The Kiwoom Heroes and Hanwha Eagles meet for the final time in their current series. The Heroes are looking for another comfortable win over the Eagles, while the Eagles hope to push back to avoid a sweep on Thursday. The Heroes are coming off wins of 15-3 and 6-2 against the Eagles on Tuesday and Wednesday. They’ve won four of their previous five games, including two wins over the KT Wiz.
A nice run by a team that is better than their record indicates. They’re a better club than what we were watching for a week or so earlier in the season. There are a few teams in the KBO that didn’t get off right in the first two weeks, but are beginning to turn a corner. I’d say that’s true for the Heroes who are looking a lot better.
The Heroes opened the 2020 campaign with a record of 5-1. However, that was quickly thrown away as the Heroes lost four straight outings. They also suffered a sweep against the NC Dinos from May 26 to May 28. There’s nothing wrong with losing against a team like the Dinos, but the Heroes are a team with the talent that can compete against them.
They head into Thursday with a record of 14-12, as they aim to get back to the Korean Series. The Heroes were swept by the Doosan Bears in four games to lose the Korean Series last season. That wasn’t how the Heroes wanted their season to end, and I don’t believe a record of 14-12 to open 2020 is what they were looking for. In any event, a 5.5-game deficit this early in the season isn’t much to overcome.
The Heroes will look for the sweep against the last place Eagles. The Eagles need to get on their horse and get going soon or they’re going to fall too far behind. They enter Thursday with a record of 7-19. Hanwha are on a lengthy ten-game losing streak which goes back to a loss against the NC Dinos on May 23.
The Eagles will attempt to stop the bleeding with Kim Min-woo who has been one of the better options in their rotation. With Eric Jokisch countering for the Heroes, Kim might need to be close to perfect, though. Head below for our free Kiwoom Heroes vs. Hanwha Eagles pick for June 4, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Heroes have loved what they’ve seen out of Jokisch in 2020. The second-year pitcher in the KBO has been on fire to start this season. After a promising debut in the KBO a season ago, where he posted a 3.13 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, Jokisch appears ready to take his game to the next level. He owns a 0.90 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in five outings this season. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in three of those performances.
Against the KT Wiz in his latest performance, Jokisch didn’t allow an earned run and just 5 hits across 7 innings. The Wiz are first in the league with a .308 batting average, so it is fairly impressive. The most impressive feat for Jokisch has been his ability to limit the long ball. Going into Thursday, Jokisch has not allowed a home run so far this season.
Kim Min-woo has been pitching well for the Eagles this season, but he’s been inconsistent throughout his six-year career. Kim owns an ERA of 6.57 and 1.69 WHIP throughout 89 games. He posted an ERA of 6.75 and 1.62 WHIP in 2019 and 6.52 ERA and 1.75 WHIP the year before. Kim is looking for his best season in the KBO.
It’s not going to be hard to beat. He has been solid so far this season. In five appearances, Kim has posted a 3.90 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. I don’t know how long Kim can keep that up, and even if he pitches like that today, it’s unlikely that he can outduel Jokisch in this matchup. I’m on the Heroes to get things done on the road again and leave Life Eagles Park with a sweep.