KBO Predictions and Analysis – Friday, October 30, 2020
All favorites won their KBO games on Thursday, so the playoffs seeds in the best South Korea baseball league will be decided on Friday. We know that the NC Dinos are going to finish first, but the teams behind them could climb the standings.
It’s going to be dramatic, as you can see from my KBO predictions for Friday. I share my thoughts on all games scheduled for October 30, but there are no odds or betting picks because the betting sites haven’t released their lines yet.
With that in mind, here are all games included in my KBO Predictions for Friday.
- KIA Tigers vs. Lotte Giants
- KT Wiz Suwon vs. Hanwha Eagles
- LG Twins vs. SK Wyverns
- NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions
- Kiwoom Heroes vs. Doosan Bears
KIA Tigers to Beat Lotte Giants
Both the Tigers and the Giants have been inconsistent this season which is why they are out of the playoffs. Their performance has gotten worse since they lost their chances to qualify for the postseason and they just want this season to end.
The Tigers have managed to stay somewhat respectable, though, while their future opponent has been nothing short of abysmal. The Giants lost seven of the last ten games and look like don’t really care what’s going to happen on the field.
It seems that the Tigers are the more motivated team and that’s enough for me to back them in Friday’s clash.
KT Wiz Suwon to Beat Hanwha Eagles
After beating the same opponent in the previous round, KT Wiz Suwon needs another victory to keep its chances for the second spot in the league alive. If the team loses, the Kiwoom Heroes and the Doosan Bears could overcome Suwon.
There’s no room for backing down and I expect full focus right from the start. KT Wiz plays the worst team in the country and is expected to start a much stronger pitcher. Unless the pressure gets to the players, it should be a comfortable victory for the favorite.
LG Twins to Beat SK Wyverns
The Twins are in a good position and a win against the struggling SK Wyverns will be enough to secure the second seed for the upcoming KBO Playoffs. LG’s strong offense should be able to punish the team that has allowed the most runs this season.
The other big advantage of the Twins is that they are projected to start a much better pitcher than the opposition. That gives me enough reasons to back LG in my KBO predictions for Friday. Unless SK’s offense explodes, it should be an easy win for the Twins.
Samsung Lions to Beat NC Dinos
The Samsung Lions already beat the KBO leaders once this week and I won’t be shocked to see another victory in their favor. The team tends to improve dramatically against the best sides in the league, while the Dinos are currently looking forward to the playoffs.
The top seed in South Korea is trying to keep some momentum, but the health of the players is way more important. I believe it should be a close clash that could go either way and I like Samsung’s chances, based on the team’s performance against the top three in the past two months.
Doosan Bears to Beat Kiwoom Heroes
The clash between the Doosan Bears and the Kiwoom Heroes is arguably the most important one on Friday. Both sides are already in the playoffs, but there are various options when it comes to the seeds.
If the reigning champions win the upcoming game, they are certainly going to overcome the opponent and there’s a chance to climb another one or two spots in the final standings.
The Heroes need to win to keep the fourth place and if KT Wiz or the Twins lose, they will finish above them. The stakes are high here I expect a nervous battle that will be decided by the mental strength of the two teams.
That’s why I prefer to back the Doosan Bears. They are the defending champions and should have the confidence to perform when the pressure is so high.