KIA Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles - 7/22/20 KBO Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

KIA Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles - 7/22/20 KBO Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Hanwha Eagles vs. KIA Tigers

KBO Baseball: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 5:30 am

The Line: KIA Tigers -208 / Hanwha Eagles +168 -- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Hanwha Eagles and KIA Tigers meet Wednesday morning in South Korea KBO baseball action at the Hanwha Life Eagles Park.  

The Hanwha Eagles need a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Hanwha Eagles pitching staff has allowed five or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. In their last effort, Jung Eun-won and Ha Ju-suk combined for two hits and two RBI while Kim Bum-soo allowed five runs and seven hits in 3.2 innings of work. The Hanwha Eagles have lost 31 of their last 41 games overall. Kim Min-woo gets the ball tonight for the Hanwha Eagles.      

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The KIA Tigers look for a win after losing four of their last seven games. The KIA Tigers pitching staff has allowed four or less runs in 18 of their last 30 games. In their last effort, Lee Chang-jin and Na Ji-wan combined for four hits and four RBI while Drew Gagnon allowed zero runs and one hit in 6.2 innings of work. The KIA Tigers have won 20 of their last 33 games overall. Yang Hyun-jong gets the ball tonight for the KIA Tigers. 

The KIA Tigers are 11-2-1 in the last 14 meetings against the Hanwha Eagles, which includes wins in five of the last six meetings. Five of the last six meetings between the Eagles and Tigers have produced single-digit run totals.

The KIA Tigers have the clear h2h advantage over the Hanwha Eagles and should be the favorite because of that. However, I'm not thrilled to back either of these clubs in their current form and the over is far more intriguing because of the pitching matchup. Min-woo has a 4.55 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 61.1 innings while Hyun-jong has a 6.31 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 67 innings. Hyun-jong has allowed 11 earned runs and 16 hits in his last 8.2 innings while Min-woo has allowed three or more earned runs in five of his last eight starts. This simply isn't a pitching matchup I'm thrilled about backing for obvious reasons.

Expect some fireworks in this contest. Give me the over 9.5 runs. 

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Randy’s Pick Over 9.5

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