KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Friday, 9/23 - The Eagles put up a fight

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Matthew Lowrimore

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Matthew has been with Pickswise for a while now, covering a wide variety of sports. His main passions are college football and UFC, and those are the sports 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 put in the research to try and achieve this.

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 these games all start at 5:30 am ET on Friday morning.

KBO betting odds

Here are the KBO betting odds for Friday, September 23 courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Hanwha Eagles (+300) vs SSG Landers (-410), O/U 8.5
  • Kia Tigers (+164) vs NC Dinos (-205), O/U 9.5
  • KT Wiz (-130) vs Samsung Lions (+108), O/U 8.5
  • Lotte Giants (+124) vs LG Twins (-152), O/U 8.5
  • Doosan Bears (-102) vs Kiwoom Heroes (-120), O/U 7.5

KBO picks and predictions

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

Hanwha Eagles +2.5 over SSG Landers (-112)

The SSG Landers beat the Hanwha Eagles 10-1 on Thursday morning. They are now 84-46-4 on the season, and are still in 1st place in the league standings, growing their lead to 3.5 games. On Friday the Landers will start Kim Kwang-Hyun, who is 12-2 and has an ERA of 1.85. In 25 starts he has allowed 32 earned runs over 155.1 innings.

With the loss on Thursday, the Eagles are now 43-88-2 and remain in last place in the league standings. The Eagles will counter with Kim Ki-Joong, who is 0-1 and has an ERA of 1.29. In 3 appearances (1 start) he has allowed 1 earned run over 7.0 innings.

The pitching matchup clearly favors the Landers, but Ki-Joong has been good enough so far to give his team a chance. For that reason, backing the Eagles on the run line will be the play.

Kia Tigers vs NC Dinos – Over 9.5 runs (-104)

The total looks to be the better play in this game because Drew Rucinski has been poor recently, while Im Gi-Yeong has not been consistent. Rucinski has allowed 13 earned runs over 16.1 innings in his last 3 starts. In his lone start against the Tigers he allowed 5 earned runs over 6.0 innings.

On the other side, Gi-Yeong has allowed 9 runs (7 earned) over 19.0 innings in his last 3 starts. In 3 starts against the Dinos he has allowed 12 earned runs over 14.1 innings. Because both starters have had their fair share of struggles when facing each other, backing the over looks to be worth a play on Friday morning.

KT Wiz vs Samsung Lions – Under 8.5 runs (-126)

The total looks to be the better play given how consistent both starters have been this season. David Buchanan has allowed 4 or more runs in 5 starts during the 2022 campaign. In his last 2 starts he has allowed just 2 earned runs over 14.2 innings. In 4 starts against the KT Wiz this season, he has allowed 10 earned runs over 24.0 innings.

On the other side, Ko Young-Pyo has allowed 4 or more runs in 6 starts this year. In his last 2 starts he has allowed 5 runs (4 earned) over 13.0 innings. In his lone start against the Lions he did not allow a run over 7.0 innings.

Based on the form that both starters have when facing each other and the success they have both had in their recent starts, backing the under looks to be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +565.

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

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