The KT Wiz and SK Wyverns will set up at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon for a three-game series this week. If you’re new to the KBO, a three-game series is the typical length of a series in this league. You should also know that the Wiz and Wyverns are fighting in the basement of the KBO. As deep down as the Hanwha Eagles?
No. But the Wiz are 13 games back of the NC Dinos for the lead in the KBO, while the Wyverns are 14 games back. The Wiz head into Tuesday with a record of 13-22, while the Wyverns are a game behind at 12-23. For the Wiz, their issue has been their pitching. They’ve been all over the place when it comes to their starters and relievers.
If the Wiz could find some consistency from their pitching staff, 2020 would look a whole lot better than a record of 13-22. As their pitching is in its current state, don’t bet on the Wiz making some miraculous comeback. They are likely going to continue to have flare ups and get hammered at the plate. On the opposite side, though, the Wiz offense has been fairly effective and would have a solid team if their pitching came around at some point.
I don’t believe it’s an easy fix for the Wiz, so it’s unlikely to happen in 2020. The Wiz are coming off a bad loss against the Samsung Lions. They were blown out by a score of 12-0 in a rather disheartening performance by the Wiz. Not going to complain about that, though, because we were on the Lions in that contest.
They lost two of three games in that series against the Lions on the road. It isn’t time for the Wiz to come home just yet. They’ll host the Lotte Giants on the weekend, but before we get there, the Wiz have back-to-back series on the road. The Wyverns avoided getting swept on Sunday, with a 4-3 win over the KIA Tigers.
Nice performance by the Wyverns, and they were competitive in the other games as well. While the Wiz have struggled on the mound, the Wyverns have struggled at the plate with their offense. They get a fairly favorable matchup against Kim Min-soo of the Wiz on Tuesday. Kim has been off the mark and contributed to the Wiz’s overall problems on the pitching staff. Ricardo Pinto is scheduled to counter for the Wyverns. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. SK Wyverns pick for the KBO on June 16, 2020.
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The Wiz will send out Kim Min-woo, as he looks for a positive outing against the Wyverns on the road. He’s made nine appearances out of the bullpen, and two starts in 2020. The Wiz’s depth in the pitching staff is getting hit hard, so they’re down to relying on members of their bullpen. And Kim hasn’t been a good arm out of the bullpen, either. Kim owns a 9.98 ERA and 2.35 WHIP in 15.1 innings of work. In his two starts, Kim allowed 6 earned runs and 11 hits in 8.1 innings. As a reliever, he gave up runs in six out of nine outings. That’s not good and he was rewarded for it with a trip to the bump as a starting pitcher.
This is the fifth season for Kim pitching in the KBO. He posted ERA’s of 5.79, 6.75, 9.00, and 4.96 in his previous four seasons. In other words, his struggles in 2020 aren’t much of a surprise. Pitching badly is nothing new for Kim. Ricardo Pinto, who will get the nod for the Wyverns, has been able to settle in nicely, though. The former major leaguer was pitching poorly out of the gate as a rookie in the KBO, but he’s been feeling it recently.
Pinto has gotten his ERA down to 3.76 after getting slaughtered for 11 earned runs in his first three games. He’s allowed 6 earned runs in 25 innings since then. In his previous two starts, Pinto gave up just 1 earned run in each performance against the Lions and Twins. It took Pinto a minute to get comfortable in South Korea, but he’s pitching like the guy the Wyverns expected when they signed him now. I feel comfortable backing Pinto at home over the Wiz on Tuesday.