KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Thursday 6/30

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

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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 Thursday’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 5:30 am ET on Thursday morning.

KBO betting odds

Here are the KBO betting odds for Thursday, June 30th courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Kia Tigers (+152) vs Kiwoom Heroes (-186), O/U 8.5
  • KT Wiz (+140) vs Samsung Lions (-172), O/U 7.5
  • NC Dinos (-106) vs LG Twins (-116), O/U 7.5
  • Doosan Bears (-122) vs Lotte Giants (+100), O/U 8.5
  • SSG Landers (-230) vs Hanwha Eagles (+182), O/U 8.5

KBO picks and predictions

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

Kiwoom Heroes ML (-186) over Kia Tigers

The Kiwoom Heroes beat the Kia Tigers on Wednesday morning in a tight game that ended by a score of 1-0. The Heroes are now 46-28-1 on the season. They have won 4 games in a row and still remain 2 games back of 1st place in the league standings. The Heroes will start Eric Jokisch on Thursday, who is 7-4 on the season and has an ERA of 2.43. In 14 starts this season, he has allowed 24 earned runs over 89.0 innings.

With the loss on Wednesday, the Tigers are now 38-34-1 on the season. They have lost 3 games in a row, but still hold 4th place in the league standings. They will counter with Han Seung-Hyuk, who is 2-2 on the season and has an ERA of 5.02. In 12 starts this season, he has allowed 32 earned runs over 57.1 innings.

The Heroes are starting to heat up as a team and are steadily catching the SSG Landers for 1st place. They have a significant advantage on the mound on Thursday as well, so backing the Heroes to keep their win streak alive will be the play.

NC Dinos ML (-106) over KT Wiz

The game between the KT Wiz and NC Dinos was canceled on Wednesday morning due to rain, so they will look to close out their series on Thursday morning. The NC Dinos come into this game with a record of 27-43-2. Their last game was on Tuesday morning, a loss to the Twins by a score of 5-0. The Dinos have lost 4 games in a row and are still 9th place in the league standings. They will start 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.

The Twins have a record of 43-29-1 on the season, and have won 3 games in a row. They also sit in 3rd place in the league standings. They will counter with Kim Yun-Sik, who is 2-3 on the season and has an ERA of 3.99. In 10 starts this season, he has allowed 21 earned runs over 47.1 innings.

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

SSG Landers ML (-230) over Hanwha Eagles

The SSG Landers cruised to an easy win on Wednesday morning, beating the Hanwha Eagles by a score of 8-3. They are now 47-25-3 on the season and remain in first place by 2 games. The SSG Landers will start Wilmer Font on Thursday morning, who is 9-4 on the season and has an ERA of 1.94. In 15 starts this season, he has allowed 22 earned runs over 102.0 innings.

With the loss on Wednesday, the Eagles are now 24-48-1 on the season. They remain in last place in the league standings by several games. The Eagles will counter with Jang Min-Je on Thursday, who is 3-4 on the season and has an ERA of 4.28. In 17 appearances this season (11 starts), Min-Je has allowed 26 earned runs over 54.2 innings.

This is another great spot for the SSG Landers and they have another significant advantage on the mound. For that reason, backing the SSG Landers to win will be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +328.

Extra KBO picks and predictions for Thursday, June 30th

Samsung Lions ML (-172) over KT Wiz

The Samsung Lions easily beat the KT Wiz on Wednesday, winning by a score of 8-2. They look to be in another good spot with David Buchanan taking the mound on Thursday morning. Buchanan has an ERA of 2.42, while Odrisamer Despaigne has an ERA of 4.59 for the KT Wiz. For that reason, backing the Lions will be the play.

Lotte Giants ML (+100) over Doosan Bears

The game between the Doosan Bears and Lotte Giants was canceled on Wednesday morning due to rain, so they will wrap up the series on Thursday morning. Thursday’s game will see 2 decent pitchers take the mound, but Lee In-Bok has been better for the Giants over his last 5 starts compared to Gwak Been for the Doosan Bears. For that reason, backing the Giants to win will be the play.

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