The Hanwha Eagles are in a lot of trouble this season. They’re already in a deep hole, and I don’t know if getting out of it is realistic at this point. I like to say that it’s early, and give teams the benefit of the doubt, but I’m not so sure the Eagles are mounting a comeback in 2020. Having said that, the Eagles should be able to play better baseball and make things at least respectable.
As it is now, their record of 7-25 isn’t a respectable place to be. That puts the Eagles well behind the 8-ball, as they are 17.5 games behind the NC Dinos for the lead in the KBO. For as early as we are in the season, the Eagles are back more than a mile already.
But never mind the Dinos for the lead, the Eagles might want to focus on chipping away and try to play catch up with the KT Wiz for second-last. The Wiz have a much better offense than the Eagles, so even that looks like a bit of a stretch.
They’re 4.5 games back of the Wiz. In other words, there hasn’t been much discussion regarding who the worst team in the KBO has been this season. A lot can change between no and the end of the regular season, though. Just don’t expect to see the Eagles playing in the playoffs or anything.
The Eagles were slammed by a score of 12-2 yesterday against the Lotte Giants at Sajik Baseball Stadium. Kim Min-woo couldn’t make it past 2.1 innings, as he exited the contest with 6 and 5 earned runs. The bleeding didn’t stop there for the Eagles. Their bullpen was unable to keep the damage at a minimum as well.
Park Sang Won recorded just 1 out with 4 earned runs allowed. The Giants are good for a game like that here and there, but they’re not as consistently good as the Dinos or Bears to take them too seriously. Everyone was jumping on the bandwagon after their red-hot start, but finishing above .500 would be a step in the right direction.
Having said that, the Giants have been getting hot again of late. They’re on a five-game winning streak heading into Thursday. We’ll see if they can make it six today. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. Lotte Giants pick for June 11, 2020 in the KBO.
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For the Eagles to stop the bleeding, they’re going to need a little something more from their starting pitching. Jang Min-jae will have to figure it out in a hurry on Thursday on the road. He’s been a bottom-tier starter throughout his 11-year career in the KBO, with a career ERA of 5.72 and 1.67 WHIP. He started the most games in his career in 2019 and the results were fairly consistent with his overall work. Jang posted an ERA of 5.43 and 1.48 WHIP in 22 starts. In his previous three seasons, Jang has notched a 7.76 ERA, 4.68 ERA, and 5.43 ERA. He’s on pace for a miserable season if he keeps this up.
Jang has posted an ERA of 7.58 and 1.84 WHIP going into Thursday. He’s gotten hammered for 12 earned runs in his last two outings across 7 innings of play. He notched a 13.50 ERA and 18.00 ERA against the KT Wiz and LG Twins in those two performances. The Giants should be able to get to Jang and inflict more damage on the Eagles’ pitching staff. They’ve been swinging the bats well with 21 runs scored in their last two games. Jang isn’t a pitcher that is likely going to slow down the Giants in this spot on the road. As a team, the Eagles have been terrible with a 6.30 ERA on the season.
Seo Jun-won has shown improvement from his rookie season so far. As an 18-year-old rookie, Seo notched an ERA of 5.47 and 1.60 WHIP. As a young pitcher like that, you can’t really fault Seo for not being perfect. There have been steps being made forward, and that’s the most important part for Seo. He owns a 4.28 ERA and 1.34 WHIP going into Thursday. Seo has been on a favorable run, with 4 earned runs allowed in his previous 18.2 innings of work. The Eagles are terrible at the plate, with a team batting average of .236 and 105 runs scored for 3.3 runs per game. Ride the hot hand of the Giants and fade the ice cool Eagles in this one.