Hanwha Eagles vs. Samsung Lions - 4/25/20 KBO Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Samsung Lions at Hanwha Eagles
KBO Pre-season Baseball: Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 1:00 am
The Line: Samsung Lions -120 / Hanwha Eagles +100 -- Over/Under: 9.5
The Samsung Lions and Hanwha Eagles meet Saturday morning in South Korea KBO preseason baseball action.
The Samsung Lions are 2-0 in preseason action and have outscored opponents 9-5 in those two games. The Samsung Lions are coming off a 5-3 victory over the Lotte Giants. In their recent outing, Kim Dong-yeop and Kim Heon-gon combined for four hits and two RBI while Won Tae-in allowed three runs in five inning while striking out two and walking two. The Samsung Lions have produced a combined 15 hits in their first two games, but it’s the pitching staff that’s really shown up and has allowed zero runs in 15 of their last 17 innings. The Samsung Lions have allowed four or less runs in six of their last nine games overall.
The Hanwha Eagles are 0-1-1 in preseason action and haven’t won a game since late August. The Hanwha Eagles are coming off a 6-6 draw against the KIA Tigers when they scored three runs in the final two innings to avoid a loss. In that contest, Lee Sung-yeol and Jared Hoying have combined for four hits and two RBI while Jang Min-jae allowed two runs in five innings while striking out six. The Hanwha Eagles are allowing five runs per game so far this preseason and they’ve allowed four or more runs in four of their last five games overall. The Hanwha Eagles are still looking for their first win since having their six-game winning streak snapped by the Doosan Bears in a tight 7-6 contest.
The Hanwha Eagles have won the last three meetings against the Samsung Lions and won those games by an average of 4.3 runs. However, the Samsung Lions have won 10 of the last 14 meetings overall. Seven of the last eight games between the Eagles and Lions have produced at least eight runs.
The Samsung Lions have been the more impressive team through two preseason games and they’ve owned the Hanwha Eagles for quite some time with wins in 10 of the last 14 meetings. While it’s preseason and the Hanwha Eagles should be eager for the bounce back showing, it’s the Samsung Lions and the cheap price that feels like the play here based on current form and history.