Along with the rest of the KBO, the Kia Tigers and Lotte Giants will be in action on Friday as well. With only one game scheduled for Saturday, this is essentially the final day of the season. This is considered extra time in the KBO, as they tacked on a ten-day period to play out games that were previously postponed. None were postponed because of Covid by the way. The only games being made up are for bad weather.
The Tigers and Giants have nothing to lose in this game. They’ve been playing for nothing now for a long minute. The Tigers were expecting to go to the postseason this season. This is a team that went 68-80-2 a season ago. There were expectations for the Tigers to show big improvement to get into the top-5 after finishing seventh in 2019. While the Tigers improved a spot to sixth, they are 7.5 games back of a postseason spot.
I suppose if they continue along this line, the Tigers will be fifth next season, right? The Tigers would be happy with fifth or better undoubtedly. Note that the Tigers are the most successful team in KBO history. They have 11 Korean Series championships, which includes a perfect record of 11-0 in the Korean Series. Their most recent wins were in 2009 and 2017. 2017 feels like an eternity to go, but it was only three years ago that the Tigers were celebrating a championship.
The Giants have Korean Series wins in 1984 and 1992, so it’s been a long road of misery for Giants’ fans. They finished dead last in 2019 with a record of 48-93-3. The Giants managed to get out of the basement and to respectability. They head into their final game of the year with a mark of 70-72-1.
Dan Straily played a big part in that, and he only signed a one-year deal, so they could be looking to replace him. His effort this season might be enough to give him another chance in the majors for next year. We’ll see, though, but he’ll have options regardless that doesn’t include the Giants.
Former MLBer, Adrian Sampson, who has been a disappointment, is slated to get the final start for the Giants in 2020. Drew Gagnon, another former major leaguer, will counter for the Tigers. Head below for our free Kia Tigers vs. Lotte Giants pick for October 30, 2020.
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Former major leaguer doesn’t necessarily equate to strong pitching on the bump. Drew Gagnon and Adrian Sampson have both found out the hard way in their rookie seasons in the KBO. Neither of their agents will be receiving a call from a major league team anytime soon. Gagnon has been fine by KBO standards, but he hasn’t been turning any heads with the Tigers.
He goes into Friday with a 4.15 ERA and 1.40 WHIP through 27 games and 154 innings of work in 2020. That’s some mediocre numbers, but more than doable for Gagnon to have a spot in the rotation for next season. Former Texas Ranger, Adrian Sampson, on the other hand hasn’t been good at all. Sampson has posted an ERA of 5.56 and 1.59 WHIP. No matter if it’s the majors, KBO, or CPBL, those aren’t good numbers.
Sampson has just been kind of going through the motions recently and it shows. He’s allowed 10 earned runs in his previous two starts across 9.2 innings of play for Sampson. The Tigers have taken advantage of Sampson through 4.1 innings for a 12.46 ERA and 2.77 WHIP. Sampson conceded 3 walks, 9 hits, and 6 earned runs in his time on the bump against the Tigers.
While Sampson has allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts, Gagnon hasn’t exactly been hot either recently. Gagnon has conceded 11 earned runs in his last three outings through 16.2 innings. I think the total is low enough here for us to consider a play on the OVER between the Kia Tigers and Lotte Giants in the regular season finale.