The Samsung Lions and KIA Tigers will see each other again on Saturday at KIA Champions Field on Saturday. The Tigers edged out the Lions in a close one yesterday with a 5-4 win. Drew Gagnon didn’t hold up particularly well for the Tigers. He allowed 5 hits and 4 earned runs in 5.1 innings of work.
The bullpen was fantastic, though, as they didn’t allow a run to the Lions. That was ultimately the difference in the game. Not everyone loves relievers except when they step up and play like the Tigers’ unit did on Friday. It’s like a kicker in the NFL. Everyone loves him before he misses a clutch kick and then the fans immediately turn.
There was none of that for the Tigers last night. With the win, the Tigers advanced to 22-17 on the season. They have been a mid-tier team, and it’s likely going to stay that way. They’re a half game behind the Kiwoom Heroes, and 3 games up on the Lotte Giants. That’s just about where they belong in the standings.
The Tigers have won three straight games, which includes an impressive effort against the NC Dinos. The Tigers won back-to-back games over the top ranked Dinos. They couldn’t finish a true sweep of the Dinos because of a rainout in the series finale. Winning two of two games over the Dinos is nevertheless impressive.
On the other side today, the Lions don’t know if they’re going or coming. They have hiccups and then play well, and then revert back again. The Lions have a record of 19-21 with losses in each of their last two games after winning three straight outings.
A 12-0 win over the KT Wiz and 6-3 over the Doosan Bears was incredibly impressive. It’s a little bit of that and a little of this with the Lions. They will tag Won Tae-in as their starting hurler in this one. The Tigers are expected to go with Im Ki-young as their starter. Head below for our free Samsung Lions vs. KIA Tigers pick for June 20, 2020 in the KBO.
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Im Ki-young has been a pleasant surprise for the Tigers in 2020. Since getting hit for 4 earned runs on the run at Samsung, Im hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in a start. He boasts an ERA of 2.82 and 1.12 WHIP in seven outings. This is after Im had a 5.73 ERA and 1.77 WHIP a season ago. He’s had quality years in his career, though. In 2017, Im notched a 3.65 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, so he has shown the ability to pitch well, and we’ve seen it out of him this season as well. He has yet to allow more than 2 earned runs in a start at home. Im has given up a total of 3 earned runs in 17.2 innings of work at KIA Champions Field.
Im is the 27-year-old veteran, while Won Tae-in is a young 20-year-old that is having plenty of success in his second season in the KBO. He was fine as a rookie, with an ERA of 4.82 and 1.41 WHIP in 20 starts. Won has kicked it up a notch this season and has been spectacular with a 2.30 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 2020. In his previous four outings, Im has prevented a run in three of them, and hasn’t given up more than 2 earned runs in a start since May 15 against the KT Wiz. He’s held the opposition to 2 or fewer runs in five straight games going into Saturday. If things play out accordingly in this contest, we should see a 4-3 kind of game with the UNDER a solid option in the KBO.