The KBO continues on Wednesday with a slate of five matches in South Korea. The Samsung Lions and Kiwoom Heroes will meet again after the Heroes edged out the Lions by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday. Close game and the Lions made it interesting in the 9th inning with a run to make it 3-2.
However, the pitching performance by Eric Jokisch was too much to overcome. Jokisch was a rock for the Heroes, as he propelled the Heroes with no earned runs allowed across 6 innings of work. Jokisch allowed just 3 hits and struck out 7 batters. The only runs scored by the Lions were chalked up as errors, so no pitcher on the Heroes was tagged with an earned run.
The Heroes are off to a fast start with a record of 6-1. They are winners in four straight games after an 8-5 loss against KIA. That stands as their only loss in 2020 so far. The Heroes are coming off a solid year in 2019 and should compete for the top spot in the KBO again. They boasted a record of 86-57 in 2019 and came four games from winning their first Korean Series.
It was a valiant effort last season, but the Doosan Bears were too much to handle. The Bears swept the Heroes in four games, so everything came crashing down for the Heroes. In any event, they’ve only been around for 12 years as an organization, and have shown great strides in those 12 years.
It seems reasonable that the Heroes are going to be major players again in 2020. So far so good, as there has been no hangover to speak of for the Heroes after making a trip to the Korean Series. Conversely, the Samsung Lions don’t figure to be much of a factor this season.
They have failed to finish above .500 since 2015 and continue to play on a downhill slope in 2020. The Lions built a dynasty from 2011 to 2014 with four straight championships, but it’s been downhill since. With a start of 2-5, they haven’t looked like a team poised to get back above .500. They have another tough challenge on Wednesday. Head below for our free Samsung Lions vs. Kiwoom Heroes pick in the KBO for May 13, 2020.
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The Samsung Lions will send out David Buchanan for the second start of his KBO career on Wednesday. Buchanan spent the last three seasons in the Japanese league known as the NPB. That’s often regarded as the No. 2 baseball league in the world behind only Major League Baseball.
Buchanan gets demoted in a sense, but is still playing high-level baseball in the KBO. He struggled in his final season in Japan with a 4.94 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. Buchanan couldn’t find a spot in the NPB for 2020, so it was off to South Korea for a new opportunity in the KBO. This is his rookie year pitching in South Korea.
Buchanan’s debut was well off the mark against the NC Dinos. The Dinos hit him for 6 hits and 5 earned runs in 6 innings. That equated to a 7.50 ERA for Buchanan in a losing effort. Playing on a team that doesn’t have the most potent offense in the KBO will be a problem in his attempt to find wins.
Other than their 14-run explosion against KIA, the Lions have averaged just 2.5 runs per game. Choi Won-tae will likely be a difficult chore for the Lions in this one. He’s been one of the more consistent pitchers in the KBO the last two years. Choi posted a 3.95 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 2018, improving on a 4.46 ERA from the previous season.
At only 23 years old, Choi has had some years to develop and get better. He seems to be on an upward trend. Choi got his ERA down to 3.38 and WHIP to a 1.28 in 2019 after a 4.46 ERA and 3.95 ERA the previous two seasons. In one outing this season, Choi held his own with 2 earned runs across 5 innings of work. The Lions should be able to keep this game close for 4-5 innings, but look for the Heroes to pull away late for a 2-run win or more on Wednesday.