The Kia Tigers and Hanwha Eagles will do battle again on Wednesday following a 10-2 win for the Tigers yesterday. The Eagles are counting down the days until the end of the season. The only positive out of this season is that it looks like the Eagles are destined for the first overall selection in the draft. There aren’t any other silver linings that can be located for the Eagles in 2020. The Eagles finished last season with a record of 58-86-0 for second-last in the KBO. This season it appears that they’re going to take a step back.
2018 was the first year that the Eagles reached the playoffs since 2007. They went ten straight years failing to qualify for the playoffs. The Eagles reached the Korean Series in 2006, with a loss against the Samsung Lions for the title. Ryu was pitching for the Eagles then and was awarded the KBO MVP award. The rest is history for Ryu, as he’s not one of the finest pitchers in the major leagues.
The Eagles haven’t been much of a team since Ryu left to play at the highest level of baseball in the world. Even when they reached the playoffs in 2018, the Eagles didn’t get into the postseason by much with a record of 77-67. They aren’t sniffing anything to do with the playoffs this year. The Eagles don’t do much well, but their pitching has really been a liability for them this season.
The Tigers are clinging to the final playoff spot at the moment. They’re going into Wednesday with a record of 34-29 for fourth in the KBO. That’d be good for the postseason if the playoffs started today. They have a half game advantage on the LG Twins and a couple of games behind the Heroes for third. The Tigers are expected to give the ball to Yang Hyun-jong to start the game on the hill. Kim Min-woo will be called upon for the Eagles. Head below for our free Kia Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles pick for July 22, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Eagles’ pitching staff has been unable to find any sense of consistency. That goes from the starters to the relievers. There hasn’t been much to get excited about for the Eagles. They rank last in the KBO with a team ERA of 5.56. Kim Min-woo hasn’t been great, but he rates as one of their best options in the starting rotation.
Kim goes into Wednesday with a pedestrian ERA of 4.55 and record of 2-6. In his sixth season in the KBO, much of his career has been filled with frustrations. Overall across 96 games of work, Kim has posted an ERA of 6.41 and 1.68 WHIP in 315.2 innings. He’s coming off a poor effort versus the KT Wiz on July 16. Kim was tagged with 6 hits and 4 earned runs for a 6.35 ERA and 1.59 WHIP.
All things considered, Kim has been up compared to his 6.52 and 6.75 ERA in his first two seasons as a full-time starter in 2018 and 2019. The Tigers should be able to exploit Kim in this matchup. If the Eagles are going to win this game, it’s likely going to be with their offense against Yang Hyun-jong.
Yang has been off the mark, with 19 earned runs yielded in their previous 13 innings of work. He’s notched a 14.09 ERA and 2.57 WHIP in his last three starts. Overall, Yang has a 6.31 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 2020. He’s vulnerable and this should be a spot for the Eagles to get something going for their offense. I think the total is just a tad too low here. The right side appears to be with the OVER at a value.