KBO Predictions for Round 136 – Friday, October 9, 2020

| October 8, 2020 6:52 am PDT

The KBO continues on Friday with another round of games that might have a strong impact on the regular season standings. The places from second to fifth are pretty much wide open right now and there’s a lot left to play for in the top South Korea baseball division.

I share my KBO predictions for October 9 in this post and each of them comes with my analysis and a look at the projected starting pitchers. You won’t find any odds or betting picks, though, because the lines of the leading baseball sportsbooks online haven’t been released yet.

Here’s a list of all games covered in my KBO predictions for Friday.                                                  

  • Lotte Giants vs. Samsung Lions
  • NC Dinos vs. LG Twins
  • Doosan Bears vs. KT Wiz Suwon
  • SK Wyverns vs. KIA Tigers
  • Kiwoom Heroes vs. Hanwha Eagles

Samsung Lions to Beat Lotte Giants

Both teams just lost close games in the KBO and will be looking to bounce back immediately. You would normally expect the Giants to have the edge because they are still fighting for the KBO playoffs. And yet, the Lions are starting the much better pitcher who already led them to 14 wins this season.

On top of that, their bullpen has been stronger recently and that should be enough to contain the streaky offense of the opposition. It should be a close clash, but I believe that Samsung will eventually win.

LG Twins to Beat NC Dinos

The LG Twins are still involved in a fierce battle for a better seed in the KBO playoffs and the team needs every win it could get. At the same time, the Dinos have an excellent lead at the top and their main goal is to avoid injuries for the postseason.

I believe that LG’s higher motivation and their stronger starting pitcher should give them the edge on Friday. It won’t be easy but I expect a win for the Twins over the KBO leaders.

KT Wiz Suwon to Beat Doosan Bears

The clash between Suwon and the Bears is one of the toughest to predict on Friday. Both sides are expected to send starting pitchers with solid stats, so we might see a quiet game, at least for the first six or seven innings.

Another common trait is the inconsistent offense that has been absent at times in the past month or so. And yet, I believe that KT Wiz is the team that wins more close games, so I’m going against the reigning KBO champions here.

SK Wyverns to Beat KIA Tigers

The KIA Tigers just lost three out of four games against the last-placed Hanwha Eagles and that could cost them a place in the KBO playoffs. The team’s morale is likely down after that series and I think we might see another sub-par performance on Friday.

KIA’s projected starting pitcher has been struggling badly this season, while the Wyverns are expected to send of their top performers in this position. SK already surprised some of the teams fighting for the KBO playoffs, so another victory here won’t be a complete shocker.

It must be mentioned that the Tigers offense has disappeared recently which is another reason to go for the Wyverns in my KBO predictions for Friday.

Kiwoom Heroes to Beat Hanwha Eagles

The last-placed Hanwha Eagles just won three times against the KIA Tigers and they have been solid over the past month or so. The lack of pressure has helped them grind results against teams that are trying hard to improve their standings towards the end of the season.

That’s exactly the case with the Kiwoom Heroes who just beat the league leaders and will be hoping for another victory. Both sides will be starting solid pitchers with comparable stats, but the Heroes have the better offense which is enough for me to back them on Friday.

Jerry Summer
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