KBO Predictions and Analysis – Friday, September 3 (2021)
The previous round of action in South Korean baseball brought us both expected and surprising results. We also had one postponed game that is supposed to take place in the next round instead.
We should have six games on Friday as a result, and the latest forecasts suggest that the weather will allow them. I share my KBO predictions for five of them, including the following.
- Samsung Lions vs. Kia Tigers
- Doosan Bears vs. SSG Landers
- NC Dinos vs. LG Twins
- KT Wiz Suwon vs. Kiwoom Heroes
- Hanwha Eagles vs. Lotte Giants
Samsung Lions to Beat Kia Tigers
After a relatively sloppy start in the previous clash, the Samsung Lions improved to beat the Kia Tigers. The team should also have the upper hand in the next game based on the starting lineups.
Kim Hyeon-su is expected to get the nod for the Tigers, and his stats are nothing short of abysmal. I don’t think he can stop the Lions.
Samsung’s Choi Chae-heung has been bad too, but he still had a few decent games. On top of that, his team has a better bullpen and offense. That’s more than enough for me to back the Lions in my KBO predictions for September 3.
SSG Landers to Beat Doosan Bears
Sam Gaviglio finally had a strong game, and the SSG Landers completely destroyed the Doosan Bears in the previous round.
The offense looked excellent, too, and it’s interesting to see if SSG’s batters can punish Walker Locket too. The pitcher has good individual stats, but his 7-7 record in 2021 is quite unimpressive.
With Wilmer Font starting for the Landers, I have the feeling that the outcome of the next match might be similar. The pitcher already led his team to a victory against the same opponent earlier in 2021, and I believe he can do it again on Friday.
LG Twins to Beat NC Dinos
The LG Twins look scary right now, and Thursday’s game was another proof that this team is getting better by the minute.
For most of the campaign, the Twins only relied on their defense, and every time the opponent had a better starter, LG struggled.
The offense has improved recently, and that’s no longer the case.
The reigning champions are simply not on the same level this season.
They are expected to start an unreliable pitcher on Friday, while the Twins will use Casey Kelly, who’s been solid in the current campaign. Another victory for LG is the sensible prediction for this one.
Kiwoom Heroes to Beat KT Wiz Suwon
The first clash between the Heroes and KT Wiz was very quiet. Kiwoom’s offense delivered a single run in the eighth inning, and that was enough to win.
It looks like the league leaders haven’t been at their best offensively in the past couple of weeks, and that’s a huge problem when you’re about to meet Eric Jokisch. The American is among the most consistent KBO pitchers, and his ERA is 2.50 after 18 games.
The good news for Suwon is that the decent William Cuevas will pitch for them. And yet, he’s nowhere near Jokisch right now, and he is unlikely to receive a lot of support from the offense.
All things considered, I prefer the Heroes in my KBO predictions for September 3.
Hanwha Eagles to Beat Lotte Giants
The opening game between the two sides was postponed because of the weather, and we should have two fixtures on Friday.
Ryan Carpenter is once again expected to pitch for the Eagles, while Enderson Franco is next for the Giants.
Hanwha’s guy has been way better this season, and his team has a 7-2 lead in the H2H department. If you add to that the better recent form of the Eagles, it becomes plain to see why backing them is the smart choice.