The KIA Tigers and SK Wyverns meet on Sunday at SK Happy Dream Park for the finale of a three-game series. The Tigers will be looking for a sweep after winning 6-3 and 2-1 on Friday and Saturday. They advanced to 19-16 on the season with those two wins. It’s a step forward for the Tigers, but are trailing the Heroes, Bears, and Dinos in the standings.
I don’t believe the Tigers have the offense to overtake any of these clubs, but we’ll see how things go. The Tigers seem to be a reliable mid-tier team that are good for an upset here and there. They’re a half game ahead of the Lotte Giants for fourth in the KBO.
The Tigers got a big performance from Im Gi-yeong on Saturday. He pitched a gem on the bump, with 3 hits and no earned runs allowed in 6 innings. The only run scored by the Wyverns was in the 8th inning and that was unearned.
So, the Tigers went 9 innings without allowing an earned run on Saturday. They got barely enough offense to make it past the Wyverns for a 2-1 win. The Tigers scored a run in the top of the 8th to make it a 2-0 game, and fortunately the bullpen held tough to prevent a blown save. The LG Twins can’t say the same, as they blew a 6-3 lead yesterday.
The Wyverns are losers in four straight games after losing two against the Twins earlier in the week. They seemed to be getting their season going in the right direction after sputtering early, but their response might be false hope. Considering how they’ve played this season, the Wyverns are probably nothing more than a .500 team in 2020.
Yeah, they’re 11-23 right now, but I think there will be a point they get hot again, but can’t sustain it and hover around the .500 mark. The Wyverns will look to prevent getting swept with Lee Geon-wook on the bump Sunday. After struggling as a rookie and sophomore, the 25-year-old has been settling in this season nicely. Yang Hyun-jong will join him on the other side for the Tigers. Head below for our free KIA Tigers vs. SK Wyverns pick for June 14, 2020 in the KBO.
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Lee Geon-wook looks like a pitcher that worked really hard on his craft in the offseason. After getting drilled for a 27.00 ERA and 33.75 ERA the last two years in three starts, Lee has answered the challenge in 2020 and looks like the pitcher the Wyverns were hoping for when they drafted him in 2014.
Lee has been rock solid, with a 3.78 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in five games this season. He’s on the heels of a terrific performance against the LG Twins on the road, as Lee held them to 1 earned run and 3 hits in 5 innings. It was the second outing in three games that Lee held the opposition to 1 run and 3 hits. He did the same against the Doosan Bears on the road in a very tricky matchup.
Yang looks to counter for the Tigers against the weak Wyverns’ offense. The Wyverns are next to last in the KBO with a batting average of .237 and just 133 runs scored for an average of 3.9 runs per game. Yang, the former No. 1 overall pick from 2007 in the KBO, has kept pace with Lee and has produced similar numbers.
He owns a 3.89 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 37 innings of work. Yang is coming off two brilliant performances against the Giants and Wiz, allowing just 1 earned run in each outing. He posted an ERA of 1.50 against the Giants and 1.80 against the Wiz. In his last trip to play the Wyverns here, Yang was nearly perfect with no earned runs and 4 hits yielded in 6 innings. I’d advise a look at the UNDER in this Sunday matchup between the Tigers and Wyverns.