The Hanwha Eagles came back down to earth last night against the KT Wiz. They were smacked around for a 7-2 loss, as the Wiz exploded late against a bad bullpen. Their bullpen had been holding up for the past few days, but the Wiz brought them down a few notches on Saturday. The Wiz scored 4 runs late to take a comfortable lead and not look behind.
They put up 3 runs in the top of the 9th to put a comeback out of reach for the Eagles. The Eagles are getting more attention now as a result of their recent win over the Dinos and two straight wins against the Lions and Wiz in the series opener. Not so fast Eagles’ fans. This is still the same team riddled with holes and depth concerns.
Expect a lot of see-saw results from the Eagles as we delve deeper into the season. They won’t be nearly as bad as the 18-game losing streak indicated, but getting out of the cellar of the KBO is going to be difficult. The Wiz have the SK Wyverns ahead of them by 2.5 games. I think the best-case scenario for the Eagles in 2020 is to beat out the Wyverns for last in the standings. It’s unlikely they do enough to catch up to the Wiz.
The Wiz head into Sunday with a record of 20-26 for a 8.5-game advantage on the Eagles. Barring major injuries to the Wiz, they are likely safe against the Eagles in 2020. If the Wiz could find some consistency from their pitching staff, then they might be able to sneak up on the Lions and Tigers. We didn’t see it yesterday, but the Wiz have been relying heavily on their hitting. They can’t score 7 runs every night, so at some point, the pitching staff must help out if the Wiz want to move forward.
William Cuevas didn’t get off on the right footing for the Wiz last night, as he allowed 2 early runs in the bottom of the 1st. However, that’s the only mistake he made across 6 innings of work, and the bullpen held up with no runs allowed. Odrisamer Despaine, who spent time with the Chicago White Sox last season, will get the nod for the Wiz on Sunday. Chad Bell is scheduled to counter for the Eagles. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. Hanwha Eagles pick for June 28, 2020 in the KBO.
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Odrisamer Despaine made the transition to the KBO this past season after his time ran out in the major leagues in 2019. In his last season in the majors, Despaine posted a 9.45 ERA and 2.32 WHIP in 13.1 innings with the White Sox. That put an end to his MLB career, which started in 2014 with the Padres. Despaine is attempting to find a new life in South Korea playing ball. He’s been able to pitch serviceably in the KBO, but it’s rather clear that he isn’t getting a call from another major league team anytime soon. The 33-year-old owns a 4.50 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
He started off red-hot with 1 earned run or none in four of his first five starts. However, Despaine has surrendered at least 4 earned runs in four of his previous five outings since the hot start. That said, the Eagles may be the perfect opponent for Despaine to get back on track. The Eagles are last in the KBO with a team batting average of .240 and just 3.5 runs scored per game.
They have their moments, but have consistently struggled to find results at the dish. Meanwhile, their pitching staff has been a mess with a team ERA of 5.78. That’s good for last in the league as well. Chad Bell has not helped matters when his number is called. In his second season in the KBO, Bell has struggled mightily with a 7.67 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in six games.
Following a strong debut in 2020, he’s gotten hammered for 23 earned runs in five outings. The Wiz are third in the KBO with a team batting average of .291 and runs scored with 264 in 46 games. I’m going to turn to Despaine here and bank on him responding after a sloppy stretch. He should expect to see plenty of run support against Bell on Sunday as well. The Wiz should be able to get this done by 2 runs or more.