KBO Predictions and Analysis – Thursday, September 30 (2021)

| September 29, 2021 10:24 am PDT

The weather didn’t allow much action in South Korean baseball on Wednesday, but the early forecasts suggest it should be much better in the next round.

All five fixtures on Thursday are expected to go through, and we already have the starting pitchers. I share more info on that in my KBO predictions for September 30 that cover the following games.

  • Hanwha Eagles vs. Samsung Lions
  • KT Wiz Suwon vs. Lotte Giants
  • Doosan Bears vs. LG Twins
  • SSG Landers vs. NC Dinos
  • Kiwoom Heroes vs. Kia Tigers

Samsung Lions to Beat Hanwha Eagles

You can’t afford to underestimate the Eagles when Nick Kingham starts, and that should be the case on Thursday. The pitcher has an excellent record and two wins over the Lions from three attempts in 2021.

The American has been Hanwha’s top performer this season, and this certainly gives his side hope for the upcoming match.

The problem is that the Eagles are about to face Samsung’s best player in this position too.

David Buchanan beat them three times this campaign, and there’s a good argument that he’s the most reliable pitcher in the entire league.

I don’t think it will be easy for the Lions, but I have to respect Buchanan. That’s why I prefer backing Samsung in my KBO predictions for September 30.

KT Wiz Suwon to Beat Lotte Giants

KT Wiz Suwon suffered a heavy defeat in the previous KBO round, and I’m sure the league leaders will be eager to bounce back immediately. They’ve been struggling a bit against the Giants this season, and the H2H record shows a minimal 7-6 advantage for KT Wiz.

The good news is that Bae Je-seong is next in Suwon’s rotation.

The pitcher has been great this season, and he looked strong in both of his games against this opponent. He should perform better than Lotte’s Dan Straily, who has been inconsistent in 2021.

I don’t think it would be easy, but I believe that KT Wiz Suwon should come out on top on Thursday.

Doosan Bears to Beat LG Twins

The LG Twins have gathered some momentum after three consecutive wins in the league, but they face the team that has the best record in the past two weeks.

The Bears just demolished the league leaders, and their confidence was off the charts even before Wednesday’s victory.

On top of that, Walker Locket is next in Doosan’s rotation. The American has been solid this season and most certainly better than LG’s starter Lee Woo-chan.

The Twins have struggled against teams of this caliber when they have played mediocre pitchers, and I expect more of the same on Thursday.

NC Dinos to Beat SSG Landers

This clash could be among the most important ones in the upcoming round of South Korean baseball, and the pressure will be enormous.

Both sides desperately need a victory to keep their chances for a spot in the KBO playoffs alive which should serve as the ultimate motivation.

The reigning champions are in a better position to win based on the team news.

They will be able to use Drew Rucinski, who’s been their top pitcher this season. You can add to that their good record against the Landers.

SSG’s starter is not too reliable either, so I see enough reasons to back the NC Dinos in my KBO predictions for September 30.

Kiwoom Heroes to Beat Kia Tigers

The H2H record between these two is closer than their league positions suggest. The Tigers have six wins, while the Heroes have seven.

On top of that, the two sides are expected to send decent pitchers with comparable stats.

Kiwoom’s offense should be able to make the difference in this one, which is why I expect a win for the Heroes on Thursday.

I’m not too confident in my prediction, though, because this is the most inconsistent team in the league. You should be careful if you want to bet on the KBO, and the Heroes are involved!

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