The KT Wiz and Hanwha Eagles have a meeting on Thursday at Daejeon Baseball Stadium for the first of two games. This is it for the Wiz and Eagles. The regular season will be done for the Wiz and Eagles following these contests in Daejeon. For the Eagles, their season is done completely. There will be no playing in November in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Wiz will be going to the postseason in search of their first Korean Series championship.
This will be the first time in the Wiz’s five-year history that they’ll be going to the postseason. That’s an accomplishment in its own right for this young club. They haven’t been around for a long time. There have been a couple of changes in the KBO this season. The Dinos, a relatively new club as well, won their first KBO regular season title in 2020. There could be a changing of the guard and a power shift in South Korea.
The Wiz head into Thursday with a record of 80-61-1. That puts them in a tie with the LG Twins for the second seed. Most teams now don’t have much to play for, but the Wiz are still in a battle. They aren’t catching the Dinos, who have officially clinched the top spot, so it’s all about bypassing the Twins and holding off the Kiwoom Heroes and Doosan Bears.
The Hanwha Eagles helped the Wiz out yesterday. They came out on top in a come from behind effort against the LG Twins. That was a 7-6 win for the Eagles over the Wiz in extras. Down in the gutter of the KBO, the 45-94-3 Eagles come to life when they want to. Last night was one of those nights, at least at the dish, where the offense enjoyed a nice evening at the office. The Wiz were pulling for the Eagles yesterday, and now they’ll quickly look to beat them on Thursday.
The Wiz are expected to give Hyeong-jun So the starting nod in this one, while the Eagles will see what Dong-wook Oh can provide in this one. The Eagles can swing away with nothing to worry about. With the first overall pick in the upcoming draft in their grasp, they don’t have to worry about ruining that. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. Hanwha Eagles pick for October 29, 2020.
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First and foremost, the Wiz want to be healthy for November. They also want to grab that second seed and go into the postseason with some momentum. Two losses against the lowly Hanwha Eagles would not be a good way of doing that. Hyeong-jun So has been a consistent hurler for the Wiz in 2020. He’s recorded an ERA of 4.04 and 1.43 WHIP. Nothing flashy, but certainly more than acceptable for a 19-year-old rookie in the KBO.
So likely has a nice future ahead of him and a potential ace for the Wiz. He’s made his last two appearances out of the bullpen as a reliever and handled it well against the Doosan Bears and Lotte Giant. So conceded 4 hits and 1 earned run through 2.1 innings on the bump. The main complaint for So going into this one is his history against the Eagles. The Eagles have tattooed So for a 9.42 ERA and record of 1-2. They’ve scored 15 earned runs against So in 14.1 innings. So has been strong about just every other KBO team, but the Eagles have had his number.
The Wiz should be able to get out of this game with some success regardless. If So gets hit hard, we should expect to see the Wiz offense respond against 19-year-old Dong-wook Oh. The rookie has made three starts after getting called up in August. It hasn’t been the start that Oh was dreaming of. He goes into this one with an ERA of 14.29 and 3.35 WHIP through 5.2 innings. Oh has been pulled early in all three of his outings. All things considered, you have to like the OVER at 8.5, which looks too low for this spot.