KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Friday 8/26 - Stock ends the Bears losing streak

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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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, August 26 courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Kia Tigers (+196) vs LG Twins (-245), O/U 7.5
  • Doosan Bears (-136) vs Hanwha Eagles (+112), O/U 8.5
  • SSG Landers (+116) vs KT Wiz (-142), O/U 8.5
  • Samsung Lions (-102) vs Lotte Giants (-118), O/U 10.5
  • Kiwoom Heroes (-110) vs NC Dinos (-134), O/U 9.5

KBO picks and predictions

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

LG Twins -1.5 (-110) over Kia Tigers

The LG Twins lost to the Kia Tigers 1-0 on Thursday morning. The Twins are now 65-42-1 on the season and are still 2nd place in the league standings. They will start Casey Kelly on Friday morning, who is 13-2 and has an ERA of 2.74. In 20 starts he has allowed 37 earned runs over 121.2 innings.

With the win on Thursday, the Tigers are now 55-54-1 and remain 5th place in the league standings. They will counter with Sean Nolin, who is 3-6 and has an ERA of 3.24. In 13 starts he has allowed 26 earned runs over 72.1 innings.

Nolin has been serviceable this year, but Kelly has been much more dominant. He has posted far better numbers overall, therefore backing the Twins will be the play for Friday morning.

Doosan Bears ML (-136) over Hanwha Eagles

The Doosan Bears lost to the Hanwha Eagles 4-0 on Thursday morning. They are now 46-60-2, have lost 3 games in a row and remain in 8th place in the league standings. The Bears will start Robert Stock, who is 9-7 and has an ERA of 3.05. In 23 starts he has allowed 46 earned runs over 135.2 innings.

With the win on Thursday, the Eagles are now 34-74-2. Despite winning that game against the Bears, they remain in last place in the league standings and are 10.5 games behind 9th place. The Eagles will counter with Felix Pena, who is 2-3 and has an ERA of 4.70. In 8 starts he has allowed 20 earned runs over 38.1 innings.

The Bears may have lost 3 games in a row, but they appear to have a massive pitching advantage for this game. Because Stock has been one of their better pitchers this year, backing the Bears to snap their losing streak will be the play.

KT Wiz ML (-142) over SSG Landers

The SSG Landers lost to the KT Wiz 5-4 on Thursday. They are now 75-34-3 and remain in 1st place in the league standings by 9.0 games. The SSG Landers will start Park Jong-Hun, who is 2-0 and has an ERA of 5.63. In 4 starts he has allowed 10 earned runs over 16.0 innings.

With the win on Thursday, the KT Wiz are now 62-47-2 and remain in 3rd place in the league standings. The KT Wiz will counter with So Hyeong-Jun, who is 11-3 and has an ERA of 3.00. In 20 starts he has allowed 43 earned runs over 129.0 innings.

As good as the SSG Landers have been this year, they have a clear disadvantage on the mound on Friday. The KT Wiz have won 4 games in a row, so backing them looks to be worth a play in this matchup.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +464.

Extra KBO picks and predictions for Friday, August 26

Lotte Giants ML (-118) over Samsung Lions

The Lotte Giants will start Na Gyun-An, who has an ERA of 4.21 in 2022. However, because he has an ERA of 0.93 against the Samsung Lions, backing the Giants will be the play.

NC Dinos ML (-134) over Kiwoom Heroes

The NC Dinos will start Dermody Matthew, who will make his KBO debut on Friday morning. The Kiwoom Heroes will counter with Kim Seon-Gi, who has an ERA of 6.52. Because Seon-Gi has struggled all season, backing Matthew and the Dinos is his KBO debut looks to be worth a play.

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