There are six games on the KBO schedule on Saturday, with a doubleheader planned between the Samsung Lions and Hanwha Eagles in a make up game. The last ten days of the schedule are all dedicated to making up rained out games from earlier in the season. The regular season comes to an end on October 10 and then the postseason will commence.
Game 7 of the World Series is scheduled for October 28, so the entire Major League Baseball season will be done before the KBO regular season is even done. Thanks to South Korea’s handle on the virus, they are going to get a full season in.
The KT Wiz are one of four teams that are fighting for the second seed in the postseason. It appears all top five teams in the standings right now are going to be going to the playoffs, but seeding is far from over. The Kia Tigers are the first team out of the postseason with a record of 68-64-0, while the KT Wiz are the last team in with a record of 74-59-1.
The difference between them and second, currently held by the LG Twins, is just 1.5 games. The Wiz were second just two days ago, and now they have the final postseason seed going into Saturday. The Wiz are coming off a few lousy performances over the last three days.
They dropped two games against the Kiwoom Heroes by a score of 5-3 and 4-0, and then were lifeless in a 7-1 loss on Friday against the SK Wyverns. The Wyverns are next to last ahead of the Hanwha Eagles with a record of 48-87-1, so that was a missed opportunity for the Wiz to beat an inferior opponent.
They have two more chances in this series to get a couple of wins, though. The Wiz have a much better offense than we’ve seen on display recently. It might just take a game for the bats to wake up for the Wiz. When they do heat up, I surely wouldn’t be on the hill trying to slow them down.
The Wyverns are expected to send Geon-wook Lee to the bump for the middle game of this series. He’s struggled against the Wiz in the past, so this could be a spot for them to get going. The Wiz will counter with the consistent Hyeong-jun So on Friday. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. SK Wyverns pick for October 17, 2020.
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The Wyverns are just hoping to pick up some momentum going into next season. This is a team that finished second in the standings a season ago. This drop off for them has been something else. However, perhaps it’s an outlier and the Wyverns return to business in 2021. They will most certainly need better pitching, and acquiring an arm from the majors wouldn’t hurt. Look at what the Lotte Giants did with Dan Straily this season.
Geon-wook Lee has been a liability for the Wyverns in their rotation, but signs of improvement have been present. He boasts an ERA of 5.59 and 1.49 WHIP going into Saturday. At least it’s better than his first two seasons, where he saw limited action in his first and second year in the KBO. Lee posted an ERA of 27.00 and 3.00 WHIP in one appearance in 2016, and then in 2017 a 33.75 ERA and 5.25 WHIP in two appearances.
He was quickly sent back down in both instances. It couldn’t have gotten much worse than that, and Lee is trending in the right direction, but the 25-year-old still has some work left to do in the offseason. The Wiz have hammered Lee in previous matchups.
He owns a 14.04 ERA against the Wiz through 8.1 innings of work this season. Lee was touched up for a total of 13 earned runs and 13 hits. Conversely, Heong-jun So has been sharp against the Wyverns with a 1.02 ERA, though in his last outing against them on September 3, he was getting himself into trouble.
He ended the game with an ERA of 3.60 and 2.00 WHIP through 5 innings. So has conceded at least 2 earned runs in six of his seven starts. The Wyverns’ offense has been hot right now with at least 7 runs scored in four of their last five games. Expect the Wiz bats to wake up against a hurler they’ve had a lot of success against before, so the Wyverns might need that offensive surge to continue in this one. The OVER looks like a solid option here.