The KT Wiz and LG Twins meet at Jamsil Baseball Stadium for the series finale. The Twins edged out the Wiz by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday in extra innings. It was a tight game that could have gone either way. The Twins outlasted the Wiz with a run in the bottom of the 11th for the win.
The bats woke up for the Wiz the following day, as they belted the Twins for a 11-5 win on Wednesday. The Wiz got started early with 3 runs in the top of the 1st and then scored another 3 runs in the 5th inning, which was enough to beat the Twins. They added 5 more runs to get by with a 11-5 victory.
The Wiz have one of the more dangerous offenses that you are going to find in the KBO. However, they’ve been held back by an inconsistent pitching staff. You never really know what you’re going to get out of the Wiz on the bump. That’s mainly why the Wiz are looking at a record of 22-27.
The Wyverns and Eagles are the only teams in the KBO who are behind the Wiz. If they had some better consistency from their pitching staff, the Wiz would be a serious contender. That certainly isn’t the case, though, as the Wiz need to work out their pitching issues before taking that step forward.
In any event, the Wiz have only been around since 2015 and have room to grow. Last season was the first campaign that the Wiz finished with at least 60 wins. They got all the way up to over 70 wins with a record of 71-71-2. That is something to build on, but you can’t expect an instant champion right away. The good news for the Wiz is that they’ve shown the ability to put up runs.
The Twins head into Thursday with a record of 28-21. They’re the best team out of the mid-tier clubs. The Twins are behind the Heroes, Dinos, and Bears, but still a solid team that has the potential to do damage in the postseason. The Twins will opt for Casey Kelly on the bump Thursday. Kelly has been a disappointment for the Twins in 2020. 22-year-old Jo Byung-wook is expected to get the nod for the Wiz. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. LG Twins pick for July 2, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Wiz will lean on Jo Byung-wook on Thursday. He has a solid enough arm, but Jo is a rookie with only one start to his name. Jo has made three appearances in games, two of which were out of the bullpen as a reliever. He was solid in his last outing against the Hanwha Eagles, with 1 earned run allowed in 5.1 innings out of the bullpen.
But, that was against the lowly Eagles’ offense, and he was shaky in his only start this season. Jo posted an ERA of 5.06 and 1.50 WHIP against an equally bad offense on June 17. He allowed 3 earned runs and 6 hits in 5.1 innings. Overall, Jo has a 3.55 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. I’d be surprised if his numbers hold that strong after he gets more work under his belt against tougher opponents, though.
There was a lot of expectation for the Twins’ Casey Kelly this season. He was sharp as a KBO rookie in 2019, with an ERA of 2.55 and 1.14 WHIP in 29 starts. The Twins planned on seeing more of the same from him in 2020. However, Kelly heads into Thursday with a 5.12 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. In his previous three outings, he’s allowed 11 earned runs in 19 innings of play.
In five starts, Kelly has yielded at least 4 earned runs out of nine performances. His first date against the Wiz this season didn’t go overly well. The Wiz scored 4 runs on Kelly for a 6.00 ERA back on May 22. As a team, the Wiz are second in the KBO with a batting average of .293. The total should probably be at 10 or 10.5 instead of 9.5. The OVER looks like the right move between the Wiz and Twins on Thursday.