After a 5-1 run in the KBO, yesterday wasn’t as kind on the diamond in South Korea. The Doosan Bears and Hanwha Eagles were washed out with the Bears, while the Dinos got blasted, and the Twins blew a 6-3 lead. I liked the Samsung Lions in the first game of the doubleheader, but it was an early start and I wasn’t able to get an article out. The Lions lost the second game against the KT Wiz.
With the split on Saturday, the Wiz and Lions will play the rubber-match Sunday. Both of these teams have been on a similar path in 2020. They’ve been hot and cold without much consistency. As far as the Wiz are concerned, their pitching staff has to be much better if they are going to go on a run.
The Wiz head into Sunday with a record of 13-21 for a small advantage on the SK Wyverns by 2 games. The Eagles are well back of everyone, as they continue to flush their season down the toilet in June. The rain saved them from delaying yet another loss on Saturday. Conversely, the Lions are flirting with a record of .500, as they enter Sunday at 14-16. The Lions are 2.5 games back of the Lotte Giants for sixth in the KBO.
I think the Lions can easily bypass the Giants. The Giants might be the biggest wildcard in the league. However, it’s going to be tough getting into the same territory with the KIA Tigers and Kiwoom Heroes. The Heroes might be the biggest sleeper in the league. I’ve been saying that for over a week now, and unfortunately didn’t take my own advice the last two days at NC Park.
The Lions are the opposite of the Wiz. They have some solid pitching, but need a better bat here and there. An extra couple of power hitters would make the Lions a very dangerous team. They don’t really have that right now, and have to rely on their pitching, which can be really good at times. The Lions were a 60-83-1 team last season and I think can build on that, but don’t expect a lot more. We’ll see what they have on tap for Sunday. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. Samsung Lions pick for June 14, 2020 in the KBO.
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KT Wiz vs. Samsung Lions Prediction:
The KT Wiz will send out So Hyeong-jun in an attempt to give his numbers a boost in the right direction. So has been inconsistent, and is looking to string some quality outings together. He heads into Sunday with an ERA of 5.35 and 1.40 WHIP. That’s because of up and down play by So. He allowed 13 earned runs between two matchups against the Eagles and Tigers.
So is coming off a below average performance versus the Tigers as well. He gave up 3 earned runs in 5 innings for a 5.40 ERA. But So had a standout outing before that game, with no runs allowed across 7 innings versus a dangerous Bears’ offense. Discovering some consistency would do him well.
Won Tae-in is in his second season with the Lions and has been effective. Won posted an ERA of 4.82 and 1.41 WHIP as a rookie in the KBO last season. That’s not bad at all for a 19-year-old fresh out of high school going into the KBO. Won appears ready to make a leap as a sophomore. He owns a 2.68 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in seven appearances in 2020.
In 19 innings pitched for Won, he allowed just 2 earned runs across his previous three tilts. Note that Won has given up more than 2 earned runs in only one start this season. I’m leaning on Won to have the edge over So and be the difference maker on Sunday at Samsung Lions Park.