KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Friday 6/17

Former Major League Baseball outfielder Yasiel Puig of Kiwoom Heroes gestures during the opening game of the 2022 regular season for the Korea Baseball Organization between Lotte Giants and Kiwoom Heroes at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 2, 2022.
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Matthew Lowrimore

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Matthew has been with Pickswise for over a year now, covering a wide variety of sports. His main passion is college football and that is the sport he has covered the most. Matthew uses a variety of methods to handicap games, including stats, trends, injuries, and situational factors. His goal is to consistently give out winners and will do everything he can to make his readers money.

The KBO season rolls on this week and our experts are back to help you find the best value on Friday’s slate. Whether you are looking for a single money line pick or a KBO parlay, we have you covered. Note that all these games start at 5:30 am ET on Friday morning.

KBO betting odds

Here are the KBO betting odds for Friday, June 17th courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • KT Wz (-146) vs Doosan Bears (+120), O/U 8.5
  • Samsung Lions (+128) vs Kia Tigers (-156), O/U 8.5
  • LG Twins (+110) vs Kiwoom Heroes (-134), O/U 8.5
  • SSG Landers (-164) vs Lotte Giants (+134), O/U 7.5
  • Hanwha Eagles (+130) vs NC Dinos (-160), O/U 8.5

KBO picks and predictions

Friday’s slate features plenty of opportunities for value. Let’s dive into the day’s best bets.

KT Wiz ML (-146) vs Doosan Bears

The KT Wiz were shut out by the SSG Landers 6-0 on Thursday. They are now 30-32-2 on the season and are sitting in 5th place in the league standings. Hoping to get them back into the win column for their weekend series with the Doosan Bears will be Ko Young-Pyo. He is 4-5 on the season and has an ERA of 2.49. In 12 starts he has allowed 23 earned runs over 83.0 innings.

The Doosan Bears lost to the Kiwoom Heroes 6-2 on Thursday to close out the series. They are now 29-32-1 on the season and are currently in 7th place. The Bears will counter with Choi Seung-Yong, who is 2-3 on the season and has an ERA of 5.67. In 17 appearances (7 starts) he has allowed 25 earned runs over 39.2 innings.

The KT Wiz have a significant edge on the mound for this game on Friday, therefore backing them to win will be the play.

LG Twins vs Kiwoom Heroes ML (-134)

The LG Twins ended their series against the Samsung Lions with a win, beating them 2-1. The Twins are now 36-27-1 on the season and are 3rd place in the league standings. The Twins will start Kim Yun-Sik, who is 2-3 and has an ERA of 4.39. In 9 starts he has allowed 20 earned runs over 41.0 innings.

The Heroes also won on Thursday, beating the Doosan Bears 6-2. The Heroes are now 38-25-1 and are sitting in 2nd place, just 2.5 games behind 1st place. Kiwoom will start An Woo-Jin, who is 7-4 this year and has an ERA of 2.61. In 12 starts he has allowed 22 earned runs over 76.0 innings.

The Heroes have a great opportunity to keep pace with the SSG Landers and have a clear pitching advantage on the mound for Friday’s game. For that reason, backing the Heroes will be the play.

SSG Landers ML (-164) vs Lotte Giants

The SSG Landers won their game on Thursday, beating the KT Wiz by a score of 6-0. They are now 40-22-3 and maintain their 2.5 game lead at the top of the league standings. The SSG Landers will start Wilmer Font, who is 7-4 on the season and has an ERA of 1.97. In 13 starts during the 2022 campaign he has allowed 19 earned runs over 87.0 innings.

The Lotte Giants also won their game on Thursday, beating the Hanwha Eagles by a score of 3-0. The Giants are now 28-32-2 on and are 8th in the league standings. The Giants will start Park Se-Woong, who is 5-4 on the season and has an ERA of 3.28. In 12 starts he has allowed 27 earned runs over 74.0 innings.

Font has been amongst the best pitchers in the KBO this year, which give the SSG Landers enough of an advantage to back them to win on Friday morning.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +373.

Extra KBO picks and predictions for Friday, June 17

Samsung Lions vs Kia Tigers ML (-156)

The starting pitching is this matchup looks to be somewhat even, as both pitchers have an ERA below 3.05. The only difference is that Won Tae-In has an ERA of 6.30 against the Tigers, while Yang Hyeon-Jong has an ERA of 2.08 against the Dinos. Because of his success against the Dinos, backing the Tigers will be the play.

Hanwha Eagles vs NC Dinos ML(-160)

The Hanwha Eagles have quickly become the worst team in the league again, as they have lost 6 games in a row. They will start Kim Min-Woo on Friday, who has an ERA of 5.73. The Dinos’ starter, Song Myung-Gi has an ERA of 5.44, but backing the Dinos still looks to be worth a play because the Eagles cannot seem to find any sort of rhythm at the moment.

Make sure you check out all of our picks for KBO action every single day!

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