The Samsung Lions and KT Wiz Suwon will be out on the field at the Suwon Baseball Stadium on Saturday for their second game. The Wiz were on fire on Friday night, as they swatted the Lions for a 14-6 win. KT blew the game open in the 7th inning with 8 runs to pull away from the Lions. Lions’ starter Won Tae-in was pitching well until the wheels fell off.
Won left the game after allowing 7 hits and 5 earned runs in 5 innings. Jang Pill-joon struggled the most, as he was able to get just one out before getting yanked with 4 earned runs and 5 hits credited to his name. That’s a game to throw in the trash bag for the Lions.
The Lions have been hit and miss this season. They head into Saturday with a record of 4-6 after suffering their sixth loss yesterday. The Lions put forth a solid performance against the Kiwoom Heroes on Thursday for a 8-5 win, but regressed hard to fall 14-6 yesterday. I think you’re going to see a lot of hot and cold play from the Lions this season.
They are looking to get back to championship form like from 2011 to 2014, but probably two or three years off. The Lions won four straight Korean Series championships, though it’s been difficult on them since. The national powerhouse has looked rather powerless the last four years.
The Wiz were able to register only their second win of the season last night. It was a big win that might be able to provide a much needed confidence boost for this club. With the win, they’re 2-7 and the only team with just one win on the season is SK Wyverns. The Wiz are still a new franchise in the KBO, having played just five full seasons. They made major strides last season to finish .500 after four dreary years without 60 wins.
The 1-7 start has not been a good indicator that the Wiz are going to build on their 71-71 season in 2020. In any event, perhaps they get on their horse and use last night as a boost. We’ll see if the runs keep coming for the Wiz on Friday against the Lions. They do have a favorable pitching matchup, so we’ll see if that helps. Head below for our free Samsung Lions vs. KT Wiz pick for May 15, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Samsung Lions are expected to send out Yoon Sung-hwan for the start. Yoon is getting his first outing of the season on Saturday. He has been in the KBO since 2004. The 38-year-old veteran is coming off two of the worst years of his career. Yoon posted a 6.98 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 2018, and then a 4.77 ERA and 1.50 WHIP a season ago. He’s had some good seasons, most recently in 2015 when he had a 3.76 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. However, since that season, Yoon has failed to finish with an ERA below the 4.00 mark. There have been signs that his arm is running out of gas.
I expect that the Wiz should be able to carry over some of the offense that they discovered on Friday into Saturday. Yoon isn’t the most feared pitcher in the KBO. Opportunities should be there for the Wiz to hit well and put up some more runs on Friday. They just have to hope that they get some support from their starter, Kim Min. It was a major struggle for Kim in his first start of 2020. The 21-year-old youngster was rocked for 7 earned runs and 10 hits in just 4 innings of work. He left the contest with a 15.75 ERA and 2.75 WHIP for an awful day at the office.
This is the second season that Kim intends to be a full-time pitcher in the KBO. In his first season, Kim finished with a 4.96 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 26 starts. He got his feet wet in 2018, with a 5.06 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 9 starts. Kim didn’t show any signs of improvement in his 2020 debut. While it’s probable he’s not going to get torched like that again in back-to-back performances. Kim will likely struggle at times on Saturday. This looks like a 7-6 or 8-5 game, so the OVER looks like an attractive option here.