The KT Wiz Suwon and Kiwoom Heroes meet for the first game of a three-game series this weekend. The Wiz are coming off a tight win over the KIA Tigers on Thursday. All they needed was 1 inning to get the win. If the Tigers held in the bottom of the 4th then they would likely win that game. That they didn’t, though, as the Wiz scored 5 runs to take a 6-3 lead.
The Wiz didn’t score in another inning, but they didn’t need it. The Tigers made it interesting with 2 runs in the top of the 5th, though that’s the only runs that would be scored. Good win for the Wiz, as they got out with a narrow victory of 6-5. The Wiz advanced to 9-11 on the season with the win. There is still a lot of work for them to do with just 9 wins on their resume thus far. They have a big uphill battle to catch the likes of the Bears, Dinos, and Twins.
The Wiz are likely destined to be an average club in 2020 that hover around the middle of the standings. That sounds like a bad thing, but I’d say it’s pretty good considering where this team was last season and how young the franchise is. The Wiz just started playing ball in 2015, and recorded more than 60 wins for the first time in their history. They went 71-71-2 and improving on that would be considered success in 2020.
Their pitching was much better last season as a team. They got their team ERA below 5.00, which obviously led to much better results in the standings. Suwon has a baseball team that they can feel proud about now. It’s likely they only go up from here after the year they had in 2019. The Wiz head on the road to the Gocheok Sky Dome for a meeting with the Kiwoom Heroes in Geocheok-dong.
The Heroes are coming off a terrific season, as they were strong with a record of 86-57-1. They beat the LG Twins and SK Wyverns in the first two rounds, and then were swept by the Doosan Bears in the Korean Series. Between the Twins and Wyverns, the Heroes only lost a game. They ran out of gas against the Bears in the Korean Series, though. They head into Friday with a record of 10-11 following a 9-6 loss against the NC Dinos yesterday. The Heroes are back home for the first time in a week. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. Kiwoom Heroes pick for May 29, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Heroes will send out Eric Jokisch who has been on fire to open his sophomore campaign in the KBO. Jokisch looked comfortable right away as a KBO rookie in 2019. He posted an ERA of 3.13 and 1.13 WHIP in 30 starts. His success in South Korea has carried over into 2020, as Jokisch has started hot with a 1.17 WHIP and 0.87 WHIP in three starts.
In his previous three outings at home, dating back to last season, Jokisch hasn’t allowed more than a run. He’s gone 20 innings with just 1 earned run allowed. Jokisch is red-hot and the Wiz are probably not going to be the team to cool him off. Having said that, the Wiz have been hot at the plate. However, I’ll take the hot pitcher at home over the hot offense in this spot.The Heroes should be able to handle Wiz starter Kim Min.
While Jokisch has been pitching extremely well, it hasn’t been the case for Kim. He heads into Friday with an ERA of 6.32 and 1.72 WHIP in three outings. Kim is in his third season in the KBO, and the 21-year-old is still trying to get comfortable. He recorded a 5.06 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 2018 and 4.96 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 2019.
In his last trip on the road against the Heroes, Kim was hammered for 9 hits and 4 earned runs in 6 innings. He left the game with a 6.00 ERA and 1.83 WHIP. That likely won’t work with Jokisch on the bump for the Heroes. I’m on the Heroes to bypass the Wiz by 2 or more runs at home on Friday.