KBO Predictions and Analysis – Thursday, October 28
The high-scoring trend in South Korean baseball continued in the previous round of the KBO. Many teams went wild and we saw plenty of runs.
I believe that the pressure at the end of the regular season is playing with the pitchers’ nerves. We might see more of the same on Thursday too. It’s a factor I consider in my KBO predictions for October 28.
Here’s a list of the games I cover.
- Kia Tigers vs. Lotte Giants
- LG Twins vs. Hanwha Eagles
- NC Dinos vs. KT Wiz Suwon
- Doosan Bears vs. SSG Landers
Kia Tigers to Beat Lotte Giants
I thought that the Kia Tigers might put an end to Lotte’s ambitions in the previous round and that’s exactly what happened.
I’m sure they must be devastated right now and the team’s morale will be extremely low. That alone gives me enough of a reason to back the Tigers and the projected pitchers point in this direction too.
Kia’s Im Gi-yeong has been more reliable than Lotte’s Enderson Franco over the course of the season. On top of that, the Korean has three victories in October already.
All things considered, the Tigers should be able to win again on Thursday.
LG Twins to Beat Hanwha Eagles
The previous round was great for the LG Twins. They beat the Hanwha Eagles and their main contenders for the top spot in the standings both lost their games.
Another win on Thursday would put LG’s opponents under more pressure and could potentially open the door to a higher seed for the playoffs.
The starting pitchers suggest that the Twins should be able to achieve it. Let’s check them out.
- Lee Min-ho (Twins): 8-9; 4.45 ERA
- Ryan Carpenter (Eagles): 5-12; 4.06 ERA
On the surface, Carpenter is comparable to his Min-ho, but that’s only if you look at their overall stats. If you filter the games against Thursday’s opponents, the picture is completely different.
The American is 0-3 on a 10.93 ERA against the Twins, while LG’s youngster has a 4-0 record versus the Eagles. Min-ho allowed only one run in his four meetings with this opponent, so I have to respect his achievement.
The Twins have all the means to win this one, so I’m backing them in my KBO predictions for October 28.
KT Wiz Suwon to Beat NC Dinos
The NC Dinos beat KT Wiz Suwon on Wednesday to keep their playoff hopes alive. The two teams meet twice on Thursday too and the reigning champs need two more victories to keep their season going.
I cover only the early clash in my KBO predictions for October 28 because we don’t have the team news for the late one.
Here are the starting pitchers for the first game of the day.
- Song Myung-gi (Dinos): 8-9; 6.14 ERA
- Ko Young-pyo (KT Wiz): 11-6; 2.99 ERA
The Dinos look stronger right now and their offense is flying, but I feel obliged to respect Suwon’s advantage when it comes to the starters. Ko Young-pyo has been phenomenal this season and he has two victories against the champions already, while Song Myung-gi has constantly failed to deliver.
There’s always a chance for NC’s offense to explode, but backing KT Wiz makes more sense.
SSG Landers to Beat Doosan Bears
The Doosan Bears achieved a key victory against the SSG Landers on Wednesday. It might very well be the game that cemented their place in the KBO postseason.
Scoring six runs in the fourth inning pretty much decided the outcome of the clash. The Landers will be hoping for a quick bounce back in the next round and I believe they can find it.
Let’s start with the pitchers for this encounter.
- Gwak Been (Bears): 4-7; 4.13 ERA
- Sam Gaviglio (Landers): 6-4; 6.01 ERA
The disparity between Gaviglio’s record and ERA comes from his first few games. The American needed some time to adapt, but his more recent performances have been much better.
I believe he’s the better pitcher and I expect solid support from his offense. It should be close, but I’m with the Landers in this one.
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