KBO Predictions and Analysis – Tuesday, April 13 (2021)

| April 12, 2021 9:28 am PDT

The first full week of KBO action is over, and now we know more about every team. The top South Korean baseball league will return on Tuesday after a short break with a full round of fixtures.

I explore all of them in my KBO predictions that include a look at the projected starting pitchers and the form of both sides. There are no betting picks, though, because the odds of the best KBO betting sites are yet to be published.

Here are all games that I’ve included in my KBO predictions for April 13.

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

Samsung Lions to Beat Hanwha Eagles

The Samsung Lions looked like the worst team in South Korean baseball after the first few games, but they recovered to win four in a row and now sit in the middle of the table. The offense has been strong after the early struggles, and their pitchers have looked solid.

Won Tae-In is next in the rotation, and he is one of the Lions’ experienced options. His only start of the campaign so far was pretty good, and he allowed only one run across five innings. That’s bad news for the inconsistent offense of the Eagles. Hanwha finished last week on a high after two wins over the Doosan Bears, but the team will have to rely on Park Jo-Hung on Tuesday.

He was a disaster last season, and I don’t expect much in 2021 either.

The in-form Lions should have the upper hand in this one, so I prefer to back them in game one of the series.

KT Wiz Suwon to Beat Doosan Bears

Both the Bears and KT Wiz struggled in their last series, losing most of their games. The good news for the runners-up from 2020 is that the offense had some good moments against the Eagles.

Doosan needs more of the same, and I’m not sure the opposition will allow it. Ko Young-Po registered a quality start in his KBO debut, so he should be fired up for his next match too.

The same applies to Ariel Miranda, who is projected to start for the Bears. The Cuban pitcher looked good in his opening game, so this clash might be quiet.

Most people probably expect a win for the Bears, but I believe that KT Wiz Suwon could surprise the favorite here and take advantage of Doosan’s offensive struggles.

LG Twins to Beat Kiwoom Heroes

We all knew that the LG Twins would rely predominantly on their pitchers to win games, which has been working so far. The team sits on top of the KBO, and I think that another strong defensive performance might be on the cards on Tuesday.

The Twins will send a decent starter like Im Chan-Kyu against the inconsistent Kiwoom offense.

At the same time, the Heroes are expected to pick Josh Smith, and he was demolished in his opening game against the Tigers.

The American’s confidence certainly is down, so I’m backing the Twins in my KBO predictions for Tuesday.

Kia Tigers to Beat Lotte Giants

Both the Tigers and the Giants strike me as very inconsistent teams that would struggle to find a place in the KBO playoffs.

They will certainly have entertaining games, because both sides have heavy hitters and shaky pitchers.

The starters for April 13 look vulnerable to me, and that makes the game hard to predict. We might very well see a massacre in the series opener, and I think that the Tigers are slightly better equipped to handle it.

NC Dinos to Beat SSG Landers

After a shaky start, the NC Dinos looked formidable once again in their last few games. The champions’ offense was devastating against the Tigers, and I’m not sure the next opponent can stop it either.

The SSG Landers will have to rely on new boy Wilmer Font who struggled big time in his KBO debut. Sending him against one of the most potent teams in the league doesn’t sound like a good idea, so I simply have to back the Dinos for Tuesday’s encounter.

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