The Kiwoom Heroes and KT Wiz get a three-game series started on Friday at Suwon KT Wiz Park in Suwon. The Heroes stormed back to erase a 7-2 deficit to win 10-7 on Thursday at home. Pitiful pitching by the Bears allowed the Heroes to make a quick comeback. They scored 5 runs from the 4th to 5th inning, and then scored 3 in the 7th to take the lead for good. With the win, the Heroes took two of three games off the Bears.
The Heroes are gunning hard for the NC Dinos and may catch them by the end of July. They have a 2.5-game lead on the Bears and 3 behind the Dinos. A 3-game disadvantage doesn’t sound great, but consider where the Heroes were a couple of weeks ago. They got really hot to cut into the Dinos’ lead and pass the Bears and Twins.
Since June 17, the Heroes have gone 12-2. They took a loss against the Bears in their most recent series, and then had a 8-6 loss against the KIA Tigers last week. Other than those two losses, the Heroes have been hot and the rest of the KBO must take notice. The Heroes know they have a good team that can get back to the Korean Series, and that’s why they swung for the fences with Yasiel Puig.
Puig passed up on the Heroes’ offer, but they kept on plugging away on bringing a former all-star to the KBO. Addison Russell, who has been completely ignored by Major League Baseball, was the Plan B option for the Heroes. With no other options, Russell did sign a deal with the Heroes. We haven’t seen him in the lineup yet, but Russell is probably going to help out greatly for later on this season.
The Heroes have done well with signing imports in the past. Their best in recent memory has to be pitcher Eric Jokisch. The former Chicago Cub has been thriving in the KBO. In his limited time with the Cubs, Jokisch pitched well but couldn’t stay healthy. If he continues on this path, a major league team might give Jokisch’s agent a ring. Jokisch will get the nod on Friday against Odrisamer Despaigne, who is a former major leaguer as well. Head below for our free Kiwoom Heroes vs. KT Wiz pick for July 3, 2020 in the KBO.
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Eric Jokisch helped get the Heroes to the Korean Series last season, and he might be ready to get them a championship in 2020. As a rookie last year, Jokisch was strong with a 3.13 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Now with a season of experience in the KBO, he is carving up the competition on the bump. Jokisch owns a 1.42 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in ten starts this season. I’ve been able to take advantage of his hot hand several times this season.
Fortunately, I noticed early that Jokisch was tearing up hitters and jumped on it. In ten outings, Jokisch has allowed more than 2 earned runs just once, which was on June 4 against the Hanwha Eagles. Jokisch is coming off a flawless performance against the Tigers, as he held them to 1 hit and no runs across 8 innings of work. He exited the game with a 0.25 WHIP. That’s exceptional work for Jokisch, who has looked too good to be playing in the KBO.
Odrisamer Despaine has allowed 4 earned runs in each of his last two outings. He’s allowed 8 earned runs in his previous 12 innings of work. A bad Eagles’ offense was able to hit Despaine for a 6.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in his latest outing on June 28. Also note that Despaine has yielded at least 4 earned runs in five of his most recent six starts. Overall, the KBO rookie has notched an ERA of 4.64 and 1.35 WHIP. He’s unlikely to keep up with the arm of Jokisch on Friday. Look for Jokisch to keep things rolling and lead the Heroes to another win on Friday.