The LG Twins and KT Wiz get their three-game series started on Tuesday at KT Wiz Park in Suwon. The Wiz have been one of the more exciting teams to watch this season, but it’s likely not going to translate into a spot in the playoffs. Led by Mel Rojas Jr, the leading hitter in the league, the Wiz have one of the most dangerous offenses in the KBO.
They can turn it on at the drop of a hat, though their pitching has been too inconsistent. That’s not going to get it done. If the Wiz want to take the next step in 2020, they’re going to have to find a legit ace on the market. The next Straily or Jokisch in the KBO would help the Wiz greatly.
I don’t believe the Wiz are that far off from being a serious contender in the KBO. They’ve been average with a record of 31-32 going into today, but just need a little more to get over the hump. In their first five seasons as a franchise, the Wiz have gone 52-91-1, 53-89-2, 50-94-0, 49-82-0, and 71-71-2 last season.
Serious improvements were noted last season, and they continue to show signs of getting better. They seem to be on the same trajectory as last year with a record in the .500 range. However, their offense has seemed to take their game to the next level.
Rojas Jr. has led that charge, with his incredible batting average of .387 and 22 home runs. If the Wiz had one more bat like Rojas Jr. on their team than they’d be an unstoppable offense. However, what’s going to be more important for the Wiz in the offseason is finding another arm for their rotation and bullpen. A lockdown starter and reliever would help this team out tenfold and put them in a position to go to the postseason.
Young 23-year-old Bae Je-seong has shown improvements over the course of this season. He had a small breaking out campaign in 2019 and has held steady this season. Bae is currently in his fourth season as a pro in the KBO. He’s one of the better options in the starting rotation, but the Wiz need more help. Bae gets the nod on Tuesday for the Wiz, while Tyler Wilson is expected to go for the 34-29 LG Twins. Head below for our free LG Twins vs. KT Wiz pick for July 21, 2020 in the KBO.
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The KBO has been too easy for Mel Rojas this season. He is playing like a guy that should be back on a Triple-A club with a potential chance as a spot starter in a major league lineup. If Rojas were five years younger, then this tear he’s on would be taken more seriously. However, as a 30-year-old, his time is running out to appear in a major league game.
He has been a minor league lifer throughout his career and is finally getting some recognition in South Korea. The Wiz as a team are hitting .291 for second in the KBO. They can swing the stick, but their pitching has had problems getting on track on a consistent basis.
Bae Je-seong notched a career-high with a 3.74 ERA in his first season as a full-time starter in 2019. The Wiz had confidence in Bae and he returned the favor with his best season to date. In 2020, Bae has in large part been slightly better than last season. He heads into Tuesday with a 3.60 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 11 starts this year.
Bae has allowed fewer than 3 earned runs in his previous three outings against the Dinos, Twins, and Tigers. Combined between those three performances, Bae notched a 2.50 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. In his most recent outing against the Twins, Bae was sharp with a 1.50 ERA after giving up just 1 run in 6 innings.
Tyler Wilson has been vanilla after a solid sophomore campaign in the KBO. Wilson posted an ERA of 2.92 and 1.16 WHIP in 2019. This was after he was productive as a KBO rookie in 2018, with a 3.07 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He’s been okay this season, but Wilson has regressed with a 4.35 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 12 starts. In his previous five starts, Wilson has conceded at least 3 earned runs in four outings. I think the value lies with the KT Wiz in this spot.