The Kiwoom Heroes and KT Wiz will play the third and final game of their three-game weekend series at KT Wiz Park in Suwon. The Heroes and Wiz split the first two matchups, with the Wiz winning by a score of 3-2 on Friday. Kiwoom was able to respond for a dominant 10-6 performance yesterday.
William Cuevas was the weak link for the Wiz, as he was touched up for 7 hits and 5 earned runs in 6.1 innings. The Heroes were asleep at the plate on Friday against the Wiz, but were in full control yesterday. That Friday game was after a hard-fought series versus the Doosan Bears, so that might have had something to do with their laziness in the first game.
The offense was working for the Heroes as they scored 10 runs on Saturday. Kim Ha-seong and Lee Jung-hoo both recorded 3 RBI’s to lead the way for the Heroes. With the win, the Heroes have advanced to 33-20 on the season. The Heroes hold a 2.5-game advantage over the Doosan Bears for second in the KBO.
There is still plenty of work left to be done to catch the NC Dinos. The Dinos were winners yesterday as well, so they maintain a 3-game lead over the Heroes. NC are still the team to beat despite the Heroes getting closer to them in the last week. It’s worth keeping an eye on the Heroes, though, who have been playing great baseball recently.
Good teams know how to respond after poor showings and that’s what they were able to do on Saturday. At least for the offense, which was dormant on Friday. That wasn’t the case for the Heroes yesterday, as they got into the double digits. The Heroes are expected to give the starting job to Lee Seung-ho on Sunday against Kim Min-soo of the Wiz. Head below for our free Kiwoom Heroes vs. KT Wiz pick for July 5, 2020 in the KBO.
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Kiwoom Heroes vs. KT Wiz Prediction:
The Heroes are well-rounded with the potential to win with their pitching or offense. They are good at adapting to their opponent. Kim Min-soo will start versus the Heroes for the first time in 2020. He faced the Heroes earlier in the season on May 29 out of the bullpen. Kim has split time between the bullpen and rotation. In that one, Kim didn’t last long, and was pulled before any damage could be done.
He exited the contest after pitching just 0.2 innings. Kim loaded the bases up with a 3.00 WHIP, but his teammates managed to help get him out of the jam. Overall on the season, he owns a 5.79 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 14 appearances. Kim is in his fifth season in the KBO, having notched an ERA of 5.40 and 1.62 WHIP across 66 games in his career.
Lee Seung-go was awful in his first outing against the Wiz this season. In fact, it was his worst performance of the season, as Lee yielded 8 earned runs in 2.1 innings on May 31. Despite the poor effort, Lee has settled in since then. He hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs in five straight starts.
Note that two of those games were against two very good offenses, the Bears and Dinos. In his most recent start, Lee held the Bears to 1 earned run and 5 hits in 6 innings of work. That equates to a 1.50 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. After some early season struggles, Lee has been on track. I can see him bouncing back against the Wiz following a shoddy performance in the first go around against them in 2020. He’s in a much better position than he was in May. Expect a tight game with the Heroes pulling away late for the win.