KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Tuesday 8/2 - Suarez shuts down the Bears

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

KBO betting odds

Here are the KBO betting odds for Tuesday, August 2 courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Kia Tigers (-190) vs Hanwha Eagles (+154), O/U 8.5
  • KT Wiz (-150) vs NC Dinos (+124), O/U 9.5
  • LG Twins (-198) vs Lotte Giants (+160), O/U 8.5
  • SSG Landers (-182) vs Kiwoom Heroes (+148), O/U 7.5
  • Samsung Lions (-104) vs Doosan Bears (-118), O/U 7.5

KBO picks and predictions

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

Hanwha Eagles +1.5 (-116) over Kia Tigers

The Kia Tigers were one of the only teams to get in their games on Sunday, as they lost to the SSG Landers by a score of 3-2. The Tigers are now 47-44-1 on the season and are 5th place in the league standings. They will start Sean Nolin, who is 2-5 on the season and has an ERA of 3.42. In 9 starts this season, he has allowed 18 earned runs over 47.1 innings.

The Hanwha Eagles had their game canceled on Sunday morning due to rain, therefore they are still 28-63-2 on the season. The Eagles remain in last place by a wide margin. They will counter with Jang Min-Je on Tuesday morning, who is 4-4 on the season and has an ERA of 3.67. In 21 appearances this season (15 starts), he has allowed 31 earned runs over 76.0 innings.

Both starters are about average this season, but Nolin has had some struggles against the Eagles this season, which would suggest that they can keep this game close if not win outright. To be safe, backing the Eagles on the run line will be the play.

LG Twins ML (-198) over Lotte Giants

The LG Twins had their game canceled on Sunday morning due to rain against the KT Wiz. Because of the rain out, the Twins are still 55-36-1 on the season. They are also still 3rd place in the league standings. They will start Adam Plutko on Tuesday morning, who is 10-4 on the season and has an ERA of 2.76. In 19 starts this season, he has allowed 35 earned runs over 114.0 innings.

The Lotte Giants managed to get their game in on Sunday, but it ended in a tie against the Samsung Lions by a score of 5-5. The Giants are now 39-51-4 on the season and are 7th in the league standings. They will counter with Lee In-Bok, who is 8-7 on the season and has an ERA of 3.77. In 19 appearances (17 starts) this season, he has allowed 41 earned runs over 98.0 innings.

Both starters have had solid seasons, but Plutko has been much more consistent. For that reason, backing the Twins will be the play.

Samsung Lions ML (-104) over Doosan Bears

The Samsung Lions tied 5-5 with the Lotte Giants on Sunday morning. They are now 38-54-2 on the season and remain in 9th place in the league standings. The Lions will start Albert Suarez, who is 4-5 on the season and has an ERA of 2.42. In 19 appearances (18 starts) this season, he has allowed 28 earned runs over 104.0 innings.

The Doosan Bears had their game canceled on Sunday morning due to rain against the Hanwha Eagles and are still 40-49-2 on the season. They remain in 6th place in the league standings. The Bears will counter with Choi Won-Joon, who is 6-7 on the season and has an ERA of 3.29. In 18 starts this season, he has allowed 37 earned runs over 101.1 innings.

The Lions are clearly having a dreadful season, but Suarez gives them a great chance to win on Tuesday. He is the superior pitcher, therefore backing the Lions will be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +449.

Bonus KBO picks and predictions for Tuesday, August 2

SSG Landers vs Kiwoom Heroes – Under 7.5 (-106)

The 1st place SSG Landers will take on the 2nd place Kiwoom Heroes on Tuesday morning and will have the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the standings even more. They will start Shawn Morimando, who has yet to allow an earned run this season, but also only has 1 start. The Heroes will counter with Jeong Chan-Heon, who has an ERA of 4.48, but his ERA against the SSG Landers is 2.81. For that reason, backing the under will be the play.

NC Dinos +1.5 (-136) over KT Wiz

Neither side has a great starting pitcher in this matchup as the NC Dinos will start Shin Min-Hyeok, who has an ERA of 4.23. The KT Wiz will counter with Odrisamer Despaigne, who has an ERA of 4.47. Because they both are about even, backing the Dinos to keep this game close will be the play.

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