KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Sunday 8/21 - Woo-Jin outduels Morimando

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The KBO rolls on this week and our experts are back to help you find the best value on Sunday’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 Sunday morning.

KBO betting odds

Here are the KBO betting odds for Sunday, August 21 courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • SSG Landers (-110) vs Kiwoom Heroes (-110), O/U 7.5
  • Hanwha Eagles (+128) vs Lotte Giants (-156), O/U 9.5
  • Kia Tigers (+126) vs KT Wiz (-154), O/U 8.5
  • NC Dinos (-230) vs Samsung Lions (-182), O/U 9.5
  • Doosan Bears (+172) vs LG Twins (-210), O/U 9.5

KBO picks and predictions

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

Kiwoom Heroes ML (-110) over SSG Landers

The SSG Landers crushed the Kiwoom Heroes on Saturday morning, beating them by a score of 14-7. They are now 72-33-3 on the season and maintain a 7.0 game lead at the top of the league standings. The SSG Landers will start Shawn Morimando on Sunday morning, who is 2-0 on the season and has an ERA of 3.09. In 4 starts this season, he has allowed 8 earned runs over 23.1 innings.

With the loss on Saturday, the Kiwoom Heroes are now 61-47-2 and remain in 3rd place in the league standings, though by just 1.5 game over 4th place. They will counter with An Woo-Jin, who is 11-5 on the season and has an ERA of 2.25. In 22 starts this season, he has allowed 36 earned runs over 144.0 innings.

The SSG Landers were dominant on Saturday, but Woo-Jin and the Heroes have the clear advantage on Sunday morning. For that reason, backing the Heroes to bounce back with a win will be the play.

Kia Tigers vs KT Wiz – Under 8.5 runs (-116)

The total looks to be the better play in this game based on the recent form of both starters. In his last 5 appearances (3 starts), Gi-Yeong has allowed 8 earned runs over 19.0 innings. In 2 starts against the KT Wiz this season, he has allowed 3 earned runs over 13.0 innings.

On the other side, Despaigne has allowed 13 earned runs in his last 5 starts over 29.2 innings. In 3 starts against the Tigers this season, he has allowed 7 runs (5 earned) over 17.0 innings. Based on the fact that both starters have performed very well against each other, and the fact that neither offense has been the most consistent recently, backing the under will be the play for Sunday morning.

NC Dinos ML (-230) over Samsung Lions

The NC Dinos and Samsung Lions had their game canceled on Saturday morning due to poor field conditions, so they will finish up their series on Sunday morning. Being of the game being canceled, they remain 45-55-3 on the season and are now in 6th place in the league standings. The Dinos will start Koo Chang-Moo on Sunday morning, who is 5-3 on the season and has an ERA of 1.72. In 11 starts this season, he has allowed 12 earned runs over 62.2 innings.

With the game being canceled on Saturday, the Lions remain 44-61-2 on the season, but remain in 9th place in the league standings. They will counter with Baek Jung-Hyun on Sunday, who is 0-11 on the season and has an ERA of 6.02. In 16 starts this season, Jung-Hyun has allowed 56 earned runs over 83.2 innings.

Simply put, the Lions pretty much never win when Jung-Hyun is on the mound. Add in the fact that Chang-Mo is one of the best pitchers in the entire KBO and backing the Dinos to win this game comfortably will be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +410.

Extra KBO picks and predictions for Sunday, August 21

Lotte Giants ML (-156) over Hanwha Eagles

The Hanwha Eagles will start Nam Ji-Min, who has an ERA of 6.56. The Lotte Giants will counter with Seo Jun-Won, who has an ERA of 5.13. Ji-Min is 1-9 on the season though, therefore backing the Giants looks to be worth a play.

Doosan Bears +1.5 (-122) vs LG Twins

The Doosan Bears will start Gwak Been on Sunday morning, who has an ERA of 4.11. The LG Twins will counter with Im Chan-Kyu, who has an ERA of 5.29. Because Been has been more consistent recently, backing the Bears on the run line to keep this game close looks to be worth a play.

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