Lotte Giants vs. Samsung Lions – KBO (July 10, 2021)
The first game between the Lotte Giants and the Samsung Lions this week brought us a lot of drama and an unexpected winner. The score was 5-5 after nine innings, and we saw two more before the underdog scored four runs to win the clash.
It’s interesting to see if Samsung can respond in the next encounter, and I share my thoughts on both sides’ chances in this Giants vs. Lions betting preview for July 10. I’ve included the latest team news, key stats, and my prediction.
Lotte Giants Key Facts and Team News
- League Position: 8th
- Last 5 Games: 3-2
- Runs Scored: 408
- Runs Conceded: 445
- Starting Pitcher: Park Se-Woong (3-5; 4.11 ERA)
If Lotte’s defense were at least average, the team would’ve been chasing the KBO playoff spots right now. The offense often delivers solid performances, but with so many runs conceded, you simply can’t win nearly enough games.
The previous clash against the Lions was good, though, and the Giants’ morale certainly good a strong boost. The team is about to send a decent starting pitcher as well.
Park Se-Woong was beaten twice by Samsung this campaign, but his record is a bit misleading. The problem on both occasions was that his teammates simply didn’t provide enough support. His ERA in the two 2021 encounters against the Lions is 3.75, which is decent.
The bullpen and the offense, to an extent, let him down twice, and he will certainly need more help if the Giants want to win on Saturday.
Samsung Lions Key Facts and Team News
- League Position: 3rd
- Last 5 Games: 3-2
- Runs Scored: 396
- Runs Conceded: 363
- Starting Pitcher: Won Tae-In (9-4; 2.59 ERA)
If you have just lost two in a row, starting your best pitcher is always a good idea. The young and talented Won Tae-In has been exceptional in 2021 for the Samsung Lions.
He already beat Saturday’s opponents twice, and I expect another strong performance on Saturday. The youngster should be able to keep the Giants quiet for at least five or six innings.
On top of that, the Lions have been decent offensively and have a reliable bullpen. They have more arguments for this clash, and I’m sure they will be angry after the dramatic loss in the previous round.
Lotte Giants vs. Samsung Lions Prediction
The sensible Giants vs. Lions prediction is to back Samsung. The team is much better as a whole and is starting an exceptional pitcher. I simply can’t back Lotte under such circumstances, but I urge you to be careful if you intend to bet on the KBO.
The Giants can always explode offensively, and they will be starting a decent pitcher, so you shouldn’t rule them out.
- Prediction: Samsung Lions to Win
If you found this preview helpful, I have a similar one for another KBO game scheduled for July 10.