KBO Predictions and Analysis – Tuesday, April 27 (2021)
All teams in South Korean baseball have played around 20 games so far, and we still don’t have clear favorites. The table is stacked, and only the Kiwoom Heroes look a step behind everyone else.
It’s interesting to see if the new week would bring us more clarity, and I share my KBO predictions for all games scheduled for Tuesday, April 27. I’ve included a quick look at the starting lineups and my analysis of what we’ve seen recently.
Here’s the complete list of games that are part of my KBO predictions for Tuesday.
- Hanwha Eagles vs. Kia Tigers
- KT Wiz Suwon vs. SSG Landers
- Lotte Giants vs. LG Twins
- NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions
- Doosan Bears vs. Kiwoom Heroes
Hanwha Eagles to Beat Kia Tigers
The Hanwha Eagles sit in the second-to-last place on the KBO table, but they have been competitive in many of the games so far. The team won four of its last ten fixtures and should enter the next series full of hope.
The Tigers are expected to start a guy with a 15.21 ERA after two games this season, so the Eagles should have more than enough chances to find some runs.
Their own pitcher Kim Min-Woo has been solid up to this point and already registered two victories this season. If he can stay consistent against the Tigers, Hanwha should have the upper hand in the first game on Tuesday.
KT Wiz Suwon to Beat SSG Landers
I’m happy that SSG Landers are proving my preseason prediction that they will fight for the playoffs right, but they have been one of the toughest teams when it comes to KBO betting.
We saw the former in their last clash against the struggling Kiwoom Heroes, and I think another disappointment might be on the cards for the series opener on Tuesday.
The Landers are expected to send a starting pitcher who conceded five runs over two innings so far, and they came against mediocre offenses.
KT Wiz Suwon has all the means to punish the opposition and can count on Odrisamer Despaigne to contain SSG. Since the start of the campaign, the Cuban has been solid, and I see enough reasons to back his team in my KBO predictions for April 27.
LG Twins to Beat Lotte Giants
The series between LG and Lotte represents a curious clash of styles. The Twins are the team with the best defense and the worst offense in the league. They are on top of the table despite their troubles in scoring, thanks to their stellar defense.
On the other hand, we have the Giants, who have the second-best offense and the second-worst defense. This is a team that can score but usually finds it impossible to keep the opponents quiet.
I think that the Twins should be able to keep this encounter closer to their preferred tempo thanks to a strong starting pitcher like Jeong Chan-Heon, but it should be a close clash.
Samsung Lions to Beat NC Dinos
I thought that the NC Dinos would be leading the KBO by now, but it looks like the reigning champions still can’t figure it out. They have off days both on offense and on defense which prevents them from finding consistency.
I think they are about to have another tough clash against the solid Lions on Tuesday. It’s David Buchanan’s turn in the rotation for Samsung, and the guy has been amazing.
At the same time, the Dinos will have to rely on Kim Young-Kyu, who’s been exposed more than once this campaign.
The difference in the starting pitchers is simply too big right now, so I feel obliged to back the Lions in my KBO predictions for Tuesday.
Kiwoom Heroes to Beat Doosan Bears
Based on the form of both sides recently, the Doosan Bears should be the big favorite in the opening clash. They have three wins in the last five games, while the Heroes have lost eight of the previous ten.
And yet, Kiwoom is coming into this one after a win over a decent side like the SSG Landers and will rely on one of the best pitchers in South Korean baseball.
Eric Jokisch has been excellent again this season and has posted a 2.25 ERA over his first three starts. Two of them led to victories, and he can certainly contain the Bears.
At the same time, Kiwoom’s offense should have a good time against veteran Yoo Hee-Kwan who looks washed. That’s enough for me to back the Heroes on Tuesday, but I wouldn’t trust them too much in their current form.