KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Saturday 7/2

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 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 season rolls on this week and our experts are back to help you find the best value on Saturday’s slate. Whether you are looking for a single money line pick or a KBO parlay, we have you covered. Note that these games start at 1:00 am ET and 5:00 on Saturday morning.

KBO betting odds

Here are the KBO betting odds for Saturday, July 2 courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Hanwha Eagles (+144) vs Kiwoom Heroes (-178), O/U 8.5
  • Kia Tigers (+190) vs SSG Landers (-235), O/U 8.5
  • Lotte Giants (+122) vs LG Twins (-148), O/U 8.5
  • Doosan Bears (+118) vs KT Wiz (-144), O/U 8.5
  • Samsung Lions (+122) vs NC Dinos (-148), O/U 7.5

KBO picks and predictions

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

Kia Tigers vs SSG Landers – Under 8.5 Runs (-116)

The Kia Tigers lost to the SSG Landers by a score of 7-6 on Friday morning. The Tigers are now 38-36-1 on the season. They have lost 5 games in a row and still sit 4th in the league standings. The Tigers will start Im Gi-Yeong on Saturday morning, who is 2-5 on the season and has an ERA of 4.00. In 11 starts this season, he has allowed 28 earned runs over 63.0 innings.

With the win on Friday, the SSG Landers are now 48-25-3 on the season. They have won 2 games in a row and are still holding a 1.5 game lead over the Kiwoom Heroes for 1st place in the league standings. The SSG Landers will counter with Kim Kwang-Hyun on Saturday morning, who is 8-1 on the season and has an ERA of 1.43. In 13 starts this season, he has allowed 13 earned runs over 82.0 innings.

The losing streak for the Tigers only continues to grow and now facing one of the best pitchers in the KBO, they do not look to be in a favorable spot. For that reason, backing the SSG Landers to win behind Kwang-Hyun will be the play.

LG Twins ML (-148) over Lotte Giants

The LG Twins managed to win on Friday, beating the Lotte Giants by a score of 2-1. The Twins are now 44-29-1 on the season. They have won 4 games in a row and are still in 3rd place in the league standings. The Twins will start Adam Plutko, who is 7-3 on the season and has an ERA of 2.92. In 15 starts this season, he has allowed 29 earned runs over 89.1 innings.

With the loss on Friday, the Giants are now 32-39-3 on the season. They also remain in a tie for 7th place in the league standings. The Giants will counter with Charlie Barnes on Saturday morning, who is 7-5 on the season and has an ERA of 2.89. In 17 starts this season, he has allowed 34 earned runs over 106.0 innings.

This is a matchup between 2 elite pitchers, but Plutko has been a little more consistent recently compared to Barnes. The Twins are also in much better form at the moment, so backing the Twins will be the play.

NC Dinos ML (-148) over Samsung Lions

The game between the Samsung Lions and NC Dinos was canceled on Friday due to poor field conditions, so they will try again on Saturday morning. The Lions come into this game with a record of 35-40. They remain in 6th place in the league standings. The Lions will start Heo Yun-Dong on Saturday morning, who is 3-0 on the season and has an ERA of 3.41. In 6 starts this season, he has allowed 11 earned runs over 29.0 innings.

Because of the game being canceled on Friday, the Dinos are still 27-43-2 on the season. They are still riding a 4-game losing streak and are 9th place in the league standings. They will counter with Drew Rucinski, who is 5-5 on the season, and has an ERA of 2.46. In 15 starts this season, he has allowed 27 earned runs over 98.2 innings.

Despite a disastrous start for Rucinski last time out, he should fare much better against the Lions. He has been consistent for almost the entire season minus a start here or there, so for that reason, backing the Dinos to end their losing streak will be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +422.

Extra KBO picks and predictions for Saturday, July 2nd

Hanwha Eagles vs Kiwoom Heroes – Over 8.5 (-124)

The Kiwoom Heroes held on to win on Friday, and will look to keep pace with the SSG Landers on Saturday morning. Nether side has a great pitcher though, as they both have an ERA over 4.90. For that reason, backing the over looks to be worth a small play.

Doosan Bears ML (+118) over KT Wiz

The Doosan Bears failed to win on Friday morning, but look to be in a better spot on Saturday. They will start Choi Won-Joon, who has an ERA of 2.76, therefore backing the Bears to win will be the play.

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

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