KBO Predictions and Analysis – Saturday, October 9, 2021

| October 8, 2021 8:58 am PDT

We’re entering the part of the KBO regular season that is focused on postponed matches. That’s why the schedule in South Korean baseball will be slightly unusual in the next few weeks.

We have only three games in the next round, and I cover them all in my KBO predictions for Saturday, October 9. Here are all fixtures on the schedule.

  • Kia Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles
  • KT Wiz Suwon vs. LG Twins
  • Lotte Giants vs. SSG Landers

Kia Tigers to Beat Hanwha Eagles

Team League Position H2H Wins in 2021 Starting Pitcher Last Five
Tigers 9 7 Han Seung-hyuk (0-3) 2-1-2
Eagles 10 2 Ryan Carpenter (5-11) 2-3

The only two teams in the KBO that have no chance of progressing to the post-season face each other on Saturday. Both the Tigers and the Eagles have been hard to predict recently, beating some of the much stronger opponents in the league.

Kia has been more consistent over the past few weeks, and the team has a much better head-to-head record in 2021. The Tigers have 7 wins and only 2 defeats against Hanwha in this campaign, and they certainly know how to handle this particular opponent.

The key lies in their much stronger defense that usually suffocates the Eagles. Despite his 0-3 record, Han Seung-hyuk has decent individual stats, and I believe he can get the job done on Saturday.

The Tigers would likely struggle themselves against Ryan Carpenter, who has a respectable 3.92 ERA despite his eleven defeats. In most cases, the offense let him down, and that’s exactly what I expect on Saturday.

It should be close for most of the game, and once the starters are done, the Tigers should be able to punish Hanwha’s abysmal bullpen. That’s why I prefer backing Kia in my KBO predictions for October 9.

KT Wiz Suwon to Beat LG Twins

Team League Position H2H Wins in 2021 Starting Pitcher Last Five
KT Wiz 1 7 Ko Young-pyo (11-4) 2-2-1
Twins 2 5 Lim Jun-hyeung (0-0) 2-1-2

The top two teams in South Korean baseball are about to meet on Saturday, and this clash could be vital for the playoffs. KT Wiz Suwon currently has a decent lead in the standings, and another win would probably break the Twins mentally.

The league leaders are in an excellent position to achieve it thanks to their huge advantage when it comes to the starting pitchers. Suwon’s Ko Young-pyo has been a powerhouse this season, winning 11 of his 15 starts.

Three of these victories came against the Twins, and this guy knows how to stop them. I expect a similar performance on Saturday, which should provide an excellent platform for KT Wiz’s offense.

The batter will face the young Lim Jun-hyeng, who has barely featured this season. I’m not sure that a player that raw can stop Suwon right now, and I expect a win for the top team in the KBO on Saturday.

SSG Landers to Beat Lotte Giants

Team League Position H2H Wins in 2021 Starting Pitcher Last Five
Landers 7 7 Jo Yeong-u (3-7) 3-2
Giants 8 4 Lee Seung-heon (0-1) 3-2

When you have two teams that are desperately trying to qualify for the postseason, anything is possible. The two sides are still close enough to the last spot in the playoffs, but a defeat on Saturday could prove to be fatal for their ambitions.

Funny enough, both teams are forced to send some of their worst pitchers for such a crucial game.

SSG’s Jo Yeong-u has a 6.35 ERA in 2021, and you can’t really on him too much. And yet, he was awesome in his only game against the Giants so far.

Lotte’s starter is yet to register a good performance in the league. Every single time he played more than an inning, his team was in trouble.

This one could be wild, and I believe that the Landers are slightly better equipped for a game of this nature.

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