After blowing a 10-4 lead on Thursday, the Twins responded for an easy 8-0 win yesterday over the Hanwha Eagles. The Twins gave up 7 runs in the bottom of the 6th just after they took a lead the previous half inning. They scored 10 runs from the 4th to 6th inning, and then the Twins’ pitching instantly gave it all back. That’s just life in the KBO, though. It happens and you have to accept if one of your bets goes up in flames because of bad relievers. The Lotte Giants went on to win 15-10 over the Twins in that contest.
Good teams know how to bounce back from bad performances and the Twins did that impressively. It was only over the Eagles, yeah, but beating any team 8-0 is a good day. The Twins pulled away in the 5th inning to take a 7-0 lead. That was all she wrote for the Eagles. They had no response for Im Chan-kyu. Im went 6 innings with just 2 hits and 2 walks conceded. It was a tremendous effort by Im, and then the bullpen gave up just 1 hit for the rest of the game.
The Twins moved to 32-29-1 on the season with the win against the Eagles. They’re tied with the Samsung Lions for fifth in the KBO. The Lions have been coming on strong after a slow start to the season. I’d put the Twins and Lions in a mid-tier class with the KIA Tigers and KT Wiz. All have some holes that they may choose to try and fill at the trade deadline, but they’re going to lag behind the top teams regardless.
When it comes to the Eagles, they are in a class alone with the SK Wyverns. However, I’d say that the Wyverns have a much better chance of getting hot. With that in mind, the Eagles may be in a class of their own in the basement. They head into Saturday with a record of 17-46. Watch out for the Eagles pulling off an upset once in a while, but they don’t have the talent to consistently win at an efficient clip. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. LG Twins pick for July 18, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Hanwha Eagles will aim for different results with Jang Shi-hwan on the bump. For the Eagles’ standards in 2020, I’d have to say that Jang has been one of their better options in the rotation. That isn’t saying much, but at least he can chew up a few innings. As a team, the Eagles are last in the KBO with a team ERA of 5.55, so it’s been a struggle.
Jang has a 4.69 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 11 starts this season. He’s on a nice run recently, but I don’t know if he can keep it up on the road against the Twins. The Twins’ bats have been hot, with 27 runs scored in their last three games. This looks like a good spot for Jang to regress.
The Eagles’ offense was lifeless yesterday, though veteran Cha Woo-chan for the Twins will give them a chance on Saturday. Cha has been less than serviceable, as he heads into Saturday with a 6.04 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. Over the course of his 450-game career, Cha has notched a career ERA of 4.52 and 1.45 WHIP.
He’s coming off a couple of brutal performances versus the KT Wiz, with a 10.80 ERA and 11.57 ERA. He allowed a total of 12 earned runs across 9.2 innings. In three out of his previous four outings, Cha has yielded at least 6 earned runs. The Eagles’ offense was running cold on Friday, but Cha should be hittable. I’m leaning towards a 7-4 or 6-5 final score here.