The Hanwha Eagles will look to build on a rare two-game winning streak and add three wins straight on Saturday. Getting repeatedly KO’d, the Eagles have been showing some fight recently. It started with a 4-3 win over the Dinos. The Eagles lost three in a row after that win against the Dinos last week, but it showed that the Eagles can still compete.
They played a competitive game against the Lions three games ago to lose by a run in the 9th inning. With the Eagles up by a run in the final half inning, the Lions erased the deficit and stole a win with a walk-off. Credit the Eagles for coming back strong for a 9-2 win the following day. It was an unexpected effort by the 12-34 Eagles. Unexpected but greatly welcome for Eagles’ fans.
Despite the Eagles getting things back on track, they have a mountain to climb if they’re getting back to a respectable level as a mid-tier club in 2020. This is the same team that won 18 straight games, so if you’re new to the KBO and just started watching the Eagles, don’t get their two straight wins twisted.
The Eagles still have a lot to prove before they get some trust back. They will likely continue to go up and down throughout the season. Don’t expect them to turn things around and go on a double-digit winning streak or anything. In a lengthy baseball season, even the worst teams will win games against the best. Consistency will likely continue to be a problem for the Eagles.
The KT Wiz had a letdown spot in their series opener against the Eagles on Friday. They were coming off a blowout win over the Dinos on Thursday, and didn’t have anything in the tank for the next day. Following a 19-6 win over the Dinos, they regressed for a 7-4 loss yesterday. That can happen after a big win sometimes. Too much confidence isn’t good on occasion.
They don’t want to be the team to have the dubious honor of being the team to lose two straight games against the Eagles. I’m sure they’ll be a better focused unit on Saturday. The Wiz will be dependent on William Cuevas on the bump. Cuevas has been performing below expectations after he had a fairly nice season as a KBO rookie in 2019. Kim Min-woo hasn’t been searching for something to click since entering the KBO in 2015. The Eagles will give him the nod on Saturday against Cuevas. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. Hanwha Eagles pick for June 27, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Eagles’ offense decided to make an appearance the last two games, as they scored 16 runs against the Lions and Wiz. It’s been a struggle for them to get their offense going, and considering how bad their pitching staff is, I think it’s a requirement that their bats get hot. Otherwise, they’ll be stuck in another long losing streak. Kim Min-woo hasn’t helped the Eagles out much.
He’s struggled throughout his career. He owns a 6.66 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 92 games in his six-year career. He was right on that track with a 6.75 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 2019. There has been a minor uptick for Kim this season, but nothing to get excited over. Kim has a 5.36 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in eight outings.
Kim has been getting knocked around since late May. He has allowed 18 earned runs in his previous 16.1 innings, which dates back to a May 29 start against the SK Wyverns. The Wiz can hit and should be able to do it today against Kim. They’re third in the KBO with a team batting average of .292 and 5.7 runs per game. This should be an opportunity for the Wiz to get their offense in motion on the road.
William Cuevas was not strong in his first outing against the Eagles this season. He allowed 4 earned runs in 6.1 innings for a 5.68 ERA. Overall, Kim has notched a 5.05 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in six starts. The former member of the Boston Red Sox, Cuevas, has not been good on the road. He has a 5.67 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in three road starts. I’d side with the OVER in a game that should see a bunch on the board.