The Lotte Giants and SK Wyverns are in business on Wednesday at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon. The Giants and Wyverns got into an entertaining contest yesterday, with the Wyverns ultimately edging out the Giants, 8-7. The Wyverns buried 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to come from behind to defeat the Giants in the final frame.
They also scored a run in the 8th to help erase the 7-5 lead for the Giants. It has not been a standout season for the Wyverns, but they had something to celebrate Tuesday. The Wyverns moved up to 22-44 on the season with the win. That’s a far cry from where SK were at last season. They were in a two-way tie with the Doosan Bears for the best record in the KBO.
Any hope of the Wyverns repeating what they did last season is in the toilet. That said, it didn’t result in a playoff win for the Wyverns. They were swept by the Kiwoom Heroes and suffered an early exit this past postseason. The Wyverns are going to win the same number of playoff games this year as well. It’s highly unlikely the Wyverns are going to be playing postseason baseball in 2020.
Unless something changes quickly, the Wyverns are going to be sitting home watching games. They hold a 5-game advantage on the Hanwha Eagles, though that’s the only squad that they have an advantage on at the moment. That’s been the case for pretty well the entire season. The Lotte Giants are clear of the Wyverns by 9.5 games. In other words, the best-case scenario for the Wyverns might be just staying ahead of the Eagles and avoiding dead last.
That might be the only realistic goal that the Wyverns can shoot for in 2020 at this point. They do look good in spots, though, I will give them that. Flashes of last season shine through occasionally, like in their come from behind victory over the Giants yesterday. The Giants go into Wednesday with a record of 30-33.
That keeps them in the playoff race, as they’re back of a postseason berth by 3.5 games right now, with the final spot currently occupied by the LG Twins. The Giants are expected to give the nod to veteran Jang Won-same as their starter. Lee Geon-wook is expected to counter for the Wyverns as their starting hurler. Head below for our free Lotte Giants vs. SK Wyverns pick for July 22, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Lotte Giants are still giving Jang Won-sam his scheduled starts despite struggling mightily. Jang will attempt to get the ship going in the right direction on Wednesday against the Wyverns. The Wyverns looked comfortable at the dish yesterday, and if they get that effort today, then it’s going to be another rough day for Jang. The 37-year-old looks like he’s out there with a dead arm.
The Giants just don’t have any other options as their pitching staff is depleted depth wise. After posting ERA’s of 7.01, 5.61, 6.16, and 7.98 the last four seasons, Jang is still pitching as a professional at the top level of baseball in South Korea. It’s been more of the same for him in 2020. Jang has an ERA of 8.38 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in four starts. He’s yielded at least 5 earned runs in three of those performances.
Jang is coming off a weak outing against the LG Twins on July 16. He was smacked for a 12.46 ERA and 2.08 WHIP. The Twins scored 6 earned runs on 8 hits in 4.1 innings for another quick exit for Jang. I don’t see much changing for Jang against the Wyverns today. Their best chance of winning might be targeting Lee Geon-wook.
However, Lee has been solid for the Wyverns, with a 3.08 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. His arm has been particularly strong at home. Lee has notched an ERA of 0.50 and 0.65 in three home starts. That was against some fairly good teams as well in the Dinos, Tigers, and Twins. Jang has been so wild on the hill that it makes it difficult to support him here. On the other side, Lee is in the midst of a small breakout campaign for the Wyverns after struggling in his first two seasons. Give me the 25-year-old Lee to outwork the 37-year-old veteran on Wednesday.