The Hanwha Eagles and KIA Tigers will look to get a game in on Wednesday after Tuesday was a washout. They were unable to get a first pitch off because of bad weather in the area in Gwangju. With the weather clearing up and clear skies on Wednesday, there isn’t any reason why the Eagles and Tigers can’t get their matchup in.
It was good news for the Eagles in a way, as they didn’t have to suffer through another losing day. The Eagles have lost a lot of games, which includes 36 of them and just 12 wins. That situates them at the back of the KBO in last with a record of 12-36. They hold a 2-game disadvantage on the SK Wyverns in the basement of the league.
The race to the top is extremely bleak for the Eagles. With a 20.5-game deficit on the NC Dinos, their best-case scenario might be catching up to the Wyverns and avoiding last. Better than that will be quite difficult. The next best club after the Wyverns is the KT Wiz who have a record of 21-27, so there is considerable distance between the Eagles and Wyverns, and then the rest of the KBO. It’s hard to envision the Eagles getting hot enough to do anything more than that.
The Eagles had their won of the season against the NC Dinos on June 20. They won in a shocker by a score of 4-3, and then the Eagles went on a two-game winning streak a few days later. It isn’t much, but that’s just about all the Eagles have had to get excited about in 2020. The Eagles were next to last a season ago with a record of 58-86. The Giants were the only team that played worse than the Eagles.
The Wyverns have been the biggest movers in the KBO and it hasn’t been in a good way. They were tied for first with the Doosan Bears last season. You wouldn’t know it if you just started following the KBO in 2020, though. The pitching matchup for today remains unchanged. Jang Shi-kwan and Im Ki-young are both scheduled to pitch, so they just had their starts pushed back following the postponement yesterday. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. KIA Tigers pick for July 1, 2020.
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The Eagles hope that the extra day off might help Jang Shi-kwan. There isn’t a whole lot that has worked for him this season. Perhaps KIA Champions Field can provide a different tune on Wednesday, though. Like the vast majority of the members of the Hanwha pitching staff, Jang has failed to provide his squad with quality innings. His latest performance was the best of the season for him. Jang yielded 1 earned run in 5 innings against the Samsung Lions, which sounds great, though he had to work himself out of plenty of jams. It certainly wasn’t three hitters up and three hitters down.
Jang left the mound with a 1.80 WHIP after allowing 7 hits and 2 walked batters. That game could have gotten away from Jang, but he held in there to work himself out of some jams. That’s been the exception for Jang throughout 2020. He has typically had to pay for his sloppy work. Note that the 32-year-old has a 6.21 ERA and 2.07 WHIP across eight games. Overall in Jang’s career, he owns a 5.48 ERA and 1.70 WHIP since entering the KBO in 2007. Jang took a loss against the Tigers on May 13 in his first and only matchup against them to this point. He posted a 4.50 ERA and 2.17 WHIP with 3 earned runs allowed in 6 innings at home.
He will have to be better today against the Tigers with Im Ki-young getting the call for the Tigers. Im has been on point this season and he’s on pace for a career-year. He enters Tuesday with an ERA of 2.91 and 1.15 WHIP in eight starts this season. Im has allowed fewer than 3 runs in four straight starts. Six out of his last seven outings there has been fewer than 3 runs scored on Im. The Eagles will put up a good fight early on at KIA Champions Field, though things will likely unravel. A 6-3 or 7-4 win for the home squad is within reason here.