KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Sunday, May 22

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 · 1 month 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 Sunday’s slate. Whether you are looking for a single money line pick or a KBO parlay, we have you covered. Note that all these games start at 1:00 am ET on Sunday morning.

KBO betting odds

Here are the KBO betting odds for Sunday, May 22nd courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Hanwha Eagles (+188) vs Kiwoom Heroes (-235), O/U 8.5
  • KT Wiz (-130) vs Samsung Lions (+108), O/U 8.5
  • LG Twins (-162) vs SSG Landers (+132), O/U 8.5
  • Lotte Giants (-134) vs Doosan Bears (+110), O/U 7.5
  • NC Dinos (+128) vs Kia Tigers (-156), O/U 8.5

KBO picks and predictions

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

Hanwha Eagles vs Kiwoom Heroes ML (-235)

The Kiwoom Heroes blew out the Hanwha Eagles on Saturday morning, beating them 11-2 to move to 24-19 on the season. They have now won 3 games in a row and are sitting in 3rd pace in the league standings. To close out the week, the Heroes will start Choi Won-Tae. He is 3-2 on the season and has an ERA of 2.38. In 7 starts this season, Won-Tae has allowed 9 earned runs over 34.0 innings.

With the loss on Saturday, the Hanwha Eagles reclaim their spot for the worst team in the KBO. They have now lost 4 games in a row and have a record of 13-30. Hoping to end the week with a win, the Eagles will start Lee Min-Woo. He is 1-1 on the season and has an ERA of 5.03. In 8 appearances this season (2 starts), he has allowed 11 earned runs over 19.2 innings.

Nothing about the Eagles should give us confidence here in backing them. They continued to get hammered almost every day and with a starting pitcher with little starting experience this season, backing the more consistent Won-Tae and the Heroes will be the play.

NC Dinos vs Kia Tigers ML (-156)

The NC Dinos snapped their losing streak on Saturday, beating the Kia Tigers by a score of 7-4. They are still only 14-29 on the season and are 9th place in the league standings. The Dinos will start Song Myung-Gi on Sunday morning, who is 2-3 on the season and has an ERA of 4.20. In 8 starts this season, he has allowed 19 earned runs over 40.2 innings.

With a loss on Saturday, the Kia Tigers are now 22-20 on the season and have slipped into a tie for 5th place in the league standings. They will counter with Lee Eui-Lee, who is 1-2 on the season and has an ERA of 2.93. In 8 starts this season, he has allowed 14 earned runs over 43.0 innings.

Even though the Dinos managed to win on Saturday, they have been one of the worst teams all season. That will not change here either and with a clear advantage on the mound for the Tigers, backing them to win has to be the play.

KT Wiz ML (-130) vs Samsung Lions

The KT Wiz needed 11 innings on Saturday against the Samsung Lions, but came away with a 5-2 win. They have now won 2 games in a row and are up to 19-23 on the season. They are still just in 8th place, needing to string several more wins together to get back into the playoff race. The KT Wiz will look to close their week strong with Odrisamer Despaigne taking the mound. He is 2-3 on the season and has an ERA of 2.89. In 9 starts this season, Despaigne has allowed 17 earned runs over 53.0 innings.

With the loss on Saturday, the Lions have now dropped 2 games in a row. They are 22-20 on the season and have slipped into a tie for 5th place in the standings. The Lions will counter with Baek Jung-Hyun, who is 0-4 on the season and has an ERA of 5.71. In 7 starts this season, he has allowed 26 earned runs over 41.0 innings.

The KT Wiz have the clear advantage on the mound with a guy who has been consistent all season. For that reason, look for the KT Wiz to win their 3rd straight game to end the week.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay — with odds of +313.

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

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