SK Wyverns vs. KIA Tigers - 8/16/20 KBO Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

SK Wyverns vs. KIA Tigers - 8/16/20 KBO Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

KIA Tigers vs. SK Wyverns

KBO Baseball: August 16, 2020 at 4:00 am

The Line: SK Wyverns +160 / KIA Tigers -200 -- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The KIA Tigers and SK Wyverns meet Sunday morning in South Korea KBO baseball action at the Gwangju Kia Champions Field.  

The KIA Tigers need a victory after losing eight of their last 14 games. The KIA Tigers pitching staff has allowed four or less runs in 27 of their last 47 games. In their last effort, Choi Hyung-woo and Na Ji-wan combined for five hits and six RBI while Kim Ki-hoon allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings of work. The KIA Tigers have won 29 of their last 50 games overall. Yang Hyun-jong gets the ball tonight for the KIA Tigers.     

The SK Wyverns need a win here after losing 25 of their last 38 games. The SK Wyverns pitching staff has allowed four or less runs in 17 of their last 40 games. In their last effort, Kim Kang-min and Chae Tae-in combined for four hits and three RBI while Kim Joo-han allowed six runs and eight hits in three innings of work. The SK Wyverns have lost 36 of their last 53 games overall. Ricardo Pinto gets the ball tonight for the SK Wyverns.  

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The KIA Tigers have won eight of the last 11 meetings against the SK Wyverns. Eight of the last 11 meetings between the Wyverns and Tigers have produced single-digit run totals.  

Yang Hyun-jong has a 5.62 ERA and 1.48 WHIP this season in 89.2 innings, and he's allowed three or more earned runs in five of his last seven starts. Ricardo Pinto has a 5.66 ERA and 1.90 WHIP this season through 90.2 innings, and he's allowed three or more earned runs in each of his last five starts. This is a rough pitching matchup and it's hard to make a case for the KIA Tigers to be such heavy favorites. The KIA Tigers have lost six of the last nine games Yang Hyun-jong has pitched.

With all that said, the KIA Tigers have dominated the SK Wyverns this season and this series overall. Sometimes you ignore who is on the hill and just play the trends. Give me the KIA Tigers and the RL for max value.

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Randy’s Pick KIA Tigers -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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