the league in ERA at an incredible .53. They also have CHO Sang Woo, who is second in the KBO in saves with four. Both LEE Young Jun and KIM Sang Su occupy the top of the KBO in holds with five and four respectively.

Kiwoom are less impressive in the batting department, posting a .260 hitting percentage as a team. They are top four in the league in runs, but it hasn’t balanced out their struggles.

LEE Jung Hoo has been excellent at bat for Kiwoom Heroes this season, posting a .393 hitting average and gaining nine runs and posting a 14 RBI. KIM Ha Seong leads the team in runs with 13.

Lotte Giants Team Notes

Manager: HER Mun Hoe
Standing: 7-7-0 (6th in KBO)
Form: L-L-L-L

Likely Pitchers: Dan Straily, CHOI Yeong Hwan, SEO Jun Won

Lotte Giants are going through quite a rough patch at the moment, having lost their last four matches. Lotte are right in the middle of the KBO table in pitching, having posted a 4.84 ERA.

Dan Straily continues to be their item pitcher, posting a 3.68 ERA and allowing only 19 hits. He is the clear first choice, having pitched 22 innings in four games.

Lotte are just as average at bat as well. The team is hitting a .267 average over the course of 14 games.

Lotte Giants have a solid core at bat, with the likes of Dixon Machado and MIN Byung Hun combining for six home runs on the season. They only have four players hitting over .300, a stark contrast to the top teams in the league.

WSN’s Pick: Kiwoom Heroes def. Lotte Giants

Lotte Giants will want to kick their losing streak out the window, but it doesn’t look to be possible in this match against Kiwoom Heroes. Kiwoom has been too strong at bat as of late, a perfect foil to Lotte’s below-average bullpen.

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