At the halfway point of the Korean Baseball Organization’s regular season, the race for first place has tightened up as the NC Dinos now lead by just 3 ½ games over the second-place Kiwoon Heroes and both look for a victory on Saturday in their respective series.
NC Dinos vs Kia Tigers: NC -110 ; O/U 9
The NC Dinos had their Friday game against the Kia Tigers rained out and the two will play the second game of the series on Saturday. NC has seen its lead shrink to just 3 ½ games at the top of KBO after losing six of its last 10. Saturday's matchup between NC and Kia will feature two North American pitchers on the mound as the Dinos’ Mike Wright faces off against the Tigers’ Drew Gagnon. Both Wright and Gagnon have very similar records as Wright is 6-3 with an ERA of 4.10 for NC and Gagnon is 6-4 with an ERA of 3.92 for the Tigers. The difference here will be the powerful batting order of the NC Dinos which is third in the KBO with a team batting average of .289. Dinos win this duel between to foreign pitchers 5-3.
Free Betting Pick: NC Dinos -110
LG Twins vs Kiwoon Heroes: KH -235 ; O/U 10
The Kiwoon Heroes look to bounce back from a loss when hosting the LG Twins on Saturday. Kiwoon lost to LG 5-2 on Friday for just its third loss in its last 11 games. Kiwoon has used timely hitting combined with an excellent pitching staff to climb up the standings in the KBO. The Heroes team batting average is .275, which is just seventh in the 10-KBO. However, Kiwoom’s team ERA is a solid 4.57 for the league which is the second best behind just KIA. On Saturday, the Heroes will send Eric Jokisch to the mound. The left-hander is 9-3 with an ERA of just 2.25. In contrast, LG will send Yun Sik Kim to the mound. The left-hander is 0-1 with an ERA of 7.61. Kiwooms hitters will be less pressured as they know their pitcher will keep them close with his exceptional control and low ERA. Kiwoom wins easily 8-2
Free Betting Pick: Kiwoom Heroes -1.5 (-135)