KT Wiz vs KIA Tigers - Predictions, Odds & Live Stream
- Mid-table action resumes as KT Wiz face off with KIA Tigers.
- KIA Tigers have an excellent home record.
- KT Wiz have the best hitting record in the league, led by Mel Rojas Jr.
KBO TV and Live Streaming Info
|TV Channel:||ESPN, SPOTV2|
|Date & Time:||Wednesday, July 8, 2020; 5:30 AM EST|
|Venue:||Gwangju Kia Champions Field|
|Live Stream:||Watch on ESPN+ here!; KBO Twitch Channel, Live stream on DraftKings!|
Game Odds – KT Wiz vs KIA Tigers
|Sportsbook||KT Wiz||KIA Tigers|
|BetMGM (NJ, NV, IN)||-139|
|DraftKings (PA, IN, NJ, IA, WV)||-152|
|888Sport NJ (NJ)||-152|
|BetRivers (IN, PA)||-152|
KT Wiz and KIA Tigers meet up in this matchup between the fifth and seventh seeds in the KBO. KT are looking to continue their recent run of positive form on the road. KIA are hoping to improve on their up and down recent record.
KIA Tigers will have home-field advantage in this match where they are 15-7-0.
A win for KT Wiz could bring them as close as 1.5 games behind sixth place.
KIA Tigers could take sole possession of fourth in the KBO with a win.
KT Wiz Team Notes
|Manager:||LEE Kang Chul|
|Standing:||25-28-0 (7th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: SON Dong Hyun, HA Jun Ho, William Cuevas
KT Wiz have held their own against KIA Tigers this season. Despite having the poorer overall record, KT Wiz have been able to draw themselves level with KIA Tigers in the season series.
The KT Wiz bullpen is far from the team’s strong point. They are ranked ninth overall in the KBO, posting a 5.47 ERA. They are .500 in their last four matches last week while allowing just a 4.00 ERA over those games.
Star pitcher Bae Je-seong led at the mound in the first match this week, but they’ll be relying on their less consistent pitchers for the rest of this series. While they started strong, KT’s bullpen has weakened as the season has progressed. William Cuevas in particular began the season strong, but is now pitching a 5.06 ERA over 48 innings pitched.
Their batting stats on the other hand are nothing to take lightly. KT Wiz are currently ranked second overall in the KBO, posting a .297 hitting average. They are second overall in home runs (64) with 290 RBI’s.
Their group of hitters is one of the most feared in the KBO. Mel Rojas Jr. is second overall in hitting average (.374), first overall in home runs (19), second overall in RBI’s (48), first in total runs (47), first in total hits (80), and fourth in on-base percentage (.426). He is one of the most feared hitters in the KBO. But don’t sleep on their bench, KT sport seven different players hitting over .300 on the year with each contributing at least 15 RBI’s so this season.
KIA Tigers Team Notes
|Standing:||27-23-0 (5th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: LEE Min Woo, KIM Moung Chan, YAN Hyeon Jong
KIA Tigers have been up and down this season, particularly on the road, but they’ll have the security blanket of home-field advantage in this match. KIA ended last week on a two-game losing streak. They enter this three-match series at home with a 15-7-0 record at Gwangju Kia Champions Field.
In terms of hitting ability, KIA Tigers don’t really match up with KT Wiz. KIA Tigers are ranked fifth overall in the KBO with a .273 hitting average. They have one of the lowest run totals in the league (243), only good enough for eighth overall.
KIA have seven players that are hitting over .300 on the season. So why are they ranked mid-table in terms of batting? Consistency is KIA’s biggest issue, as seen in their last four games in the previous game week where their run totals were 6-2-8-7. KT Wiz’s bullpen is likely the main reason that KIA could have some trouble.
The KIA Tigers’ point of pride is their bullpen. Ranked first overall, the KIA Tigers’ bullpen is posting a 4.20 ERA and has allowed the least amount of home runs (35) and hits (439) all season long.
Six different Tigers are throwing well under a 3.00 ERA on the season. Their closers and reliefs have been particularly impressive. PARK Jun Pyo has thrown just over 22 innings and is posting a 1.21 ERA so far this season. While their starting group has been decidedly average, their depth is a game changer.
WSN’s Pick: KIA Tigers def. KT Wiz
KIA Tigers can put out a competitive pitching group to really bother KT’s top ranked batting stable. Despite recent form, KIA’s pitching depth will likely win them the day.
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