Samsung Lions vs. KIA Tigers Betting Preview – KBO, Wednesday, September 2, 2020
I can’t say I’m surprised by the outcome of the first game between the Lions and the Tigers. Samsung’s weak starting pitcher was punished and the team’s offense couldn’t deliver, so KIA enjoyed an easy 6-0 victory in the opener.
On paper, the second clash should be closer because the gap between the starting pitchers might not be that big. I share my prediction for game two of the series in the Samsung Lions vs. KIA Tigers betting preview that also features the latest odds, my opinion on the team news, and a free betting pick.
Lions vs. Tigers Odds
The Samsung Lions vs. KIA Tigers betting odds are almost identical to what we had for game one and that’s hardly a surprise. The underdog might have a slightly higher chance on Wednesday, but there are few arguments to suggest that the Lions could win.
Samsung Lions Current Form
A quick look at the last ten games shows that the Lions have lost seven of them and the team has simply fallen behind recently. The offense is often unreliable and the pitching has been awful. That’s bound to continue in the next game too.
It’s not yet sure which pitcher will start for the Lions as Sung Hwan Yoon was expected to get the nod but is currently listed as unavailable. That’s a big problem as the whole rotation of the Lions has been struggling as well.
The offense will have to make the difference here and there’s little reason to expect that will happen based on what we’ve seen recently.
KIA Tigers Current Form
The Tigers should feel comfortable after the opening game and the team certainly needs a second victory on Wednesday. KIA is just 1.5 wins behind the fifth place in the KBO standings which is the last one that provides a path to the knockouts.
The team’s main strength is the good defense and that should be enough against the Lions in game two as well. Drew Gagnon is expected to start and while he hasn’t been the most consistent pitcher of Tigers, he still had some good moments throughout the season and the Lions are struggling right now.
He certainly will be able to rely on some help for the offense, so KIA is in a good position to register another victory on Wednesday.
Lions vs. Tigers Prediction and Pick
I feel like I don’t have much of a choice here, the top betting sites once again provide a solid price of -105 for the Tigers to cover the handicap. The team is much better right now and is chasing after a playoff spot, so beating the sorry Lions makes a lot of sense.