The KIA Tigers and Lotte Giants will attempt to get a game in after they were rained out just like everyone else on Wednesday. Four games were scraped, while the Hanwha Eagles and Samsung Lions proceeded. All four were pushed back to Thursday, and hopefully there won’t be any interruptions. The Giants edged the Tigers out in a 9th inning thriller on Tuesday.
Down 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th, the Giants scored 3 runs to walk-off the Tigers on a base hit. Good win for the Giants as they advanced to 21-21 on the season. The Giants are stuck in limbo right about now, with no one really confident in where they’re going from here. They started out of the gate red-hot in 2020, but then mellowed out and the variance bug caught up to them quickly.
Now we’re seeing the Giants stabilize and probably about where they should be as a team. While a record of .500 doesn’t seem spectacular, the Giants are a club that went 48-93-2 a season ago. They finished 39 games behind the SK Wyverns for first and dead last in the KBO. In other words, if the Giants continue to hover around the .500 mark, then I’d say it wouldn’t be a terrible season for them at all. It’d be an improvement if the Giants finished with a record around .500.
Pressure would be on the Giants to step up a level next season. They did make a solid acquisition by bringing Dan Straily in to South Korea. A former decently successful major leaguer, Straily has performed well on the bump and should continue to produce for the Giants. He pitched in the major leagues from 2012 to 2019 with six different teams. His most successful season was in 2016 with the Cincinnati Reds, where he posted a 3.76 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.
Following the Straily signing, the Giants showed that they intend on winning games this season and we’ve seen it happen. However, they’re an extra arm or two away from being serious contenders. Straily will get the call for the Giants in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Thursday. The Tigers are expected to throw Lee Min-woo at the Giants as their starting hurler. Head below for our free KIA Tigers vs. Lotte Giants pick for June 25, 2020 in the KBO.
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Straily did not have a good go of it in his first meeting against the KIA Tigers this season. In fact, it was the worst start of Straily’s young career in the KBO. He allowed 5 earned runs and 6 hits in 5 innings of work for a 9.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. It’s the only performance by Straily where he’s given up more than 2 earned runs.
In his eight other performances, he gave up 2 or fewer earned runs. Since getting hit for 5 runs versus the Tigers, Straily has been on fire with a cumulative ERA of 1.05 in his previous five outings. In 33.2 innings of work, he’s given up 4 earned runs after getting pegged hard by the Tigers.
That start against the Tigers was on the road and now he gets the Tigers at home. Straily hasn’t given up a single run at home so far this season. In three outings at home, Straily owns a 0.00 ERA and 0.75 WHIP. I think the Tigers should expect to see a different Straily than they did in their first meeting this season. Lee Min-woo is likely going to need a standout performance in this one. Lee has a 5.55 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in four seasons of playing KBO ball.
He’s been consistent in that regard in 2020. Lee has registered an ERA of 5.12 and 1.29 WHIP this season. Not much has worked for him recently, with Lee allowing 15 earned runs in his previous three starts. That’s across 15 innings of work for Lee. Going on the road has been tricky for Lee, as he has a 8.08 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in four performances. I’d suggest taking a look at the Giants to take care of business in the early game over the Tigers.