The Sunday AM slate for the KBO is better in terms of weather than the Saturday morning one.
Today’s slate has a bunch of the SP1’s for the teams going and a lot more “normal” names, or as the KBO league calls them “foreign players”. So far the best approach with KBO has sadly been to just identify the two pitchers you want and then roll with a stack against another arm who is likely popular. Until we really understand the players better I don’t see any other way to play this. And no, this isn’t gonna turn into a stacking debate. We are dealing with five game slates here and gotta keep that in perspective.
Here’s the data break down for today’s pitchers — sorted by games. We have a few of the guys who were rained out back on the mound tonight.
Jung Hyun Baek ($6500 – Samsung Lions) vs Kia Tigers
- Samsung appears a little better at home and Baek is coming off a 4-0 loss on Opening Day but the offense looks a little better now for Samsung.
- Give me Samsung at home tonight against the Tigers who have actually be pretty bad offensively as well but that will go overlooked because they are favored.
- The Opposing arm on this game (Jung Hyun Baek) is a nice option on paper and probably one of the chalkier options today.
Jeff Brigham ($8500 – Kiwoom Heroes) vs Hanwha Eagles
- Don’t let the stat line fool you. Brigham was removed early because of a fire in the middle of the game last Tuesday.
- Brigham and Saupold are both facing off in the lowest total on the slate and he’s the heavy home favorite.
- Also consider Warwick Saupold in the same game.
Yong Chan Lee ($8700 – Doosan Bears) vs Min Kim ($6800 – KT Wiz)
- This game is in a shitty stadium IMO for offense and normally would be worthy of a pitching game stack.
- However, Here’s my scouting report on these two guys
- Lee (Bears) … a former closer who back in 2010 was arrested on drunk driving charges after the police caught him in hit-and-run crash. He was pulled over and took a Breathalyzer test, which he failed. He was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Fuck that. Had the guy been arrested because he was passed out at a stop light or a drive thru then he would be the #1 arm on the slate, but not a hit and run crash.
- Meanwhile all I could really scoop on Kim Min is that he’s 21 years old and has pitched twice already this season in very limited spots. So Min Kim is very appropriately named as a Min value option.
Nice park and Casey Kelly doesn’t scare me
- Chun Woong Lee (OF)
- Hyun Soo Kim (OF)
- Roberto Ramos (1B)
- Eun Sung Chae (OF)
- Kang nam Yoo (C)
SK Wyverns vs LOTTE Giants
This is the most favorable ballpark on the slate if not the entire league. We saw 17 runs scored here between these teams on Friday night and last nights rain out means I would suspect we see normal lineups today for certain. Both Straily and Kingham had bad numbers in the major leagues but should do better in the KBO — however I would definitely look here for offense as much as you can.
- Jeong Choi (3B/SS) – Wyverns
- Jamie Romak (1B/OF) – Wyverns
- Byung Hun Min (OF) – Giants
- Jun Woo Jeon (OF) – Giants
C – Eui Ji Yang (LG)
1B – Ramos / Romak
2B – Jose Fernandez (DOO)
3B – Jeong Choi (SK)
SS – Machado on Sunday? Yes. (LOT)
OF – Jin Ho Jung (HAN) … 2-4 in each of the first two games in this series and for some reason is dirt cheap on DK
OF – Sung bum Na (NCD)
OF – Heon Gon Kim (SAM)
OF – Byung Hin Min (LOT)
Games for pitching for me:
- (HAN) Eagles vs (KIW) Heroes
- (KIA) Tigers vs (SAM) Lions
Games for offense
- (SK) Wyverns vs (LOT) Giants
- (LG) Twins vs (NC) Dions
- (KT) Wiz vs (DOO) Bears
Dixon Machado – SS – Lotte Giants