There are three KBO games on the Wednesday slate in South Korea. These are three more make-up games from postponements today. Some teams have much more baseball ahead of them, while others, like the Kiwoom Heroes, aren’t going to be playing a lot of baseball over the next ten days.
They only have two games to complete, so the Heroes have to find a way to avoid getting too rusty going into the postseason. Meanwhile, we have a team like the Kia Tigers who are going to be playing everyday during this stretch.
The KT Wiz and Samsung Lions will play a spot game following a 7-6 loss for the Wiz against the Twins, and easy 12-2 win for the Lions against the Wyverns on Tuesday. The scheduling is a bit disjointed right now, with most of these games a one and done deal.
The Wiz and Lions move on from yesterday to meet at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu. It was a big loss for the Wiz, as they fell back in the race for the second seed in the postseason. The Twins hold a 1.5-game advantage over the Wiz for second.
The Wiz are in a tie with the Doosan Bears, while the Heroes are a half game ahead. In other words, there isn’t much room to breathe at all from second to fifth. The top five teams go to the playoffs, so 1-5 are pretty well a lock to be playing baseball in November. The Kia Tigers, sixth, are well back of the final postseason spot by 5.5 games.
The Lions will not be going to the playoffs. A slow start was too much for the Lions to overcome, and they’re 20 games behind the Dinos for first with a record of 62-73-4. They’re on a four-game winning streak entering Wednesday.
Samsung have shown something to look forward to for next season, but are out of the equation for the rest of the 2020 season. The Lions will send Tae-in Won to the bump, while Odrisamer Despaigne will counter for the Wiz. An extra quality arm in the rotation would do wonders for both of these teams next year Head below for our free Samsung Lions vs. KT Wiz pick for October 21, 2020.
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The Lions have been just far too inconsistent on the hill to have a shot at competing in a playoff series with the top teams in the KBO. It’s likely they look towards the US in the offseason to try to find a gem like the Giants did with Dan Straily.
There might be something out there that the Lions can find. Right now, though, they don’t have the depth in their rotation to scare off many offenses. Tae-in Won just wants to get his ERA below the 5.00 mark before the 2020 campaign is in the books.
Won goes into this contest with an ERA of 5.14 and 1.59 WHIP through 25 games and 126 innings of work. He’s coming off a miserable performance against the SK Wyverns on October 15. Won was touched up for 10 hits and 6 earned runs through 6 innings of work. He left the game with a 9.00 ERA and 1.83 WHIP.
Since September 27, Won has yielded 16 earned runs through four starts. He’s allowed at least 4 earned runs in six out of his previous nine outings. The sophomore has also had problems against the Wiz this season. He owns a 5.63 ERA and 1-1 record versus the Wiz. In his most recent performance against the Wiz, he was slammed for 10 hits and 5 earned runs through 5 innings on September 16 on the road at KT Wiz Park.
The Wiz offense woke up late last night, but the damage was already done and they couldn’t erase a 7-2 deficit in the ninth frame. The offense should be able to keep it going against Won on Wednesday at home. The Lions have had success versus Odrisamer Despaigne in the past, with an ERA of 5.81 in 2020.
He hasn’t been in good form in his previous three starts against them. Combined through those three outings, Despaigne has yielded 15 earned runs in 20 innings. In his most recent showing on October 1, the Lions hit Despaigne for 12 hits and 5 earned runs through 6 innings of play. Despaigne recorded a 7.50 ERA and 2.17 WHIP in that performance. I think we should be able to see some runs, with the OVER worth a look at 9.