KBO Predictions and Analysis – Thursday, July 8 (2021)

| July 7, 2021 10:34 am PDT

In the previous round, the weather allowed three games in South Korean baseball. That’s more than the previous few days, so I guess that was fine. The good news is that we should have at least four fixtures on Thursday!

My daily KBO predictions for July 8 cover all fixtures, including the questionable clash between the Samsung Lions and KT Wiz Suwon. Here’s a full list of Thursday’s games.

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

Kia Tigers to Beat Hanwha Eagles

The previous game between the Tigers and the Eagles was extremely close. There were no runs until the extra innings when Kia exploded to win the clash.

That was the fifth victory for the Tigers against the same opponent in 2021, and I think another one is on the cards on Thursday. The team is about to start the stronger pitcher and has been much better recently as a whole.

It could be close once again, but I think that the Tigers simply have more arguments.

Samsung Lions to Beat KT Wiz Suwon

The weather forecasts give us a 30% chance of rain, so this game is questionable. And yet, it could still go through, and I’m still favoring the Lions. David Buchanan should’ve started in the previous two fixtures that were postponed, and he’s still listed as Samsung’s pitcher.

The guy has been amazing this season, winning 9 games in 11 starts for his side, and there’s a strong argument to be made that Buchanan is the best pitcher in this league.

He should be able to break the opposition and end Suwon’s winning run. KT Wiz won’t go down without a fight, of course, and we could witness a cracking game between two strong teams. I still prefer the Lions simply because of Buchanan, though.

LG Twins to Beat Lotte Giants

I backed the Twins in my KBO predictions for the previous clash that was eventually postponed despite the weaker starting pitcher. The team is expected to send a strong player this time around, so I have no doubt in my mind that the Twins should be the favorites here.

The two sides are sending pitchers with a comparable ERA and WHIP, but LG’s bullpen is significantly stronger.

The team has been better on the offensive end recently too, and has the 4-1 lead in the H2H record in 2021. All things considered, the Twins should win Thursday’s clash.

NC Dinos to Beat Doosan Bears

I was right in my KBO predictions for the previous two games between the Dinos and the Bears. My main argument was simple on both occasions – the starting pitchers are what matters the most here.

Both sides have excellent offensive players and shaky bullpen, so whoever makes it to the sixth or seventh inning with a decent lead should be able to win the clash.

I will use the same logic for the upcoming game, especially since the gap between the two starters looks huge. Wes Parsons has been solid for the Dinos, while Yoo Hee-Kwan was beaten eight times this season already.

The reigning KBO champions have all the means to punish him repeatedly, and I expect them to win this one.                                                             

Kiwoom Heroes to Beat SSG Landers

It seems like I overestimated Sam Gaviglio, and he was destroyed by the Heroes in the previous round. The American pitcher obviously needs more time, and that’s something to consider for the future.

It won’t get easier for the Landers on Thursday either, based on the latest team news. Eric Jokisch is next in Kiwoom’s rotation, and he’s been one of the most consistent pitchers in South Korean baseball over the past two years.

I expect him to stop the Landers for the first five or six innings, while SSG’s starter is way too raw.

The Heroes should be able to win this one unless the opposition’s offense explodes in the late stages of the game.

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