The Kiwoom Heroes and LG Twins are set for what should be an entertaining series to begin the week. The Heroes and Twins are fairly similar teams with an equal opportunity to win the Korean Series. They’re closely watching the Doosan Bears and NC Dinos who are both ahead at the moment. The Heroes head into Tuesday with a record of 25-17, while the Twins are 25-16 on the season. That gives the Twins a half game advantage on the Heroes for the third spot in the KBO.
It was an uneventful weekend for the Twins on the road, as the Doosan Bears swept them in dominant fashion.The Bears won 18-10, 8-2, and 3-1 for three in a row over the Twins. Their bullpen was absolutely gassed in the series opener and got smacked for 18 runs in a 18-10 loss. The offense showed up to play, but the pitching staff decided to take the day off. It was the same story the next day for the pitching, but the offense didn’t bother to hit.
While their pitching did finally pick it up on Sunday, with a solid performance by Lee Min-ho. He allowed 2 earned runs in 5 innings of work, but received no run support from the offense. The Doosan Bears felt a bit cool going into that series, so it was a great way for them to get out of the slump. Now, the Twins find themselves in slight slump, as the Bears passed it onto the Twins.
Meanwhile, the Kiwoom Heroes are 25-17 following a sweep of the SK Wyverns at home. That’s to be expected against an inferior opponent, with the Heroes winning 2-1, 9-3, and 7-2. Including two wins over the Lotte Giants prior to that series, the Heroes are in good form with five straight wins. The Heroes are a sneaky good team that can beat anyone in the KBO. The Dinos aren’t an unbeatable juggernaut.
The Heroes finished 86-57-1 last season and lost in the Korean Series against the Bears. While the Bears and Dinos got most of the attention from American viewers, the Heroes just went to the championship and have plenty of talent on their roster. The Heroes will go with Choi Won-tae on the bump Monday. Rookie Kim Yun-sik counters for the Twins. Head below for our free Kiwoom Heroes vs. LG Twins pick for June 23, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Twins are expecting big things out of Kim Yun-sik. They spent the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 draft on Kim, so he’s going to have to perform well to live up to that selection. That said, it took Koo Chang-mo a few years to figure things out and he’s rolling now. There is going to be a learning curve for Kim as he progressed throughout his rookie campaign. He likely will eventually turn into a valuable contributor, but right now Kim has the training wheels on.
This will be the first start of his career after eight appearances out of the bullpen. He has struggled as a reliever, with an ERA of 7.56 and 1.44 WHIP in 8.1 innings. Kim has been touched up for 7 earned runs and 11 hits, including 3 earned runs allowed in his most recent outing on May 30. He will eventually develop, but Twins’ fans may have to be patient with the 20-year-old.
Choi has been serviceable for the Heroes this season, with a 4.34 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in eight starts. Nothing wrong with at all, but he has struggled on the road this season. He has a 5.30 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in three starts away from home. In his most recent performance on the road, Choi was tagged for 6 earned runs in 5 innings against the Samsung Lions.
He was unable to keep the ball down and paid for it with 3 home runs against. Choi has allowed 6 home runs in his last four games, and 9 earned runs in his last 11.2 innings of work. I expect the Twins to wake up now that they’re back at home. They had a tough series over the weekend, and should wake up after a lackluster performance versus the Bears. I like the Heroes, but this is one of those spots where the Twins might respond following no effort in recent games. The Twins can hit. They’re .293 at the dish for third in the KBO. The safer play is likely on the OVER.