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KBO Picks & Odds (June 12): The KBO’s Best is Back on the Mound

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Chang Mo Koo has allowed just three runs total in six starts this season. Photo by @daniel_greiss (Twitter).
  •  Chang Mo Koo is 5-0, with a 0.66 ERA and 0.71 WHIP this season
  •  Lotte Giants have reeled off six straight wins
  • Find odds and best bets for the KBO’s five-game slate on June 12th in the article below

A full weekend of KBO action is on deck with five new series beginning Friday at 5:30 am EST. Among the storylines to follow will be can Hanwha finally snap its 17-game losing streak and can Chang Mo Koo’s dominance continue for NC against Kiwoom?

 KBO Odds: Friday, June 12th

Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
KIA Tigers -145 -1.5 (+100) Over 9.0 (+100) 5:30 a.m.
SK Wyverns +115 +1.5 (-130) Under 9.0 (-130)
Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
Kiwoom Heroes +205 +1.5 (+145) Over 10.0 (-130) 5:30 a.m.
NC Dinos -265 -1.5 (-175) Under 10.0 (+100)
Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
Lotte Giants +140 +1.5 (-135) Over 8.5 (+100) 5:30 a.m.
LG Twins -170 -1.5 (+105) Under 8.5 (-130)
Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
Doosan Bears -280 -1.5 (-210) Over 11.0 (-115) 5:30 a.m.
Hanwha Eagles +220 +1.5 (+170) Under 11.0 (-115)
Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
KT Wiz Suwon -215 -1.5 (-160) Over 10.5 (-120) 5:30 a.m.
Samsung Lions +175 +1.5 (+130) Under 10.5 (-110)

Odds as of June 11th.

Koo is the King of the KBO

Koo’s most recent outing was a carbon copy of his previous five. He allowed just one run, struck out six and didn’t allow a walk. He’s surrendered just three runs in 41 innings all season, and has a 44-9 strikeout-to-walk rate.

His 0.66 ERA and 0.71 WHIP are tops in the KBO, and he also leads the league in quality starts and strikeouts. Only one opponent has produced more than five base-runners against him, and the last time he faced the Heroes he held them to three hits and one run over seven innings.

Also working in Koo’s favor is the insane Dinos offense behind him. NC has scored seven or more times in seven of eight and will face Seung Ho Lee who’s allowed 11 runs in his last 7.1 innings.

Pick: NC Dinos -1.5 (-175)

Show Straily Some Love

Another KBO starter who’s been turning heads all season is Lotte’s Dan Straily. The 31-year-old held KT Wiz scoreless over 7 innings in his last outing, and has now allowed just one run total in his last three starts.

Only Koo has racked up more strikeouts than Straily, and the former MLB’er ranks fourth in ERA. His Giants meanwhile, have reeled off six straight wins and are facing an LG team that pulled double duty on Thursday.

The Twins took both games of their double-header versus the SK Wyverns but used eight pitchers in the process. If LG can’t get a quality outing from Tyler Wilson it could be a long night for the home team.

Pick: Lotte Giants +1.5 (-135)

KIA and SK Stay Under

We’ve been targeting the under in Wyverns’ games lately and we’ll go right back to the well on Friday. SK is one of the league’s lowest scoring teams and is hitting just .238 at home this season.

KIA meanwhile, averages less than four runs per contest away from home and the under is 14-4 in Tigers’ road games in 2020.

Also working in the under’s favor is what projects to be a strong pitching matchup. SK will turn to Jong Hoon Park, who hasn’t allowed more than three runs in an outing all season. He’s undefeated in six starts and last time out held Samsung to just two runs over 6 innings.

KIA will counter with Drew Gagnon, who’s had a roller coaster season, but when he’s on he’s been terrific. Gagnon allowed just one run last time out versus high powered Doosan and has given up one run or less in three of his last four outings.

Pick: Under 9.0 (-130)

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