KBO Predictions and Analysis – Friday, May 21 (2021)
We didn’t have the chance to enjoy many South Korean baseball games in the previous round because the weather ruined four of the five fixtures on the schedule.
The early forecasts suggest that there will be no rain or strong wind on Friday, so the next batch of games should go as planned.
I share my thoughts on all of them in my KBO predictions for May 21. Here’s a full list of the fixtures.
- Kia Tigers vs. Samsung Lions
- KT Wiz Suwon vs. Hanwha Eagles
- LG Twins vs. SSG Landers
- Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears
- NC Dinos vs. Kiwoom Heroes
Samsung Lions to Beat Kia Tigers
It looks like simply going against the Kia Tigers is one of the best KBO strategies right now. The team just keeps losing, and it’s hard to see how the slump will be stopped.
The offense is way worse than any other squad in South Korean baseball, and the defense has struggled recently too.
Lee Eui-Lee is a solid starting pitcher that should bring some stability, but the bullpen and his batters are unlikely to help much.
At the same time, the Lions are expected to begin with David Buchanan at the helm. The American is a great player and should be able to lead Samsung to a victory on Friday.
KT Wiz Suwon to Beat Hanwha Eagles
This one looks easy on paper. KT Wiz Suwon is leading the KBO right now, and the team has won four in a row. The offense is firing, and the pitchers have been great too.
Beating a struggling opponent like Hanwha shouldn’t be a problem. The Eagles are second-to-last in the league, and they have all sorts of problems. The offense has been inconsistent, and the same applies to some of their starting pitchers.
Kim Min-Woo is one of the better options, but stopping KT Wiz will be a tough ask. On top of that, Suwon is sending Bae Je-Seong out there, who’s been solid in 2021. I see more than enough reasons to back the favorite in my KBO predictions for Friday.
SSG Landers to Beat LG Twins
The LG Twins live and die by their defense, so I expect a tough game for them on Friday. Lee Min-Ho is one of their weaker pitchers, and he enters the contest with a 5.11 ERA after five starts in the league.
I don’t trust him to stop the SSG Landers in this one, and that’s going to be a problem because LG’s offense usually can’t score too many runs.
The fact that Moon Seung-Won will pitch for the opposition doesn’t help either. He’s been strong this year and has respectable stats after his first three starts.
I believe the Landers should have the upper hand in this one.
Doosan Bears to Beat Lotte Giants
I’m not sure how the Bears sit only sixth in the KBO based on what I’ve seen from them so far. The side is decent in pretty much every area, and I expect a much higher league position by the end of the regular season.
The upcoming series against Lotte represent a good opportunity for a winning run, and that should help. The Giants are the worst team in the entire league, and their defense has been abysmal.
Even if the Giants score some runs, I believe that Doosan will comfortably win on Friday.
Kiwoom Heroes to Beat NC Dinos
The NC Dinos looked angry in the previous round and beat the Twins comprehensively after losing twice against the same opponent earlier this week.
The champions are still too inconsistent, and that will be a problem against Kiwoom. The Heroes have won four games in a row, and they look like a different team nowadays.
The offense is flying, and the bullpen has improved immensely. There’s also a good argument that the Heroes are starting the better pitcher in the next game. All things considered, I think they have a better chance to win.