KBO Predictions and Analysis – Thursday, April 22 (2021)

| April 21, 2021 10:22 am PDT

If you’re looking for KBO predictions for April 22, you’ve come to the right place. I share my thoughts on all games from the leading baseball division of South Korea, based on each team’s projected pitchers and performance so far.

Betting on the KBO can be tricky because the league is very competitive, but that opens the door to some nice opportunities to make some money.

Here are the encounters that I cover in my KBO predictions for Thursday.

  • Kia Tigers vs. LG Twins
  • KT Wiz Suwon vs. NC Dinos
  • Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants
  • SSG Landers vs. Samsung Lions
  • Kiwoom Heroes vs. Hanwha Eagles

LG Twins to Beat Kia Tigers

Both sides have been inconsistent so far in the series; trading wins in the first two encounters. Still, the Twins looked much better in the previous round, and they will be sending Casey Kelly, who’s been one of the most reliable pitchers in the league ever since his arrival in the KBO back in 2019.

He should be able to keep the Tigers quiet, and I’m sure that his offensive teammates will have enough opportunities to score against Lee Eui-Lee. The talented teenager had a decent performance in his debut, but he’s too raw at this point.

I don’t think he has the required consistency to stop a team like the Twins, so I prefer to back LG in the third clash of the series.

NC Dinos to Beat KT Wiz Suwon

I backed the Dinos to bounce back in my KBO predictions for the second game of this clash, and the reigning champions didn’t disappoint.

It wasn’t their flashiest performance, but the offense got the job done and should enter the last encounter full of confidence.

NC has the momentum, and more importantly, the phenomenal Drew Rucinski is expected to start this one.

The American has two wins already in 2021, and it’s hard to go against him in my KBO predictions for Thursday.

Another factor for my decision is Suwon’s projected starter, So Hyeong-Jun. He was in trouble more than once so far this season, and against much weaker teams, so the Dinos should be able to punish the opposition.

Doosan Bears to Beat Lotte Giants

The Doosan Bears already lost twice against the Giants. In both games, the teams found plenty of runs, but it’s time for a change.

Walker Lockett (Bears) and Dan Straily (Giants) certainly won’t allow that many runs. It should be a quiet game, and the bullpens might be the deciding factor.

I believe the Bears have more potential there and a slightly better offense, so I prefer picking them. And yet, the Giants are not doomed by any means and certainly can win the third clash of the series too.

Samsung Lions to Beat SSG Landers

A quick look at the table shows that the Samsung Lions are among the best teams in the KBO in the last ten rounds. They have won seven of them and looked good in pretty much every area.

Wednesday’s crushing 14-4 over the Landers gives them even more confidence, and I’m not sure if the opposition can stop them.

SSG will hope that Samsung’s starter Ben Lively will struggle similarly to his opening two games of the season when the Heroes and KT Wiz punished him badly.

And yet, the American was decent in his third clash and looked much closer to his 2020 version that was solid. That’s why I expect another victory for the Lions.

Kiwoom Heroes to Beat Hanwha Eagles

It looked like the Heroes might finally win when Eric Jokisch didn’t allow a single run in the opening four innings of game two against the Eagles. That’s when he left the pitch, and the opposition scored four to grab the lead.

The Eagles managed to see the game through, but I think it’s time for them to lose the next clash. Jang Si-Hwan is next in the rotation, and the veteran has been awful this season.

He was punished badly twice already, so even a struggling team like the Heroes should be able to register some runs and find the victory.

And yet, it must be mentioned that Jang played against strong offensive sides like the Dinos and the Bears. His stats might be misleading, so be careful with this clash.

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