It was a wild day in Daejeon at Hanwha Eagles Park on Tuesday. The Eagles blew a 3-run lead with the Giants scoring a run in the 7th, 8th, and then finally another run in the 9th. That promoted a trip to extra innings for the Giants and Eagles. The Giants scored in the 11th and 12th inning, but the Eagles fought back in the bottom half. They scored a run to tie it back up in the 11th, and then a walk-off 2-run jack for the win.
KBO games can get wild in the back-half of the contest. Poor bullpens lead to some back-and-forth action. We unfortunately suffered a bad push yesterday because of the craziness in the Dinos-Wyvers game. Going into the 9th with a 2-1 lead for the Dinos, there were 6 runs scored to ruin what looked like a nice UNDER win. You just have to accept that it’s going to happen in the KBO. It happens in the major leagues as well, but it feels like late inning collapses happen on the regular in South Korea.
It was a tough loss for the Giants yesterday, as they slipped to 24-28 on the season. They started off red-hot with a record of 6-1 to open the season, but it’s clear that it didn’t take long for the Giants to hit an ugly dose of variance to bring them back down. The Giants collected plenty of money to win the Korean Series at that point, though those tickets might be better used as a coffee coaster soon.
The Giants have won just two Korean Series championships in 1984 and 1992. They went 48-93-3 in 2019, so despite the hot start, I had my doubts that the Giants were going to suddenly revert into a championship contender. That certainly doesn’t look like the case now. The Giants are losers in five of their previous six outings going into Wednesday. The only good news for the Giants is that they have a comfortable lead on the Eagles. They’re 11 games ahead of the Eagles, so falling back to last is an unlikely scenario.
One of the best moves the Giants have made in the last year is signing Dan Straily. Without any offers in the majors, Straily took an offer from the Giants to come play in South Korea. The goal at the end of the day is to get back into the major leagues. He’s been good, but getting back into the majors will require him to be lights out. In spots that’s definitely true. Straily gets the nod against former Detroit Tiger, Warwick Saupold, on Wednesday. Saupold never had much of a major league career and he hasn’t pitched well in 2020. Head below for our free Lotte Giants vs. Hanwha Eagles pick for July 8, 2020 in the KBO.
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Dan Straily was pitching in the major leagues as recently as last year, and it really wasn’t that long ago that Straily was pitching well in a rotation. Straily posted an ERA of 3.76 with the Reds in 2016, which was a career-high for him. Even in 2018 Straily was pitching well enough to be in a major league rotation. He recorded a 4.12 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. That’s more enough to stick in Major League Baseball.
However, Straily hit a wall last season with an ERA of 9.12 and 1.99 WHIP. The velocity was well off on his pitches, so he took the next best opportunity overseas. It’s worked out well for him, as he enters Wednesday with an ERA of 2.53 and 1.06 WHIP. Straily is coming off a solid performance against a dangerous NC Dinos team.
He allowed 2 earned runs in 4.2 innings for a 3.86 ERA. The Dinos’ offense certainly isn’t the Eagles. The Eagles are 9th in the KBO with a team batting average of .243, and dead last with just 3.55 run scored per game. Expect Straily to be in form for the Giants in this one.
Saupold has some major league experience, though it didn’t go nearly as well as Straily’s career. His KBO career hasn’t been going too well either, with a 4.00 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 11 starts. Saupold is coming off a weak effort against the Kia Tigers, as he was tagged for 10 hits and 6 earned runs in 5.1 innings for a 10.13 ERA and 2.25 WHIP.
In his previous 11.1 innings, he’s yielded 9 earned runs. I’m under the impression that Straily will have the upper hand in this matchup over Saupold. If Straily has plans to get back into the majors, he must make easy work of an offense like the Hanwha Eagles. He won’t be perfect, but likely enough to guide the Giants to a win on Wednesday.