NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions Pick – KBO May 31, 2020

The NC Dinos were put on notice yesterday against the Samsung Lions at Daegu Samsung Lions Park. The Dinos were blasted by a score of 9-1 a day after losing a tight 5-4 game. There were some expectations that the Dinos would have bounced back from that effort, but they absolutely didn’t. In fact, they regressed and folded like a cardboard box. They’re a much better team than that.

And despite the loss, the Dinos are still leading the standings with a record of 17-5. They can withstand a couple of losses and still have a terrific record. It’s likely that there will be some variance for the Dinos. They’re a good team, much better than the 9-1 loss. However, staying as hot as they were is difficult for any team. Bad losses are going to happen.

Even if the Dinos get swept on Sunday, I still wouldn’t be too concerned about them. It’s the same case with MLB clubs. Bad spots against bad clubs are expected. However, are the Lions really that bad or was it a slow start for them earlier in the year? That’s the thing when we’re still in the opening stages of a season. It’s much easier for me to ascertain what’s going to happen in MLB than the KBO, so we’ll see what happens. The one thing I did know is that the Lotte Giants weren’t going to sustain their nice start. That evaporated very quickly.

Just don’t chase losses on KBO matches, and make sure you have a solid bankroll intact for the major sports in North America. The major leagues are slowly coming, but they’re going to be here eventually. And when they do arrive, it’s going to be a time where everyone is going to want to bet. The goal here is to try to pick up a bit of extra money for that point.

The Lions moved to 10-13 on the season with the win yesterday. That’s a start for the Lions. They were cold to open the year, but they’ve been playing much better baseball since then. The Lions were a dynasty not too long ago. They went four straight seasons with championships from 2011 to 2014. The Lions haven’t had that same level of success since that point. The Lions seem to be a mid-tier club in 2020. Head below for our free NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions pick for May 31, 2020 in the KBO.

NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions KBO Baseball Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Dinos -1.5 (-158)
  • Lions +1.5 (+128)
Moneyline:

  • Dinos (-225)
  • Lions (+185)
Total Points:

  • Over 9 (-115)
  • Under 9 (-115)

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NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions Prediction:

The Lions will count on 25-year-old Choi Chae-heung to get it done for a sweep over the Dinos today. Choi has been terrific thus far and has been untouchable in four starts. In his third season in the KBO, Choi has pitched reasonably well in his first two seasons. Choi has notched a 3.21 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 2018 and a 4.81 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 2019. He’s on pace to beat both of those numbers, though it’s early this season.

In any event, Choi has been sharp with a 1.88 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 24 innings. He has allowed 5 earned runs in those 24 innings, with two games where Choi didn’t give up any runs at all. In his worst performance of the year, Choi was on the road, where he allowed 4 earned runs against the Kiwoom Heroes on May 14. At home, Choi has surrendered just 1 earned run in 11 innings at home. The Dinos counter with Koo Chang-mo who has been flawless. He’s been one of the hottest, if not the hottest pitcher in the KBO to start 2020.

Koo has yielded only 2 earned runs in 29 innings across four starts. He has posted an ERA of 0.62 and 0.66 WHIP. Koo has already pitched against the Lions on the road and he was almost perfect. He gave up just 2 hits and 2 walks with no runs allowed across 6 innings of work. Koo left the game with a 0.00 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. Prior to that outing against the Lions, Koo posted a 1.69 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in his previous performance against them. I’m seeing a low-scoring game with a score of 5-3 or 4-3 on Sunday at Daegu Samsung Lions Park.

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Kyle E / Author

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