KBO Predictions and Analysis – Tuesday, June 29 (2021)
The battle of the top spots in South Korean baseball is getting even tighter somehow. At least five teams have a realistic chance of finishing at the top of the table once the regular season ends, and another two are hunting for the playoff positions.
The next week of action starts with a clash between the two top sides, a relatively easy opponent for the reigning champions, and more intriguing games. I cover them all in my KBO predictions for Tuesday, June 29.
Here’s a list of all fixtures on the schedule.
- KT Wiz Suwon vs. LG Twins
- Lotte Giants vs. Kiwoom Heroes
- NC Dinos vs. Kia Tigers
- Doosan Bears vs. Hanwha Eagles
- Samsung Lions vs. SSG Landers
KT Wiz Suwon to Beat LG Twins
Both KT Wiz Suwon and the LG Twins have been flying lately. The two teams occupy the top spots in South Korean baseball, and they have an identical 7-3 record over the last ten games.
Based on form, it’s hard to pick a winner, but the team news for Tuesday’s game suggests that KT Wiz should have the upper hand.
Suwon’s starting pitcher is much better, and the Twins rely mostly on their defense. Their pick for this match is Im Chan-Kyu, who has been beaten twice in three starts. His stats are abysmal, and a team like KT Wiz can certainly punish him.
Kiwoom Heroes to Beat Lotte Giants
The Kiwoom Heroes have entered another strong streak after winning five in a row last week. They have an excellent opportunity to put the teams above them under more pressure in the series against the struggling Lotte Giants.
The Heroes have a much stronger offense than their opponents, and they will use a solid starting pitcher like Choi Won-Tae, who already beat Lotte once.
The starting pitcher of the Lions gives me another reason to go against them. Noh Kyung-Eun has a 6.97 ERA after six starts in 2021, and you simply can’t trust him to stop anyone.
All things considered, I have no other choice but to pick the Heroes in my KBO predictions for Tuesday.
NC Dinos to Beat Kia Tigers
The NC Dinos finally look like the team that won the title last year after winning three in a row, and the next series against Kia should be successful too.
The Tigers are the ninth in the table, and they are below average in pretty much every area. On top of that, they will have to face Drew Rucinski on Tuesday.
The American has been great for the Dinos and should keep the opposition at bay, while Kia’s guy is nowhere near the same level.
Doosan Bears to Beat Hanwha Eagles
The Doosan Bears are in a dog fight for the playoff spots, and they are losing it right now. The team desperately needs to start winning, and Tuesday’s clash against the Hanwha Eagles should help.
The starting lineups are certainly in Doosan’s favor, but that’s not the case with the H2H record. The Eagles have a 3-2 lead throughout the season, so be careful with this one.
I still prefer the Bears for my KBO predictions for Tuesday, but it might be a close clash.
SSG Landers to Beat Samsung Lions
This one is probably the hardest game to predict in the upcoming round. The two sides have similar records, and both are still fighting for the top seed at the end of the KBO regular season.
It looks like the Landers are starting a better pitcher in this one. Oh Won-Seok has five wins on ok stats this season, while Choi Chae-Heung has been struggling for the Lions.
On top of that, the Landers are better when it comes to winning close games, and that’s enough for me to pick them.