KBO Predictions and Analysis – Thursday, April 8 (2021)

| April 7, 2021 10:49 am PDT

The previous round of games in the elite South Korea baseball league saw many runs and some big turnarounds. The same series continues on Thursday, and it will be interesting how the teams respond.

I share my thoughts on every clash in my KBO predictions for April 8. The post doesn’t include odds because the best baseball betting sites are yet to release their lines.

Here’s a list of all games included in my KBO predictions.

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

Hanwha Eagles to Beat SSG Landers

I think that my prediction for game 2 of the series broke some kind of a record. I thought that the SSG Landers would win, but they actually lost by … 17-0. It was an absolute massacre that came out of nowhere.

I’m not sure how a team with two wins and no defeats was demolished like that by the league’s weakest side. Nothing worked for the Landers, and they have to pick themselves up, or they might lose again on Thursday.

Both sides are expected to start shaky pitchers in the last clash of the series and based on pure momentum. I simply feel obligated to pick the Eagles. They should be full of confidence after the devastating performance in the previous game.

Kiwoom Heroes to Beat Kia Tigers

The clash between Kiwoom and Kia was arguably the most entertaining one on Wednesday. The Heroes took a 4-0 lead in the opening inning before their opponents responded in style to grab a 5-4 after the third.

The twists and turns continued by the rest of the regular innings, and there was no winner. It took the full three extra innings for the Tigers to finally edge their opponents.

The problem is that on Thursday, they will have to rely on a guy who had a 6.79 ERA in 2020, while the Heroes are sending one of their promising youngsters to start this one.

Kiwoom should have the upper hand on Thursday, and that’s the team I prefer in the last clash of the series.

KT Wiz Suwon to Beat LG Twins

The first six innings of Wednesday’s game were excellent for LG Twins, and everything went according to the plan. The starting pitcher kept the opposition at bay while the offense found three runs to build a decent lead.

That’s when the bullpens entered the field, and KT Wiz Suwon exploded with 7 runs in the next two innings to close the game.

It was a stunning comeback, and I think that KT Wiz should have the upper hand in the next game. The team has the momentum and is expected to start a much better pitcher than the Twins.

Lotte Giants to Beat NC Dinos

The NC Dinos have been struggling defensively since the start of the season, and their only win so far came thanks to a valiant late run on the offensive end. The reigning champions scored nine runs in the last three innings to overcome a 6-1 deficit on Wednesday.

Another unreliable pitcher is expected to start for the Dinos on Thursday, and I’m not sure they can make a similar comeback. The Giants have the means to hurt them, and it might be a wild game once again.

It should be close, but I prefer to go for the Giants in my KBO predictions for Thursday, mostly because they look like the more consistent team right now.

Samsung Lions to Beat Doosan Bears

I thought that the Doosan Bears would go berserk against a Lions side that is vulnerable. The KBO runners-up did win Wednesday’s game, but it was much closer than I expected.

The two sides were separated by a single run scored by the Bears in the second inning.

I’m not sure that the favorites can afford a similar performance, considering their next starting pitcher.

Kim Min-Gyu started one game this season already and gave up three hits almost instantly before he was replaced. The youngster’s confidence might be shattered right now, so I prefer to back the Samsung Lions in the third clash of the series.

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