KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Saturday 7/9

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 am ET on Saturday morning.

KBO betting odds

Here are the KBO betting odds for Saturday, July 9 courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Hanwha Eagles (+154) vs Kia Tigers (-190), O/U 8.5
  • LG Twins (-156) vs Doosan Bears (+128), O/U 8.5
  • Lotte Giants (+134) vs KT Wiz (-164), O/U 8.5
  • NC Dinos (+110) vs Kiwoom Heroes (-134), O/U 8.5
  • SSG Landers (-130) vs Samsung Lions (+108), O/U 8.5

KBO picks and predictions

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

Kiwoom Heroes ML (-134) over NC Dinos

The Kiwoom Heroes picked up a 3-2 win over the NC Dinos on Friday morning. They are now 52-30-1 on the season. They snapped a small 2-game losing streak and remain in 2nd place n the league standings. The Heroes will start Choi Won-Tae, who is 6-3 on the season and has an ERA of 3.36. In 15 starts the has allowed 27 earned runs over 72.1 innings.

With the loss on Friday, the Dinos are now 31-45-2. They have lost 2 games in a row and remain 9th place in the league standings. The Dinos will counter with Song Myung-Gi, who is 2-5 on the season and has an ERA of 4.94. In 12 starts he has allowed 32 earned runs over 58.1 innings.

The Heroes look to be in another great spot to keep pace with the SSG Landers with another clear advantage on the mound. Because their starter has been much more consistent, backing the Heroes will be the play.

KT Wiz ML (-164) over Lotte Giants

The KT Wiz picked up a win on Friday morning, beating the Lotte Giants 6-3. They are now 41-37-2 in 2022. The KT Wiz have won 6 games in a row and are sitting in 4th place in the league standings. They will start So Hyeong-Jun, who is 9-2 and has an ERA of 2.61. In 15 starts he has allowed 29 earned runs over 100.0 innings.

With the loss on Friday, the Giants are now 34-43-3. They have lost 2 games in a row and are in a tie for 6th place in the league standings. The Giants will counter with Glenn Sparkman, who is 2-2 and has an ERA of 4.66. In 15 starts he has allowed 35 earned runs over 67.2 innings.

The KT Wiz just beat one of the better pitchers in the KBO on Friday in Charlie Barnes. They now have a much more favorable matchup against Sparkman, while having one of their best starters on the mound. For that reason, backing the KT Wiz to continue their win streak will be the play.

SSG Landers ML (-130) over Samsung Lions

The SSG Landers managed to hang on against the Samsung Lions 9-8 on Friday morning. They are now 53-26-3. The SSG Landers have won 2 games in a row and still remain in 1st place in the league standings by 2.5 games. They will start Lee Tae-Yang, who is 6-2 this year and has an ERA of 2.57. In 18 appearances (12 starts) he has allowed 24 earned runs over 84.0 innings.

With the loss on Friday, the Lions are now 35-46. They have lost 7 games in a row and remain in 8th place in the league standings. The Lions will counter with Albert Suarez on Saturday morning, who is 4-5 and has an ERA of 2.48. In 15 starts Suarez has allowed 25 earned runs over 90.2 innings.

The pitching matchup is very evenly matched here with both guys having been consistent this season. However, Tae-Yang has been much better against the Lions compared to Suarez against the SSG Landers. For that reason, backing the SSG Landers will be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +397.

Extra KBO picks and predictions for Saturday, July 9

Kia Tigers ML (-190) over Hanwha Eagles

The Kia Tigers were able to beat the Hanwha Eagles on Friday by a score of 5-3. They have the edge on Saturday as well because Im Gi-Yeong has an ERA of 3.88 compared to Felix Pena, who has an ERA of 4.91. For that reason, backing the Tigers looks to be worth a play.

LG Twins ML (-156) over Doosan Bears

The LG Twins crushed the Doosan Bears on Friday, beating them by a score of 11-4. The Twins have now won 5 games in a row and with not much difference in the starting pitchers on Saturday, the edge still goes to the Twins because Im Chan-Kyu has fared well against the Bears. For that reason, backing the Twins will be the play.

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

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