The LG Twins and Lotte Giants are set to get the first of a three-game series in on Tuesday at Sajik Baseball Stadium. There is around a 35-40% chance of light rain near the start of the game, but according to the forecast, we should be able to get a full game in. The Twins are coming off a 6-6 draw against the NC Dinos on Saturday — yes, a draw.
If you are new to the KBO, then that’s probably not something you are familiar with in baseball. Games are called after the 12th inning if the game is still in a tie. Major League Baseball thought of initiating a tie for a minute, but settled on putting runners on 2nd base to begin the inning. I’ve already gone over how I’m not a fan of the rule, but we’ll get to Major League Baseball later in the month. All systems are a go right now for Opening Day on July 23.
The Lotte Giants are on the heels of a 5-4 win over the Doosan Bears on Saturday. It was an impressive showing for Park Se-woong, as he completed 5 innings with no earned runs credited to him. The Bears scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th, but the Giants were able to hang on for a 5-4 win. Giants’ backers had to sweat that one out. The 9th inning of KBO games can get a bit wild. If you’re on a team and they have a big lead going into the final inning don’t turn away.
The Twins head into Tuesday with a record of 30-27 for fifth in the KBO. Their last win was on Wednesday against Doosan Bears, 8-5. They lost the series finale against the Bears, and then a loss and draw versus the Dinos takes us to today. The Twins are a solid mid-tier team, but breaks will have to go their way to get to the Korean Series. Mid-tier would be a nice step in the right direction for the Giants after finishing dead last in the league in 2019.
Lotte went 48-93-3 last season and for a second early this year, it looked like they might go from worst to best. With a record of 27-29, that’s not in the cards, though steady improvement from the disaster a season ago is good progress. Dan Straily was brought over from the US to pitch for the Giants, which was a solid first step in an attempt to get better. Straily gets the nod against Casey Kelly of the Twins on Tuesday. Head below for our free LG Twins vs. Lotte Giants pick for July 14, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Lotte Giants made the signing of the offseason when they lured Dan Straily to come and play with them. He’s been the ace of the pitching staff, and one of the best pitchers in the KBO throughout 2020. It wasn’t too long ago that Straily was pitching well enough in the major leagues as a mid-tier option.
His last season in the majors was a disaster. That was enough for Straily to get shown the door, and have to go through the KBO door in South Korea. It’s worked out well for Straily thus far, as he has recorded an ERA of 2.29 and 1.03 WHIP.
Straily is coming off a brilliant performance against the Hanwha Eagles, as he shut them out for a 0.00 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in 7 innings. In his only start against the LG Twins, Straily allowed just 2 hits and 1 earned run in 7.1 innings on June 6. He left the game with a 1.23 ERA and 0.55 WHIP.
Casey Kelly will make his second start against the Giants today. His first effort wasn’t good enough, as he posted an ERA of 6.00 and 1.83 WHIP in 6 innings of work. Kelly was tagged for 11 hits and 4 earned runs in that outing on June 14. Since then, he’s been a bit all over the place, with 12 earned runs conceded in 25 innings. There’s been some good spots, but not much consistency to speak of.
Kelly had a strong 2019 with a 2.55 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in his second season of pitching in the KBO. He’s heading in the wrong direction this year. Overall, Kelly has a 4.86 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 11 starts. I feel more comfortable backing Straily in this spot at home. The Giants should be able to ride his arm to a win here.