After ending a record-tying 18-game losing streak, the Eagles broke out for two wins in two days against the Doosan Bears, they reverted back to their losing ways with a 9-5 loss on Tuesday. The Eagles took advantage of a Bears team that didn’t come to play, but the Twins were having none of it yesterday.
The Twins didn’t take their opponent lightly, as they got to Jang Min-jae for 9 hits and 7 earned runs in 4.2 innings. The bleeding stopped after Jang left the game, but the damage was already done. The Eagles scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th and 2 in the bottom of the 9th, though the game was already out of reach.
So, it was another loss for the Eagles, as they slipped to 9-28 on the season. They are by far the worst team in the KBO, at least according to the standings. I think they fail the eye test as well. They’re 3.5 games back of the SK Wyverns for second-last in the league. The Eagles might be stuck in last for the duration of the regular season, but they’ll wake up here and there like they did against the Bears over the weekend.
They have another tough matchup on Wednesday against the 23-13 Twins. The Twins are hanging tough near the top of the standings, and have now bypassed the Bears.The Twins own a 2-game advantage on the Bears, and 3 games behind the NC Dinos. I’m not so sure the Twins have it in them to win a championship this season, but they’ll likely make things interesting. The Bears aren’t going anywhere, and the Heroes are still a good team despite a poor showing on Tuesday.
The Twins were a 81-67-1 team last season, with a 3-1 loss in the semi-final against the Heroes. They beat the Dinos in the play-in wildcard game against the Dinos, and then fell in the next round. I could see the same thing happening in 2020. A series short of going to the Korean Series sounds about right. The Twins will give the nod to Lim Chan-gyu as their starter on Wednesday, while the Eagles are expected to send out Chad Bell, who has been struggling mightily recently. Head below for our free LG Twins vs. Hanwha Eagles pick for June 17, 2020 in the KBO.
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Chad Bell needs a big bounce-back performance on Wednesday. He has been getting hammered and may not get any relief against the Twins today. Bell has allowed 15 earned runs in his previous three starts. That’s across 12 innings of work. He has a 8.80 ERA and 2.02 WHIP on the season.
In his last two outings, Bell posted an ERA of 15.75 and 8.31 versus the Dinos and Bears. On the positive side for Bell, he took care of the Twins in his first start of 2020. In fact, that’s the only game that Bell has looked good in this season. He’s appeared in four games and handled the Twins. The Twins notched just 2 hits and no runs in 3.1 innings against Bell.
Keep in mind that Bell was coming off an injury, so they were cautious with giving him too much work. However, it seems that he might have re-aggravated something, because he has looked totally different in his last three performances. Bell hasn’t pitched more than 4.1 innings this season, so expected a lot of a bad Eagles’ bullpen on Wednesday. That should allow the Twins to have another great day offensively at the dish.
The best sign for the Eagles lately has been their offense is showing signs of life. They’ve scored 15 runs in their last three outings. Lim Chan-gyu is hittable as well. Lim has a 5.24 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in six games this season. That’s about normal for him, as he notched an ERA of 4.63, 5.77, and 4.97 the last three years. In his nine-year career, Kim has posted a 5.10 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. The OVER should be within reach on Wednesday at Life Eagles Park.