KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Saturday, April 30

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

KBO· 2 weeks ago

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Matthew has been with Pickswise for over a year now, covering a wide variety of sports. His main passion is college football and that is the sport 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 do everything he can to make his readers money.

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 4:00 am ET on Saturday morning.

KBO betting odds

Here are the KBO betting odds for Saturday, April 30 courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Hanwha Eagles (+108) vs NC Dinos (-130), O/U 8.5
  • KT Wiz (-124) vs Kiwoom Heroes (-102), O/U 7.5
  • Lotte Giants (+126) vs LG Twins (-154), O/U 7.5
  • Doosan Bears (+118) vs SSG Landers (-142), O/U 8.5
  • Samsung Lions (+104) vs Kia Tigers (-128), 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.

Samsung Lions vs Kia Tigers ML (-128)

The Lions picked up a win on Friday, beating the Kia Tigers by a score of 4-3. Even with the win, the Lions are only 9-15 on the season. They are scheduled to start Won Tae-In, who is 1-1 on the season and has an ERA of 4.15. In 3 starts this season, Tae-In has allowed 8 earned runs in 17.1 innings. His most recent start was his worst of the season, allowing 5 earned runs in 5.0 innings against the SSG Landers.

With the loss on Friday, the Tigers are now 10-13 on the season and have lost 3 games in a row. They currently sit in 7th place in the standings. The Tigers will counter with Han Seong-Hyuk, who is 1-0 on the season and has an ERA of 2.04. In 3 starts this season, Seong-Hyuk has allowed 4 earned runs in 17.2 innings.

The Lions may have won on Friday, but they are still not a team that can be trusted very often. The Tigers have the advantage in starting pitching, so backing them to win will be the play.

Doosan Bears +1.5 (-180) vs SSG Landers

The Doosan Bears were playing well against the SSG Landers on Friday, but they were not able to hold their lead, losing 8-7 in the 12th inning. The Bears have now lost 2 games in a row and sit in 4th place in the league standings. They will start Gwak Been on Saturday, who is 1-2 on the season and has an ERA of 2.21. In 4 starts this season, Been has allowed 5 earned runs in 20.1 innings. He has not allowed more than 2 earned runs in a start this season, which could suggest he is going to be in for a solid outing against the Landers.

With the win on Friday, the SSG Landers are now 18-5-1 on the season. They still hold 1st place in the standings and are now 4.5 games ahead of the LG Twins. The SSG Landers will counter with Oh Won-Seok, who is 2-1 on the season and has an ERA of 3.80. In 4 starts this season, he has allowed 8 earned runs in 21.1 innings.

The Bears lost a heartbreaker on Friday, but once again they look to have the advantage on the mound. Been has been good enough this season to limit this SSG Landers’ offense, so backing the Bears on the run line will be the play.

KT Wiz ML (-124) vs Kiwoom Heroes

The KT Wiz won their 3rd game in a row on Friday morning, beating the Kiwoom Heroes by a score of 6-4. They are up to 6th place in the standings, hoping to close the gap even further on this 5th placed Heroes team. Saturday looks to be a good opportunity for just that as they will start Ko Young-Pyo. He is 1-2 on the season, but has an ERA of 1.93. In 4 starts this season, Young-Pyo has allowed 6 earned runs in 28.0 innings. His last 2 starts have been nearly perfect, allowing 1 earned run in 14.0 innings.

With a loss on Saturday, the Heroes are now in 5th place, trailing 4th place by 0.5 games. They will counter with Jeong Chan-Heon, who is 1-1 on the season and has an ERA of 5.79. In 3 starts this season, Chan-Heon has allowed 9 earned runs in 14.0 innings. His most recent start was his best of the season, allowing just 1 earned run in 6.0 innings against the SSG Landers.

The KT Wiz may still have a record under .500, but they have the clear advantage on the mound for Saturday’s game. Especially as of late, Young-Pyo has been nearly unhittable, therefore backing the KT Wiz will be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play the best bets as a 3-team parlay — which pays out at +400.

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