KBO Predictions and Analysis – Wednesday, September 1 (2021)
The weather has recently brought a lot of chaos in South Korean baseball, and we had another two canceled games on Tuesday.
The next round is supposed to feature eight fixtures to make up for them and one previous cancelation, but the forecasts suggest that the rain might once again ruin the schedule.
And yet, at least a few of the games should go through as expected, which is enough for me to deliver my KBO predictions for September 1. Here’s a list of the fixtures I’ve included.
- Kia Tigers vs. Doosan Bears
- KT Wiz Suwon vs. Hanwha Eagles
- LG Twins vs. Lotte Giants
- NC Dinos vs. SSG Landers
- Kiwoom Heroes vs. Samsung Lions
Doosan Bears to Beat Kia Tigers
Tuesday’s clash between the Bears and the Tigers fell through, so they are expected to meet twice in the next round. My prediction is for the early game because we already have the team news.
The team has been struggling recently, but it’s Ariel Miranda’s turn in the rotation. The pitcher has been excellent in 2021 and already has ten victories in the KBO.
He can certainly keep the opponents quiet, while Kia’s Yoon Joong-hyun is normally part of the bullpen. He was demolished last time he met the Bears, and I’m not sure he can stop their offense this time around either.
It should be a comfortable game for the Bears unless the weather ruins it once again.
KT Wiz Suwon to Beat Hanwha Eagles
I was shocked by Suwon’s toothless display against the Eagles on Tuesday. The KBO leaders were shaky defensively too, so it was an easy victory for the last-placed team in South Korean baseball.
The problem for the Eagles is that they are about to start a pitcher with a 0-9 record in the next encounter. Jang Si-hwan is yet to register a victory, and he was beaten twice by KT Wiz this season.
On top of that, Suwon’s projected starter Um Sang-back has been solid in August, and he should be able to contain the Eagles. I see enough reasons to back KT Wiz in my KBO predictions for September 1.
LG Twins to Beat Lotte Giants
The LG Twins usually rely on their defense to win, but it was a complete display in the first clash against the Giants. The offense scored eight runs in the first two innings, and the pitchers made sure that was enough to win.
The Twins don’t have the same obvious advantage when it comes to Wednesday’s lineups. They are going to use one of their weaker starting pitchers in Im Chan-kyu for this one, while the solid Dan Straily is next in Lotte’s rotation.
The Twins are chasing KT Wiz Suwon for the top spot in the KBO standings, and they look determined to claim it sooner rather than later.
SSG Landers to Beat NC Dinos
The opening clash between these two was canceled because of the rainy conditions, and I think that the NC Dinos were happier with that.
The reigning champions have been underperforming recently, so another day to regroup might be beneficial. The question is, what happens on Wednesday when there are two games on the schedule.
I’ve included only the early one in my KBO predictions for September 1 because we don’t know much about the second clash.
The lineups look good for the Dinos, at least on the surface. They have the better starting pitcher in Drew Rucinski. The problem is that his record has gotten worse recently, and he didn’t perform well in his previous clash against the Landers.
It should be close, but I believe that SSG’s recent form has been better, and the team can win this one.
Samsung Lions to Beat Kiwoom Heroes
Another clash that should see two fixtures on Wednesday, and once again, I cover only the first one.
The Lions already recorded a victory over the Heroes on Tuesday, although it was much harder than I expected.
Samsung’s resilience paid off, and I think the team should have the upper hand in the next clash too. David Buchanan is expected to lead the Lions, and he’s been among the most consistent pitchers in the KBO this season with a 10-3 record.
He can stop the Heroes, and the offense is good enough to support him with at least several runs. That should suffice for a victory, and that’s why I prefer the Lions once again.