(KBO) NC Dinos vs Kiwoom Heroes - Predictions, Odds & Live Stream
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- NC Dinos and Kiwoom Heroes close out this crucial KBO series.
- NC Dinos hope to keep control of this season series with a victory.
- Kiwoom’s starting pitchers hope to improve on their 8.08 ERA over their last ten.
KBO TV and Live Streaming Info
|TV Channel:||ESPN, SPOTV|
|Date & Time:||Thursday, July 16, 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)||-176|
|DraftKings (PA, IN, NJ, IA, WV)||-182|
|888Sport NJ (NJ)||-182|
|BetRivers (IN, PA, CO)||-182|
NC Dinos and Kiwoom Heroes look to close out this heated series with both teams looking to secure their position.
Kiwoom Heroes will have home field advantage when they face off against the top team in the KBO.
A win for NC Dinos could give them as much as a six game lead over second place.
A win for Kiwoom Heroes could bring them as close as four games behind the first place.
NC Dinos Team Notes
|Manager:||LEE Dong Wook|
|Standing:||39-18-1 (1st in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: KOO Chang Mo, KANG Dong Yeong, WON Jong Hyan
NC Dinos look to regain control of this series when they take on Kiwoom Heroes in the closing match of this midweek meeting. The Dinos have the best record in the KBO, a win for them would only solidify their standing.
NC are ranked fourth overall in pitching in the KBO this season. The Dinos are allowing a 4.59 ERA and are fourth in bases allowed on balls (214). The Dinos pitching is very complementary to their hitting, owning the best run differential in the KBO at +90.
The Dinos have been bang average over their last ten games, posting a 4.11 to 5.13 starters to relievers ERA. Unfortunately, they’ve been giving up as many home runs in that time as they’ve found for themselves (11).
At bat NC Dinos are still one of the top teams in the KBO. They are ranked third overall, posting a .289 batting average this season. They are thrilling the league with 84 home runs on the season, good enough for first in the KBO.
The Dinos have a positive hitting ratio over their last ten games, averaging 9.80 to their opponents’ 8.60. They were held to just a single run in their first meeting of this series against Kiwoom, so big hitters like NA Sung Bum and Aaron Altherr will be relied upon heavily.
Kiwoom Heroes Team Notes
|Standing:||36-25-0 (2nd in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: MOON Sung Hyun, CHO Sang Woo, CHO Young Gun
Kiwoom were able to squeeze out a victory in their first meeting of this series against NC Dinos. Usually a weaker pitching team, Kiwoom held their opponents to just three hits and a single run on Tuesday.
Kiwoom are ranked fifth overall in the KBO in terms of pitching. They are posting a 4.66 ERA on the season, but have allowed third most hits (587) this season. The main issue for Kiwoom this season is their starting pitchers. While their starters are posting a 4.73 ERA, their relievers have been much more efficient by allowing just a 4.57.
The Heroes are just 4-6 in their last ten matches, in large part due to the struggles of their starting pitchers. Over their last ten, Kiwoom’s starters are allowing an 8.08 ERA to their relievers’ 5.69. They received a quality start out of Jake Brigham in their first win, so they’ll be looking for that trend to continue as they go deeper into their bullpen.
On the hitting side of things, Kiwoom has been about as average as their pitching. They are ranking sixth overall with a .272 hitting average so far this season. They’ve been prolific, big hitters overall. But their inconsistency has been their downfall.
Against a strong pitching team in NC Dinos, Kiwoom was able to score five runs. Dinos starter LEE Jae Hak certainly isn’t their most reliable pitcher, so Kiwoom will certainly be wary in this closing game of this series.
WSN’s Pick: NC Dinos def. Kiwoom Heroes
Kiwoom’s pitching trends as of late are dreadful. Barring significant improvement, to prove that their first meeting success wasn’t a fluke, NC Dinos should recover just fine.
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