The Hanwha Eagles looked like a team that didn’t belong in the basement for a few minutes. However, it was right back to regular scheduled programming for the Eagles on the weekend against the KT Wiz. After winning the series opener with a 7-4 win, the Eagles fell back down to their typical sorrows. They lost 7-2 and then 8-4 the following day for two more days of misery. With the losses, the Eagles slipped to 12-36 on the season.
That puts them a whopping 21 games behind the NC Dinos for first in the league. Just getting out of last would be a step in the right direction for the Eagles, but even that is going to be difficult. The Eagles are 2.5 games behind the Wyverns, so obviously that’s very doable, but I’d argue that the Wyverns are a better team.
The Eagles beat the Lions 9-2 and then followed up with a 7-4 win over the KT Wiz for only the third time that they’ve won consecutive games. They may have fooled a few people, but the Eagles showed their true colors shortly thereafter against the Wiz in the final two games of the series. The Eagles have a lot more questions than answers on their roster. Their roster is riddled with holes and not the most depth.
Sometimes they’ll get the bottom of the bottom of the lineup, which is when you usually see a rare win, but the Eagles generally have to scrape pretty hard to get a complete effort out of their roster. The Tigers are coming off a weekend series against the Kiwoom Heroes on the road. It started off nicely with a 8-6 win on Friday, but their offense went to sleep on Saturday and Sunday for losses of 2-0 and 1-0.
The Tigers head into the new week with a record of 24-21, which has them 2 games back of the LG Twins for fourth in the KBO. They’re 7.5 back of the NC Dinos for the lead. Catching up for the lead is highly unlikely, but getting into the playoffs should be within reach for the Tigers. They’ve just been too hot and cold to keep pace with the better teams in the KBO. The Tigers are expected to turn to Im Ki-young, who has been having the season of his career so far. Conversely, the Eagles will roll the dice with Jang Shi-hwan. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. KIA Tigers pick for June 30, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Eagles will see what they get out of Jang Shi-hwan on Tuesday on the road at KIA Champion Field. Like the majority of the members of the Hanwha pitching staff, Jang has been all over the map with a lot of inconsistencies in his game. He is coming off a rock solid performance on the road against the Lions, but that’s an outlier for him in 2020. Jang yielded 1 earned run in 5 innings, which sounds great, though he had to work himself out of plenty of jams.
He finished the game with a 1.80 WHIP after allowing 7 hits and 2 walked batters. That game could have easily gotten out of hand for Jang, but he was able to hang in there and pick up the required outs without much damage. However, that’s been the exception for Jang throughout 2020. 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 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. Now he must go on the road to face Im Ki-young and the Tigers. Im has been hot in 2020 and he’s set for a career-year. He goes into Tuesday with an ERA of 2.91 and 1.15 WHIP in eight outings 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. It should be more of the same for the Eagles on the road today. Expect a 6-3 or 7-4 win for the Tigers on Tuesday.