Due to multiple rainouts in the KBO on Wednesday, several starts were pushed back to Thursday. There aren’t any double-header matchups today, though many pitchers are just getting their starts pushed back to today. The Lotte Giants and SK Wyverns were unable to get a pitch in, as their game was scrapped early because of rain.
There is more rain in the area for Thursday, but there have been no postponements in the KBO. Nothing will change for the Giants and Wyverns. Their scheduled pitchers from Wednesday won’t miss out for the Giants and Wyverns. Both are expected to get the start on Thursday.
Let’s go back to Tuesday for the first game of this series. The Wyverns edged out the Giants in an entertaining thriller. They scored 3 unanswered runs from the 8th to 9th inning to erase a 7-5 deficit. It was their 22nd win on the season. If you’ve been following along in the KBO this season, you would know that 22 wins at this point in the season isn’t good.
The Dinos had 22 wins well over a month ago. SK head into Thursday with a record of 22-44, while the leaders of the KBO, the Dinos, are at 43-19-2. The Wyverns are holding their heads above water over the Hanwha Eagles, though they are the only team the Wyverns have an advantage on.
The Eagles are so bad that it would be surprising if the Wyverns were to slip all the way back to last. In fact, I think in the second-half of the season, the Wyverns will play better than they did in the first. This is a club that went 88-55-1 only a season ago. Success did not follow them to the postseason, though. They were unable to win one game in the playoffs after winning 88 in the regular season.
With yesterday rained out, the Wyverns will go back to Lee Geon-wook on the hill. Lee will get the call as their starting hurler, with veteran Jang Won-sam expected to get the nod for the Giants on Thursday. The Giants made a fine move with acquiring Dan Straily, but there is still a lot of work left to be done on their rotation. Finding a suitable replacement for 37-year-old Jang Won-sam would be a good starting point. Head below for our free Lotte Giants vs. SK Wyverns pick for July 23, 2020.
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The Lotte Giants are turning to Jang on Thursday and keeping their fingers crossed. Jang has been well off the mark and appears to be at the end of his baseball career. If the effort from Tuesday for the Wyverns carries over to Thursday, then it’s going to be another bad day for Jang. There is a sense that Jang is pitching out there with a dead arm. However, this has been an ongoing issue for him over the last several years. Jang struggling isn’t anything new.
The Giants would like to replace Jang with something better, but their depth in the rotation is a problem. 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. That goes to show you how there aren’t enough pitchers to go around for everyone.
His inconsistent play has continued throughout the 2020 season. Jang enters Thursday with an ERA of 8.38 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in four starts. He’s conceded at least 5 earned runs in three of four starts. Jang is coming off a, you guessed it, poor outing versus the LG Twins on July 16. That’s been the norm for him.
He was torched for a 12.46 ERA and 2.08 WHIP. The Twins scored 6 earned in 4.1 innings for another quick exit. It’s unlikely that we see Jang suddenly find a groove and get going. If he does put up good numbers, it’s probably because the Wyverns don’t want to play on Thursday.
Lee has been a dependable pitcher 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 quality teams as well in the Dinos, Tigers, and Twins. Jang has been awfully erratic on the bump for the greater part of the past six years. Conversely, Lee is in the midst of a small breakout campaign for the Wyverns after struggling in his first two seasons in the KBO. I find it hard to back Jang on Thursday against the Wyverns.