The LG Twins and Lotte Giants will square off one more time in this weekday series at Sajik Baseball Stadium. Dan Straily got the party started off nicely for the Giants at home on Tuesday. He was sharp in a 5-0 win for the Giants. We were on the Giants in that game, so it was a nice day. Straily at an affordable price is always a solid option in the KBO. If you’ve just been tailing Straily since the start of the KBO you’d be plenty up by now. I’ve backed Straily in several games now. I got in on Straily early and often this season. After Straily, though, the Giants don’t have too many effective arms in their rotation.
That’s essentially the problem for the Giants. Their rotation doesn’t have the depth to consistently threaten. They have Straily, but the front office must do some work and attract some arms to support Straily. The Giants are in a much better place than they were this time last season, so I’d say they are heading in the right direction, though. They went 48-93-3 in 2019, which was good for dead last in the league. It doesn’t look like the Giants are going to finish last, and won’t be next to last either. The SK Wyverns and Hanwha Eagles are busy battling it out for that spot.
The LG Twins are a mid-tier team that are going to be competing for a playoff spot. I don’t believe they have the talent to get up there with the Dinos, Heroes, and Bears, though strong enough to squeak into the postseason and maybe pull off an upset. The Twins looked great yesterday, with a 9-3 win over the Giants and Adrian Sampson. Sampson was supposed to make a splash after an okay career in the major leagues, but it looks like his arm is dead. The intention was good by the Giants to sign Sampson. He’s been a disaster for the Giants, though.
The Giants will turn to Jang won-sam on Thursday. Jang has been all over the place and a bit of a disaster for the Giants as well. Expectations weren’t as high on Jang as Sampson, though, and he’s only made three appearances. He’s a 37-year-old veteran who has been in the KBO since 2006. His arm has looked dead as well. Jung Chang-heon has been in good form, and is expected to counter for the Twins. Head below for our free LG Twins vs. Lotte Giants pick for July 16, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Twins pounded the Giants yesterday and are looking for another big performance with Jung Chan-heon on the hill. Jung has been strong this season. After notching a 1.64 ERA and 1.55 WHIP as a reliever last year, the 30-year-old veteran was promoted to the starting rotation in 2020. Jung has posted a 2.62 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in seven starts across 44.2 innings of work. He’s surrendered just 13 earned runs in that span. After giving up 3 earned runs versus the Hanwha Eagles on May 27, Jung hasn’t conceded more than 2 earned runs in four straight outings.
Jung has looked comfortable as a starting pitcher. It’s unlikely that he’s going anywhere from the rotation. He’s on pace for the best season of his career. Jung is expected to get plenty of run support on Thursday. Tyler Wilson got 9 runs of support yesterday, and Jung is likely going to get some help as well from the offense. Jang Won-sam can’t seem to get on track. It’s been a while since he’s been on track. He had a 6.16 ERA and 7.98 ERA the past two years. Jang is on the same path this season. In three starts, Jang has notched an ERA of 7.20 and 1.60 WHIP in 15 innings. In 15 innings Jang has given up 15 runs and 20 hits. I’m with the Twins to have another big day against the Giants on Thursday.