The Kiwoom Heroes kept their nice surge going over the last two weeks with a 5-3 win over the Samsung Lions. They have been winning in a lot of different ways, and I’ve stressed that the Heroes are going to be a tough out this season. The NC Dinos are the clear team to beat right now, but keep tabs on the Heroes.
They can win with their pitching in low-scoring duels, or get into high-scoring back-and-forth matches. The Dinos are fully capable of doing that as well, just like we saw last night against the Doosan Bears. They outlasted the Bears by a score of 12-8, which was an easy winner for us on the OVER.
The Heroes will continue their series against the Samsung Lions on Wednesday. This is the second of a three-game series between the Heroes and Lions. The Heroes have wins in six of their last seven outings. They’ve gotten their record up to 18-13 after a relatively slow start to 2020.
They are just a half game back of the LG Twins for 3rd in the KBO. From what I have watched this season, at least the last two weeks, the Heroes are better than the Twins. Don’t be surprised if they cruise past the Twins soon and this season develops into a three-team race between the Bears, Heroes, and Dinos.
At the moment, it looks like the Dinos and then everybody else. The Dinos are 24-6 with a 5-game lead on the Bears. They can generate an even bigger lead with another win over the Bears on Wednesday. We’ll see if the Heroes can dig into that lead and notch their 19th win on the season today.
They have a good chance of doing it with Eric Jokisch on the bump. He has been flawless for the Heroes, and gets a relatively simple assignment versus the Lions. The Lions will counter with Baek Jung-hyun. He could stand to have a productive outing on Wednesday. Head below for our free Kiwoom Heroes vs. Samsung Lions pick for June 10, 2020 in the KBO.
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Eric Jokisch has been terrific for the Heroes this season. The second-year hurler is really getting comfortable in South Korea, and could very well beat his numbers from last season which were good to begin with. Jokisch posted an ERA of 3.13 and 1.13 WHIP and has been better than that thus far in 2020. There hasn’t been any kinks to talk about for Jokisch this season. He apparently worked very hard in the offseason because he’s been on a terrific path. Jokisch has been perfect with a record of 5-0 in six starts. He owns a 1.49 ERA and 0.94 WHIP going into this start against the Lions.
The Lions are hitting .250 on the season with 4.8 runs scored per game. Inconsistent is a good work to sum up how the Lions have been playing at the dish this season. They’ve been on and off without much of a rhythm so far. Jokisch already nailed the Lions earlier in the season on May 12. He didn’t give up a run and surrendered just 3 hits in 6 innings. He left the game with an ERA of 0.00 and 0.50 WHIP. Jokisch is coming off the worst outing of the season against the Hanwha Eagles. He yielded 3 earned runs in 6.1 innings. Even if Jokisch pitches like that again, the Heroes should be alright in this contest.
Baek Jung-hyun has been off the mark for the Lions in 2020 so far. The 32-year-old veteran heads into today with an ERA of 10.29 and 2.14 WHIP in three starts. Dating back to his first season in 2007, Baek holds a career ERA of 5.02 and 1.52 WHIP. As a full-time starter, Baek’s ERA has always been above 4.00. He’s coming off two brutal performances, allowing 12 earned runs and 19 hits in 8 innings of play. In his last 14 innings, Baek has given up 16 earned runs. He has recorded ERA’s of 8.10, 6.00, 9.00, and 18.00 in his previous four performances. The Heroes should be able to get to Baek in this one. Look for the Heroes to make life miserable for Baek again today. A 2-run run win or more looks doable for the Heroes on Wednesday.