The KIA Tigers and Kiwoom Heroes meet for the second time in two days at Gocheok Sky Dome on Saturday. The Tigers edged out the Heroes by a score of 8-6 in more of a lopsided contest than the score indicated. The Tigers took a 8-3 lead into the bottom of the 9th before the Heroes made things interesting for a minute. Kiwoom tacked on 3 runs to make the final score a little more respectable.
That was all it amounted to, though, as the Tigers held on for a 8-6 win. If you had an in-game wager on the Heroes on the spread or total, then those runs were very important. The loss for the Heroes bumped them down to 28-18 on the season. It put an end to an eight-game winning streak for the Heroes. They were on fire and it enabled them to get into second-place in the KBO.
Despite the loss against the Tigers on Friday, the Heroes are playing terrific baseball right now and recently added Addison Russell to the mix. He has yet to play a game with the Heroes, but was signed at some point last week. The Heroes swung for the fences and tried to attract Yasiel Puig to South Korea. That didn’t go according to the plan, and they went to Plan B with Russell. Kudos to the Heroes for going after big names to try to make their team stronger.
The Heroes are highly unlikely to get the same all-star from 2016. Russell also won a World Series with the Cubs that season. The fact we’d be talking about Russell playing in the KBO just four years later is crazy to think of, but he couldn’t get himself in order off the field, and it clearly had an impact on the field. His play suffered and cheers turned into boos for Russell quickly.
The Heroes made a nice signing last season, as they targeted another overseas player. Eric Jokisch was available and the Heroes made a move. So far so good for Jokisch and the Heroes. He’s been one of the best pitchers in the KBO in 2020 and is showing improvements after a solid campaign in 2019. Jokisch is going from solid to excellent in a year. He gets the nod on Saturday against Yang Hyung-jong of the LG Twins. Head below for our free LG Twins vs. Kiwoom Heroes pick for June 27, 2020.
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Eric Jokisch has quietly been going about his business in the KBO this season. He is flying under the radar, but I’ve been paying attention to Jokisch since the start of the season. I’ve tailed him several times and it’s worked out well. Jokich heads into Saturday with a 1.63 ERA and 0.94 WHIP following nine outings in 2020. He was on a good pace last season as a KBO rookie.
In his first season pitching in South Korea, Jokisch was on point with a 3.13 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 30 games. Jokisch appears ready to take his game to the next level. He’s allowed more than 2 earned runs in a start only once in 2020, and no more than 3 earned runs in any outing. Jokisch is coming off a standout performance against the SK Wyverns, as he yielded just 3 hits and 1 earned run on June 21. A week later, Jokisch is ready to give it another go at home against the Tigers.
Jokisch opened up this campaign versus the Tigers back on May 6. He was sharp with a 1.80 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 5 innings of work. Jokisch should be able to outwork his counterpart in this one. Yang Hyun-jong has been inconsistent and has a 4.88 ERA and 1.27 WHIP to show for his efforts. Yang is coming off a brutal performance versus the Samsung Lions.
The Lions got to Yang for 8 runs and 10 hits in 4 innings to hand him a 15.75 ERA and 2.50 WHIP. He was not good in his only start against the Heroes as well. Jokisch gave up 4 earned runs and 4 hits for a 12.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP on May 5. He is unlikely to be as bad as he was recently versus the Lions, but I will gladly back Jokisch over him here.