The greatest rivalry in electronics will settle their score on the field again, as the LG Twins and Samsung Lions play the final match of a three-game series. The Twins won the first meeting, 10-6, and then the Lions came back the next day for a 3-1 win. Today is the rubber-match between the Twins and Lions at Daegu Samsung Lions Park.
With the win for the Lions on Wednesday, they advanced to 5-9 on the season in a win they really needed badly. The Lions are tied with the Hanwha Eagles for second-last in the KBO. SK Wyverns were finally able to get their second win of the season last night, but are still struggling in the basement with a record of 2-11.
The Twins are doing better with a record of 8-5. They’re tied with the Doosan Bears for 2nd in the KBO, while the NC Dinos continue to lead the way at 11-2. The Bears were able to jump on the Dinos and disrupt their win streak with a tight 2-1 win. It’s looking like the Dinos and Bears are the front-runners in the KBO thus far, but it’s quite early and the Twins might have something to say about that.
LG are looking for their first Korean Series since 1994 so don’t hold your breath, though. They lost to the Kiwoom Heroes in the semifinals a season ago after finishing the regular season with a more than respectable record of 81-67. Another season like that with an exit in the playoffs in the semis wouldn’t be a surprise. It’ll be interesting to see how they fire back after losing a close one yesterday.
The Twins are relying on an 18-year-old to pitch well tonight. Lee Min-ho, an 18-year-old rookie, has made a couple of appearances out of the bullpen, but will make his debut as a starter Thursday. Starting versus entering the game as a reliever is a different animal. Lee is going to give his arm the most work in his young career today. Sophomore, 20-year-old Won Tae-in, is expected to counter for the Lions. Head below for our free LG Twins vs. Samsung Lions pick for May 21, 2020.
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Finding success as a rookie in the KBO is not easy. You’ll routinely see young pitchers getting hammered. Even the pitchers that pan out and have a lot of success later in their careers tend to have issues as youngsters. Can Lee Min-ho change the narrative and have a standout campaign as a rookie? Possibly, but we haven’t even seen him start a game yet. Today will be his debut as a starting pitcher against the Samsung Lions.
Lee has appeared in 4 innings and so far so good. He has yet to allow an earned run and sports a flawless 0.75 WHIP. Having said that, Lee hasn’t worked more than 3 innings. How’s he going to react to pitching as a starter today? It might play out to be a problem for Lee on Thursday. I’d be surprised if Lee doesn’t start to unravel at around the 4th inning or so. His opponent for Thursday, Won Tae-in, was a rookie pitcher in the KBO last season. He posted an ERA of 4.82 and 1.41 WHIP for a fairly respectable debut with the Lions.
Won has made two starts and a spot appearance out of the bullpen in 2020. He has allowed 14 hits and 7 earned runs in 11 innings for a 5.73 ERA and 1.82 WHIP. Won could stand to improve those numbers as we progress deeper into this campaign. In his latest outing, Won gave up 5 earned runs and 7 hits against the Wiz for a 9.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP.
The Twins are one of the better hitting teams in the KBO, as they have a .284 batting average for 3rd in the league. And despite playing one fewer game than four other clubs, they have scored more runs than all of them and are 3rd in the KBO. We have an 18-year-old against a 20-year-old on the bump in this one. I’m not expecting much. The OVER looks like an option between the Twins and Lions on Thursday.