The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) rolls along with series finales on Thursday June 4, 2020 when the Lotte Giants (11-14) visit the Kia Tigers (14-12). This game will air live on ESPN at 5:30 p.m. EST. Kia will be looking to sweep the Lotte Giants for the second time this season.
Kia opened the series with a 7-2 win thanks to a monster day at the plate from Yoo Mon-sang. The first baseman went 4-4 with one home run and five RBIs. Im Ki-young notched his second win of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.67 on the season.
Wednesday was a more team affair as the Kia Tigers came away with an easy 11-2 win over Lotte. Kia was led by Preston Tucker, who had one home run and three RBIs, but three other Tigers contributed with two RBIs each. Yan Hyun-jong improved his record to 4-2 on the season thanks to a six inning, two hit, one earned run outing.
Below is my pick for the Lotte Giants vs Kia Tigers. All odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Lotte Giants (+146) vs Kia Tigers (-178): O/U 8.5 (-122/-106)
Pitching Match-Up: Noh Kyung-eun (1-1, 5.57 ERA) vs Aaron Brooks (1-2, 3.23 ERA)
Noh Kyung-eun has had a rough start to his 16th KBO season as the 36-year-old has given up less than three earned runs just one start this season. Last time out, the righty gave up three earned runs in six innings and took the loss against Doosan. Kyung-eun is averaging 5.2 innings pitched, 3.2 earned runs and 6.5 hits per game.
Aaron Brooks is enjoying a strong start to his first KBO season, though the record may not indicate that. Brooks has given up under three earned runs in three of his five starts but has just one win to show for it. Last time out, Brooks took the loss after giving up just two earned runs in six innings pitched. The righty is averaging 6.1 innings pitched, 2.2 earned runs and 6.6 hits per game.
Lotte has been one of the worst teams over the last 10 games as they have a 3-7 record with a -29-run differential, -22-hit differential, and -8-home run differential. On the road, Lotte is 5-9 this season with a -14-run differential, a -17-hit differential, and a -2-home run differential.
Kia have been the definition of average, record wise, over their last 10 games as they a 5-5 record with a +7-run differential, a +20-hit differential, and a +4-home run differential. At home, Kia are 8-6 this season with a +15-run differential, a +23-hit differential, and a +6-home run differential.
Prediction: Give me the Kia Tigers to get the sweep.
KBO Picks Record: 14-8