KBO Predictions for Round 143 – Friday, October 16, 2020
We saw several heavy blowouts in the top South Korea baseball league on Thursday and I’m sure that the losing teams will be happy to face a new opponent in the next round.
I share my KBO predictions for all games on Friday and they include my reasoning for every clash. What you won’t find here are betting picks and odds, simply because the betting sites are yet to release their lines.
With that in mind, here’s a complete list of the games covered by my KBO predictions for Friday, October 16.
- KIA Tigers vs. LG Twins
- KT Wiz Suwon vs. SK Wyverns
- Lotte Giants vs. NC Dinos
- Doosan Bears vs. Kiwoom Heroes
- Samsung Lions vs Hanwha Eagles
LG Twins to Beat KIA Tigers
The Tigers just won a crazy game against the league leaders NC Dinos and their confidence should be off the charts. The problem is that they now face the in-form LG Twins that have won most of their games in October.
On top of that, the team is chasing the top spot in the standings and is expected to send a much better starting pitcher for the series opener on Friday. I simply don’t see how the KIA Tigers could win this one under such circumstances, so I’m going for the Twins.
KT Wiz Suwon to Beat SK Wyverns
KT Wiz Suwon just had a tough series against the Kiwoom Heroes and the team’s ambitions for a good seed in the KBO playoffs took a blow. On the bright side, the next three games are against the second-to-last SK Wyverns.
The favorite should start the opening clash with an easy victory, based on the projected starting pitchers. Suwon is sending one of its best options, while SK’s choice is yet to win a game and has abysmal stats in his five starts of the season.
That’s more than enough for me to back KT Wiz Suwon in my KBO predictions for Friday.
NC Dinos to Beat Lotte Giants
The NC Dinos allowed too many runs in the previous series against the Tigers and that resulted in two defeats from three games. The KBO leaders will be looking to bounce back against the Giants and they are sending the heavy artillery.
Drew Rucinski should start this one and he’s been the best pitcher in the league in 2020. He should be able to contain the opposition, while the Giants will have to rely on a guy that was part of the bullpen for most of the season.
Despite NC’s inconsistent performances in October, I believe that the team will win this one.
Doosan Bears to Beat Kiwoom Heroes
We finally saw another strong game by Doosan’s offense on Thursday, after the team scored 16 runs against the Hanwha Eagles. The reigning champions have found some momentum towards the end of the regular season and that might help them earn a better starting position for the playoffs.
The series against the Heroes could be crucial in that regard because the teams are currently tied. Kiwoom had two strong performances against KT Wiz this week, so it won’t be easy. However, the Bears should have more energy and are expected to send a stronger starting pitcher.
I see enough reasons to trust them in my KBO predictions for October 16, although, it should be a close encounter.
Samsung Lions to Beat Hanwha Eagles
On paper, the Samsung Lions are much better than their upcoming opponent. The problem is that the team has the habit of underperforming against the worst sides in the league and we saw that clearly in the last series against the Wyverns.
The Lions are once again favorites not only because they are the stronger team, but also because of the better starting pitcher they are expected to send on the field.
I don’t see many rational arguments to go against them, but I don’t feel too confident in my prediction for the opening game of the series.