KBO DFS: The Argument for the Samsung Lions

Adrian Sampson is bad. It might not matter in the KBO, a league where bad American pitching looks great, but Sampson may tip the scale. His opponent in his KBO debut, The Samsung Lions, will have a chance to put the bat on the ball against Sampson, unlike other American pitchers, and their ceilings can prevail.

Sampson’s near-400 Triple-A innings were so unimpressive that it boggles the mind he was gifted 125.1 with the Texas Rangers in 2019. His career Triple-A numbers:

398.2 IP
4.58 RA/9
6.5 K/9
1.8 BB/9
0.7 HR/9
1.342 WHIP

Besides the walks, it’s no wonder he has nowhere else to go for $500k. The HR/9 is excellent, but we can’t completely ignore that he gave up 2.2 in 153 MLB IP.

No one is gonna play Samsung because they’re bad, too. After losing Darin Ruf, they’re completely unspectacular, but they have left-handed hitting who are decent against right-handed pitchers. Ja-wook Ku is one of those left-handed hitters. Ku leads the team with an and .489 SLG%, a .196 ISO, and.an 848 OPS against righties since 2019.

Won-seok Lee leads the team with 15 HRs against right-handed pitching since 2019. Min-ho Kang is next with 13. Cleanup man Dong-yeop Kim leads the team this season. Kim is only two seasons removed from a 27-HR campaign with SK.

Leadoff man Sang-su Kim leads the team with 21 steals since 2019, leading everyone in the Lions’ RG-projected lineup with a .371 OBP versus right-handers.

The squad also just acquired Tyler Saladino in the offseason, but he’s playing like crap: .163/.263/.306 so far this season. Last season, in Triple-A, though, he slashed 287/.384/.566 in 79 games in the very hitter-friendly PCL.

Sampson might just be a bad pitcher against whom we shouldn’t stack. Martin Perez-esque. Maybe this is the wrong team with which to make this reach.

Samsung is third-to-last in The O with 4.68 runs per game and 15 total HRs. The wind should be blowing in at around ten mph, but we’re not leaning on the long ball anyway. With this stack, we’re leaning on the rallies Sampson’s hittable pitches can give us. A super cheap option to give us that Doosan production in one of ten lineups, maybe one in five.

MARGINAL NOTES

— There is an argument to playing Sampson in future slates. In 126.2 Triple-A innings in 2018, he surrendered a 42.2% groundball rate, so he can fit in perfectly in this league. KBO insider Daniel Kim said there will be a strict pitch count on Sampson for tomorrow morning’s slate.

— NC Dinos against a lefty is the rockstar stack of the night (I haven’t had this much night-day confusion since I drank.). There will be a temptation to fade them over 20%, but I think that’s a mistake. I say we set ‘em and forget ‘em, then work on our pitcher research and stacks to differentiate there. For all the love the Doosan Bears receive in ownership, NC is leading The O with a robust 1.33 HRs per game.

— Don’t forget about Aaron Altherr in your Dino stacks. The man had a .200 ISO against left-handed MLB pitching. Disregard his spot in the batting order for GPP play. Re23pect.

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