KBO Predictions and Analysis – Wednesday, June 9 (2021)
The weather on Wednesday should be excellent, which will allow half of the elite South Korean baseball teams to avenge the defeats they suffered at the start of the week.
I’m curious to see how some of them react. In this post, I share my expectations with KBO predictions for Wednesday, June 9.
Here’s a full list of the games I cover.
- Kia Tigers vs. Samsung Lions
- KT Wiz Suwon vs. SSG Landers
- NC Dinos vs. LG Twins
- Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants
- Kiwoom Heroes vs. Hanwha Eagles
Samsung Lions to Beat Kia Tigers
The opening game between these two was probably the most predictable one from the previous round of the KBO. The Samsung Lions were in control right from the start of the clash and had no problems closing it.
We saw how inefficient Kia’s offense is once again, and I’m not sure we’ll see major changes on Wednesday.
Both sides are expected to start shaky pitchers in the upcoming encounter, but the Lions have more means to punish the opposition. Their superior offense should make the difference in this one, so I expected another victory for Samsung.
KT Wiz Suwon to Beat SSG Landers
I expected a win for KT Wiz Suwon in the first clash against the KBO leaders, and the team delivered. The stellar defense did the job in the 4-2 victory that should boost Suwon’s confidence.
The team has a big advantage in terms of starting pitchers for the second clash too.
KT Wiz’s projected starter Bae Je-Seong has been solid up to this point of the campaign and already has four victories. He should be able to mostly contain the Landers.
The overall impression is that the KBO leaders simply don’t have the tools to win this one, so I prefer backing KT Wiz in my KBO predictions for Wednesday, June 9.
NC Dinos to Beat LG Twins
The Dinos had an early 1-0 lead versus the Twins on Tuesday, and it stood for a long time before their bullpen allowed two late runs to surrender the game.
I’m pretty sure that the KBO champions will be furious after this defeat, and they have the chance to bounce back immediately on Wednesday.
The defensive-minded Twins should have a lot more problems in the next clash based on their starter. They are forced to send Lee Woo-Chan out there, and he will probably last only a few innings.
It’s a complicated situation, and we know what happens when LG’s defense is not flawless. Their opponents are the best offensive squad in the country, so it doesn’t look good for the Twins.
Lotte Giants to Beat Doosan Bears
Now and then, the KBO produces a game that leaves you speechless. Lotte’s 18-9 victory over the Doosan Bears in the previous round is an excellent example of that.
On top of that, they are starting a much stronger pitcher on Wednesday.
Despite some shaky moments, Dan Straily is a solid player who can keep almost any opponent at bay. In the meantime, the Bears are forced to rely on Lee Young-Ha, who has been a disaster this season and allowed nine runs in three innings against the same opponent in April.
I simply have to back the Giants in this one, all things considered.
Hanwha Eagles to Beat Kiwoom Heroes
I was pretty happy with my prediction that the Eagles would win on Tuesday, but I’m torn on which team to back in the next clash.
The Heroes are starting Eric Jokisch, who is arguably their strongest pitcher, and he already has one victory against the same opponent this season.
On the other hand, Kiwoom’s form has been awful recently, and it’s Ryan Carpenter’s turn in Hanwha’s rotation. The American has excellent stats since the start of the season, and he should be able to shut the Heroes down.
I expect a close game on Wednesday, but it feels like the Eagles should have the momentum, and I prefer picking them in my KBO predictions.