The KT Wiz and Lotte Giants meet for the second game of their three-game series following a 6-4 win for the Giants last night. The Giants have been off track recently, but were able to celebrate for a night. They head into Saturday with a record of 12-15. Depending on how you look at it that can be bad or good.
The way I see it, that’s good for the Giants. However, if you just started following the KBO this season and watched what the Giants did in the first two weeks, you’d probably think that’s bad. The Giants got off to a 6-1 start to the season and looked like championship contenders at that point. Reality kicked in, though, and the Giants regressed hard to bring them back down to earth.
This is a club that went 48-93-3 last season, so I don’t think we should be quick to say that the Giants are having a bad year. Mind you, it’s early and the Giants could quickly revert to their losing ways. The win yesterday was their first win in five games since a 8-3 win over the Bears on May 31. Following what looked like could have been a momentum boost against the Kiwoom Heroes with two wins, the Giants have looked weak.
The KT Wiz lack depth in their starting rotation and only have one or two starting pitchers to rely on. It’s added up to a record of 11-16 despite a dangerous offense at the dish. The Wiz need to get more support from their pitching staff or a solid offensive season is going to go for nothing. Having said that, the Wiz do have one or two quality pitchers at the top of their rotation. Bae Je-seong has been one of those pitchers for the Wiz.
Bae will get a tricky assignment on Saturday with Dan Straily on the other side for the Giants. Straily has been a nice signing for the Giants, and should help them avoid the disaster which was a 48-93-3 season in 2019. The former major leaguer is one of the more recognizable names in the KBO. Straily gets the nod against Bae on Saturday at Sajik Baseball Stadium. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. Lotte Giants pick for June 6, 2020 in the KBO.
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Dan Straily pitched in 156 games in the majors between the Marlins, Orioles, Reds, Astros, Cubs, and Athletics. His best season in the majors was in 2016 with the Reds in 34 games. He posted an ERA of 3.76 and 1.18 WHIP. Even in 2018 Straily was pitching pretty well for the Marlins when he posted a 4.12 ERA. However, Straily fell off the tracks and had nothing to show in 2019.
Straily posted a 9.82 and 1.99 WHIP in 14 outings. I will say that other pitchers in the majors have gotten a lot more time to execute a response before getting cut. Homer Bailey ran well past what looked like his expiration date, for instance. Bailey settled down last season, but he was awful and giving up runs in bunches before getting things together.
I don’t know if Straily has proven yet that he belongs pitching in the majors and not the KBO. However, he’s been pitching well and has made the Giants pretty content with the signing. Straily owns a 2.70 ERA and 1.32 WHIP heading into his seventh start in South Korea. He has allowed 2 or fewer runs in five of six performances this year. Other than an outlier against the KIA Tigers on the road, Straily has been locked in. In two starts at home, Straily has not given up a run in 13.1 innings of work. He silenced the Samsung Lions and the SK Wyverns in those two standout outings.
Bae Je-seong has been strong in his fourth season in the KBO. The 23-year-old is coming off his best after getting the call as a full-time starter in the rotation. He owns a 2.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in five starts this season. The Kiwoom Heroes roughed him up in his most recent performance, but has been flawless in four outings. He held the Giants to 2 earned runs in his first start of 2020 at home. There appears to be some value on the UNDER in this KBO matchup on Saturday afternoon in South Korea.