The Hanwha Eagles and Samsung Lions were the only two teams to play on Wednesday in the KBO. Bad weather took care of the rest of the league, hence why we have multiple doubleheaders taking place. A total of nine games are on the board in the KBO on Thursday. That’s rare and can obviously only happen with doubleheaders.
The Eagles and Lions are the only teams without a doubleheader on Thursday. Like I’ve said before, there isn’t any waiting between doubleheaders in the KBO. They play the next game immediately after without much time for a breather.
Major League Baseball intends on getting a 60-game season off the ground in about a month from now. There are even some teams that want to play with fans in the ballpark with limited capacity. Limited capacity has been happening for years for some teams, so they wouldn’t have a problem if the limited capacity is the case.
I’m not so sure that’s going to happen, though. The fact that they’re playing in their own stadium could be an issue to begin with. There are some areas that are fine regarding Covid-19, though others are going in the opposite direction.
Over in South Korea, there are concerns regarding a second wave, but it’s currently manageable and nothing is widespread. The KBO is well into their season with teams already having played 40+ games. There is currently an ongoing debate regarding whether fans should be permitted to attend.
The CPBL eventually allowed fan access on a limited basis, and continue to allow more and more fans into the ballparks. Taiwan has done a fantastic job controlling the spread of the virus, so they’re in another league regarding the situation. They are an outlier during the pandemic.
While the Eagles and Lions were the only game on Thursday, it provided an entertaining finish. The Eagles looked like they were going to get the upset for a minute, but everything went south in the 9th inning. The Lions erased a 2-1 deficit to get the win 3-2 on a walk-off single. There were 2 outs on the board and the Lions didn’t want to go into extra innings. It was chalked up as another bad loss for the Eagles.
Just when it looked like they had a win, they tripped and fell over themselves in the final half inning of the game. The Eagles fell to 10-34 on the season, while the Lions got to the .500 mark for 22-22. There’s a better than decent chance of getting above .500 today. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. Samsung Lions pick for June 25, 2020 in the KBO.
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David Buchanan should be a fairly familiar face if you’re a Philadelphia Phillie fan. You probably wouldn’t have the best memories of Buchanan because he wasn’t good in Philadelphia. He ended his major league career with a 5.01 ERA and 1.51 WHIP, which isn’t that terrible considering how bad some of the lower-end pitchers in the major leagues can be.
It was good enough to get attention from overseas. His first stop was in Japan, where Buchanan recorded 4.07 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. As a rookie in the KBO, Buchanan has been solid enough with a 3.62 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. If it wasn’t for one bad outlier against the LG Twins back on May 19, his ERA would be closer to the 3.00 mark.
Buchanan was hammered for 10 earned runs in 5 innings against the Twins in that outing. Since then, though, Buchanan has been feeling hot, with no more than 2 earned runs yielded in five straight performances. The Eagles will be his easiest assignment of 2020. They’ve struggled at the plate with a .235 batting average for dead last in the KBO.
With just 3.36 runs scored per game, the Eagles are last in runs as well. An argument could be made that the Lions’ offense might have some fun today, though. The Lions will face Hanwha starter, Kim Bum-soo. Kim looks to get his season in order, but has been a bottom pitcher in the KBO since entering the league in 2015.
He has a 6.22 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in six seasons in the KBO. For his standards, Kim’s 4.70 ERA and 1.70 WHIP isn’t that bad actually. He must be better to keep up with Buchanan on Thursday, though. This will be only his second start after pitching of the bullpen earlier in the year. The Lions should be able to pull away and not leave this one up to a 9th inning comeback on Thursday.