NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions - 5/5/20 KBO Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Samsung Lions at NC Dinos
KBO Baseball: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 1:00 am
The Line: NC Dinos -145 / Samsung Lions +125 -- Over/Under: 8.5
TV: ESPN, ESPN+
The Samsung Lions and NC Dinos meet Tuesday morning in South Korea KBO baseball action.
The Samsung Lions are riding a three-game losing streak and finished the preseason with a 3-3 record. The Samsung Lions pithing staff has really fallen apart lately and they’re allowing an average of eight runs per inning during their three-game losing streak. In their latest loss to the Lotte Giants, Kim Heon-gon and Kim Dong-yeop combined for three hits and five RBI while Ben Lively allowed four runs and seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. The Samsung Lions better get their pitching staff in order rather quickly or this is going to be a rough start to the regular season.
The NC Dinos are also riding a three-game losing streak and finished their preseason with a 1-5 record. The NC Dinos have scored a combined one run in their last two games and averaged two runs per game in the preseason overall. In their latest effort against the KIA Tigers, Park Suk-min and Kang Jin-sung combined for three hits while Koo Chang-mo allowed zero run and three hits in three innings of work. The NC Dinos are going to have their hands full to start the regular season if the offense doesn’t pick up. Of course, bats usually take a while to get going when a new season picks up.
The NC Dinos have won four of the last five meetings against the Samsung Lions, but these teams haven’t played since the middle of September. Five of the last seven meetings between the Lions and Dinos have produced single-digit runs.
The NC Dinos have had the edge over the Samsung Lions in past meetings, but these teams haven't played since September, so we didn't get to see them play each other in the preseason. Both clubs are in struggle mode, but it's the NC Dinos that can't figure out to put runs on the board and offensive issues usually take time to work through when starting up a new season. I'm not going to lay juice with a team that averaged two runs per game in the preseason.
I'll take my chances with the Samsung Lions and the plus money.