Alrighty then, let’s try this again in the KBO. The past two days have been almost complete rainouts in the KBO. They tried to get the games in on what is supposed to be a day off on Mondays, though that didn’t go according to plan.
The only complete games that we’ve seen in the KBO were the Wyverns-Eagles and Heroes-Tigers on Monday. When you have a league that plays in a small country like South Korea, one rainout will typically result in several others. The CPBL in Taiwan is far worse for this, but it happens in the KBO from time to time.
There should be more games that are completed on Tuesday. It seems that it’s going to be an overcast day across the country, but most places should dodge the rain. The Kiwoom Heroes play in the Gocheok Sky Dome, so there won’t be a problem with weather. It’s an indoor facility fortunately.
The series finale from the games over the weekend will have to wait until a future date. The Dinos maintain their KBO-leading record of 39-17-1 going into Tuesday. They’re up on the Bears and Heroes by 6 games. The Heroes were 13-3 losers on Monday against the Tigers, so they did nothing to take advantage of the day off for the Bears and Dinos.
The Dinos move on from LG Twins and have their eyes set on the Heroes. It’s a big series for the Heroes, as they look to bounce back from that dreadful loss on Monday, and play catch up with the Dinos. A sweep for the Heroes and they are right there in contention with the Dinos.
It’s unlikely that we see a sweep, but if it were to happen, the Dinos’ lead would be down to just three games. The Heroes are a good squad, but the team to beat in the KBO is still the Dinos. For a team that just started playing ball in 2013, it’s been a nice ride for the Dinos so far this season.
Some teams will once again push their starter back to today. Others go down the rotation and keep things moving. The Dinos are scheduled to go with Lee Jae-hak after he couldn’t go on Monday. On the other side, the Heroes are expected to give Jake Brigham his fifth start of the season. Head below for our free NC Dinos vs. Kiwoom Heroes pick for July 14, 2020 in the KBO.
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Lee Jae-hak was prepared to pitch on Monday, but he’ll have to divert his attention to today for his 12th start of the year. They lost Koo Chang-mo’s scheduled start because of a couple of innings pitched on Sunday against the Twins. That game should have never been played, or tried to be played at least, so the Dinos lost a Koo start because of it.
Lee has been one of the least successful pitchers in the Dinos’ rotation this campaign. Lee enters Tuesday with an ERA of 5.59 and 1.44 WHIP. Last season was a major success for Lee. He posted an ERA of 3.75 for a career-high. Although, that hasn’t been the norm for him. In nine seasons in the KBO, he has a 4.33 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 219 games.
Following a productive 2019, his numbers have taken a dive. Lee is regressing and looks like the same guy from a few years ago when he posted an ERA of 5.67 and 4.79 in 2017 and 2019. In his previous four performances, the 29-year-old has allowed at least 3 earned runs. Five games ago, Lee wasn’t able to get through the 2nd inning or it would have been five in a row. Lee was tagged for a 10.80 ERA in 1.2 innings in that start against the Heroes at NC Park.
Jake Brigham is getting the nod for the first time since May. He wasn’t in good shape to open the season and went on the shelf. Brigham has notched a 5.00 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 18 innings. The 32-year-old is coming off a solid 2019 in his third year in the KBO. It was a career-high for Brigham, as he posted an ERA of 2.96 and 1.23 WHIP in 28 games.
Brigham isn’t in that form at the moment, though, but maybe the layoff helped. He has allowed at least 3 earned runs in his previous three outings and a 7.20 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in his latest against the Lotte Giants on May 22. I have my eyes set on a high-scoring matchup tonight under the dome at Gocheok Sky Dome on Tuesday.