KBO Predictions and Analysis – Wednesday, September 29 (2021)
Every single game in South Korean baseball scheduled for Wednesday is questionable. The weather forecasts suggest it might rain pretty much everywhere.
And yet, we should have at least a few games on our hands, which is enough of a reason for me to share my KBO predictions for September 29. Here are the fixtures I’ve included:
- Kia Tigers vs. NC Dinos
- Lotte Giants vs. LG Twins
- Doosan Bears vs. KT Wiz Suwon
- SSG Landers vs. Samsung Lions
- Kiwoom Heroes vs. Hanwha Eagles
NC Dinos to Beat Kia Tigers
These two teams are supposed to meet twice on Wednesday, and I only cover the early clash. We won’t know the starting lineups for the second one soon, so it’s pointless to include it in my KBO predictions.
The Dinos will be eager to prevail in both games after finally returning to winning ways in the previous round. The KBO champions earned a hard-fought 10-9 victory that should lift their confidence at least a bit.
Another reason to expect a good performance can be found in the projected pitchers. NC’s Lee Jae-hak has struggled this season, but he’s still better than Lee Min-woo.
Kia’s starter has a 1-9 record on a 9.32 ERA. I don’t think he can stop the opposition, and the Dinos should easily punish him time and time again.
LG Twins to Beat Lotte Giants
I expected a win for the LG Twins in the first clash against the Lotte Giants this week, and they delivered. I’m not sure what will happen in the second game because of the starting lineups.
Park Se-woong should get the nod for the Giants, and he’s been relatively solid this season. The same can be said for Lee Min-ho, who’s next for the Twins.
This one could go either way, really. LG’s stronger bullpen could make the difference, but the Giants have the more productive offense.
I will use the H2H record as a tiebreaker, and the Twins are leading 7-3 in 2021, so I prefer them after all.
KT Wiz Suwon to Beat Doosan Bears
It feels like the Doosan Bears had a great chance to beat the league leaders in the previous round, but they failed to deliver.
The next clash should be even tougher for them because Odrisamer Despaigne will be starting. The pitcher has been excellent for KT Wiz Suwon in 2021 and even beat the Bears comprehensively in his only meeting against them.
Doosan’s Gwan Been is not a bad pitcher either, but his stats are worse, and he looked hopeless against Suwon last time around.
It feels like the arguments in favor of the league leaders are too many to ignore, so I prefer backing KT Wiz in my KBO predictions for September 29.
Samsung Lions to Beat SSG Landers
The SSG Landers produced on both ends to beat the Samsung Lions on Tuesday, which should boost their confidence. I’m not sure that would be enough for the next clash, though.
David Buchanan is expected to start, and he already has two wins against the Landers from the same number of games. The American is among the most reliable pitchers in the entire league, while SSG’s starter Jo Byeong-hyeon is a teenager with only one game in South Korean baseball.
I simply don’t see how the Landers can take something from this one, so backing the Lions is almost mandatory under the circumstances.
Kiwoom Heroes to Beat Hanwha Eagles
The Kiwoom Heroes did it again! Despite using one of their best pitchers against the worst team in the league, they only managed a tie against the Hanwha Eagles on Tuesday.
And it’s not like Eric Jokisch failed them. The pitcher delivered an excellent performance, and the Eagles scored only once in this clash. Kiwoom’s offense failed to deliver, which was the reason why the game was tied.
The Heroes will be hoping for a better performance on Wednesday, and they once again have the upper hand when it comes to the starting pitchers.
They will use An Woo-jin, who’s been decent so far this season, while the Eagles are forced to send a youngster with very limited experience. The Heroes should be able to win this one, but I would be careful because of their inconsistency.