The Hanwha Eagles and NC Dinos will meet for the second of three games this weekend at NC Park. The Dinos edged out the Eagles for a 3-1 win on Friday in the first game. Things kind of got interesting in the top of the 9th inning. The Eagles had a runner on 1st and 3rd with no outs, but came up short and couldn’t get anything done with 2 outs on the board.
The game ended 3-1, with the Dinos narrowly escaping with the win on the runline. A little more focus from the Dino offense last night, and it probably didn’t have to be that close. While the offense looked a bit sleepy, Koo Chang-mo was on fire once again. Koo was phenomenal once again, as he commanded the bump for just 3 hits and 1 earned run allowed. There are going to be some MLB teams that keep tabs on Koo’s development in the KBO. He’s only a 23-year-old and has room to grow.
If Koo continues along the path that he’s on, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see him pitching in the US with a major league team in a few years. Ryu played with the Hanwha Eagles from 2006 to 2012 before moving overseas to join the Los Angeles Dodgers. The rest is history for Ryu. It’s unlikely Koo matches what Ryu has done, but southpaws with his ability are going to get noticed. He was a heavy favorite over the Eagles, predictably, and was the catalyst to a win for the Dinos on Friday.
The Dinos won’t have Koo to rely on Friday, and might need to get their offense going a little more for a win, but this is still the Hanwha Eagles on the other side. The Eagles are hopeless and going nowhere fast. They are going to be able to win some games, and even find some upsets here and there, but it’s not going to add up to much by the end of the season. The Eagles have a record of 9-31 and 19 games behind the Dinos.
The Eagles will send out Warwick Saupold, who is probably their best chance of getting a win over the Dinos. It’s not going to be easy, but the Eagles are going to have an opportunity here. The Dinos will go with Lee Jae-hak, who has been on and off this season. He’s hittable, but has already shut down the Eagles in the past. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. NC Dinos pick for June 20, 2020.
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Warwick Saupold has been hot and cold this season with some really great spots and really bad. Saupold allowed 7 earned runs against the Lotte Giants two games ago on the road. Also note that Saupold has surrendered at least 3 earned runs in four of his previous five games. Having said that, Saupold is coming off a solid performance against the Doosan Bears. ‘
He did give up 8 hits, though, so the Bears just weren’t able to capitalize with runners on base. The Dinos didn’t do much better in that regard with runners on last night. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Dinos open up their offense after a slow day on Friday, though. They’re hitting .300 and recorded 6.25 runs per game going into Saturday.
Overall this season, Saupold has a 3.63 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. He’s taken the inconsistent route to those numbers. Saupold didn’t allow an earned run in his first outing this season, and then he did the same in his most recent. However, other than those two performances, Saupold has been a bit erratic. In his last performance versus the Dinos, he gave up 6 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 innings of work for a 4.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
Conversely, Lee Jae-hak held the Eagles to just 1 earned run and 2 hits on June 7. He posted an ERA of 1.29 and 0.43 in that contest. Overall, Lee has been below average with a 5.35 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, but this is the Eagles’ offense. The Eagles are last in batting average with a .232 and in runs per game with 3.27 goals per game. That should help give Lee another boost on Saturday. I’d consider the Dinos to get things done over the Eagles.