The KBO is back on Tuesday with five games scheduled to get the week started. When we left off on Sunday, every selection was a success for a 3-0 day. I’m getting a much better feel for the KBO now. Despite the fact that it’s going to be next to impossible for everyday to be a winning day, I am familiar with every club at this point and feel more confident with my selections.
The NPB starts up on Friday, and I will dabble in Japanese baseball, but will still largely focus on the KBO. The NPB is regarded as the next best baseball league behind MLB. It’s somewhere between Triple-A ball and the major leagues. The KBO is the No. 3 baseball league in the world. And then there’s the CPBL and others who are behind by a mile.
If you’re new to the KBO and NPB, you will find some familiar names in both leagues. Maybe not brand names, but guys you probably recognize if you follow the major leagues. The vast majority of that is true for the pitchers. You will discover far more pitchers in the KBO and NPB then hitters that are recognizable. Eric Jokisch is not a recognizable name unless you’re a big Cubs’ fan.
Jokisch played for the Cubs in four games and was actually good, with a 1.88 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. A recurring blister problem on his hand was the downfall of his career in the majors. The problem didn’t really go away for Jokisch. In his last season with an MLB affiliated team, Jokisch posted an ERA of 4.06 in 2018. The Athletics didn’t have a spot for him beyond that season, though, and they moved on from the veteran and went younger.
His next option was to go overseas to play and he landed with the Kiwoom Heroes. It’s been great for Jokisch, as he goes into his second season in the KBO in 2020. The Heroes will send out Jokisch on Tuesday. They were unable to sweep the Dinos over the weekend, but two out of three on the road was a good look for the Heroes.
The Lotte Giants are expected to counter with Noh Kyung-eun. The Giants are 18-17 after losing two of three on the road against the LG Twins. They’re a solid mid-tier club that fooled a few people with their hot start. Mid-tier is miles better than what they did in 2019, so that isn’t a bad thing. Head below for our free Lotte Giants vs. Kiwoom Heroes pick for June 16, 2020 in the KBO.
Lotte Giants vs. Kiwoom Heroes KBO Baseball Betting Odds:
Lotte Giants vs. Kiwoom Heroes Prediction:
The Heroes are slightly better than their record of 20-16 indicates. They’re in the top-tier with the Bears, and Dinos. The Twins are a wildcard right now, a team that could go in either direction. They’re second in the standings, with a 4-game deficit on the NC Dinos. The Heroes are currently 6.5 games behind the Dinos for top honors in the KBO. With Jokisch on the bump, they have a really good chance of getting to 21-16 on Tuesday.
He was rock solid as a first-time pitcher in the KBO in 2019, with a 3.13 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. It seems that he was just getting started, though. Jokisch is building on that season so far in 2020, as he enters Tuesday with an ERA of 1.49 and 0.97 WHIP. He has yet to allow more than 3 earned runs in a start, and Jokisch allowed just 3 earned runs once. In two outings at home, Jokisch has not allowed an earned run in 13 innings of work. Note that Jokisch gave up just 8 hits through that stretch as well. In five of seven outings, Jokisch has surrendered 2 earned runs or fewer.
Noh Kyung-eun was shaky in his lone start against the Heroes in 2020. He allowed 4 earned runs in 4 innings for a 9.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. The 36-year-old veteran, who made his debut way back in 2003, owns a 5.45 ERA and 1.36 WHIP going into Tuesday. He’s been all over the place the past few years, with an ERA of 6.85, 11.66, and 4.08 the last three seasons. Noh doesn’t appear to be in a position to improve on those numbers by too much. He was able to get back on track in his most recent outing, but that was against a bad Hanwha Eagles team. The Heroes are considerably better. Jokisch at a decent price against Noh is an auto-bet for me.