KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Friday 7/29 - Jokisch cages the Dinos

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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The KBO 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, July 29 courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

  • KT Wiz (-140) vs LG Twins (+120), O/U 8
  • Lotte Giants (-135) vs Samsung Lions (+115), O/U 9.5
  • Doosan Bears (-145) vs Hanwha Eagles (+125), O/U 9
  • SSG Landers (+105) vs Kia Tigers (-125), O/U 9
  • Kiwoom Heroes (-200) vs NC Dinos (+170), 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 (-140) over LG Twins

The KT Wiz ended their series with the Kiwoom Heroes on Thursday morning, beating them by a score of 8-2. They are now 48-40-2 on the season, have won 2 games in a row and are 4th place in the league standings. They will start Ko Young-Pyo on Friday morning, who is 8-5 on the season and has an ERA of 2.97. In 17 starts this season, he has allowed 38 earned runs over 115.0 innings.

The LG Twins dropped their series finale to the SSG Landers on Thursday by a score of 5-4. They are now 54-35-1 on the season and still sit in 3rd place in the league standings. They will counter with Kim Yun-Sik, who is 3-3 on the season and has an ERA of 4.32. In 13 starts this season, he has allowed 28 earned runs over 58.1 innings.

These teams are right next to each other in the standings, but the KT Wiz have the more consistent pitcher. For that reason, backing them to win will be the play.

SSG Landers ML (+105) over Kia Tigers

The SSG Landers won their series finale against the LG Twins, beating them 5-4 on Thursday morning. They are now 61-27-3 on the season and remain in first place in the league standings. They will start Lee Tae-Yang on Friday morning, who is 6-2 on the season and has an ERA of 2.93. In 19 appearances (13 starts) this season, he has allowed 29 earned runs over 89.0 innings.

The Kia Tigers lost their series finale to the NC Dinos on Thursday morning by a score of 6-2. They are now 46-42-1 on the season and are in 5th place in the league standings. They will counter with Yang Hyeon-Jong on Tuesday morning, who is 9-4 on the season and has an ERA of 3.04. In 19 starts this season, he has allowed 38 earned runs over 112.1 innings.

Tae-Yang is coming off his worst start of the season, but he has still been more consistent this season compared to Hyeon-Jong. He has also been lights out against the Tigers this season and the SSG Landers are heating up again, therefore backing them to extend their win streak will be the play.

Kiwoom Heroes ML (-200) over NC Dinos

The Kiwoom Heroes dropped their series finale to the KT Wiz on Thursday morning, losing by a score of 8-2. They are now 57-35-1 on the season, have lost 2 games in a row, and are still 2nd place in the league standings. The Heroes will start Eric Jokisch on Friday morning, who is 8-4 on the season and has an ERA of 2.32. In 18 starts this season, he has allowed 29 earned runs over 112.1 innings.

The NC Dinos won their series finale against the Kia Tigers, beating them by a score of 6-2 on Thursday morning. They are now 36-51-2 on the season and are in 8th place in the league standings. The Dinos will counter with Song Myung-Gi on Friday morning, who is 2-6 on the season and has an ERA of 5.28. In 13 starts this season, he has allowed 36 earned runs over 61.1 innings.

The Heroes have seen the gap between them and the SSG Landers in 1st place get wider just in the last week and this series is the perfect opportunity to get back in the win column. They have the clear advantage on the mound for Friday as well, therefore backing the Heroes to win will be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +427.

Bonus KBO picks and predictions for Friday, July 29

Lotte Giants ML (-135) over Samsung Lions

The Lotte Giants will start Glenn Sparkman on Friday morning and while he has an ERA of 5.29, his ERA against the Samsung Lions is 2.45. The Lions’ starter is Hwang Dong-Jae, who has an ERA of 6.90. For that reason, backing the Giants looks to be the best option.

Doosan Bears vs Hanwha Eagles – Over 9 runs (-110)

The Hanwha Eagles tied with the Samsung Lions on Thursday and will start Kim Min-Woo on Friday morning. He has an ERA of 4.97, while the Doosan Bears will start Choi Seung-Yong, who has an ERA  of 4.74. Because both starters have been well below average, backing the over is worth a play here.

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