The Samsung Lions and LG Twins will meet with different goals in mind. The Lions are going for the sweep, while the Twins need a win to prevent three straight losses. Following a slow start, the Lions have been waking up and have turned into a tough out for their opponents. The Lions have won six of their last seven games.
They’re up to 12-14 on the season after starting 4-9. This is a team that put together a dynasty about a decade ago, which spanned all the way to 2014. The Lions won four straight championships from 2011 to 2014. In all the Lions have grabbed eight Korean Series championships in franchise history.
There is plenty of time for the Lions to turn it on and get near the top of the standings. We’re still in the early stages of the season and the Lions don’t look like a bad team at all. After competing with the SK Wyverns for last in the KBO, the Wyverns and Lions have both been playing better baseball over the last two weeks. With the nice run by the Lions, they’ve bypassed the Lotte Giants and are 6th in the KBO.
The Hanwha Eagles have slipped to last and that’s likely where they are going to stay. For all of the hype on the Lotte Giants early in the season, they’ve fallen down and might be the other club to compete for last in the KBO. After they started out 6-1 this season, money poured in on the Giants to win the championship. I’m not a full fledged expert on the KBO like MLB, but I did know that the Giants weren’t going to sustain that strong push.
The Twins took a beating last night, as they suffered a 12-6 loss against the Twins. This was after the Lions won in a different way by a score of 2-0 the day before. Casey Kelly was chased out of the game after pitching 5 iffy innings. He probably should have been pulled earlier, but Kelly ended up allowing 5 hits and 8 earned runs in 5 innings.
Kelly also surrendered 3 walks. I’ve noticed that KBO managers are often way too late to pull the plug on their starter. By that point, the game is already out of hand without a chance of a comeback. Chung Chan-heon will get the call for the Twins against Baek Jung-hyun of the Lions. Head below for our free Samsung Lions vs. LG Twins pick for June 4, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Twins will give Jung Chan-heon the nod on Thursday to try and avoid a sweep against the Lions. He’s been just about what we expect from Jung. The 30-year-old veteran has posted an ERA of 5.23 and 1.54 WHIP in 330 games since 2008. Keep in mind that Jung has been a member of the bullpen throughout his career. This is the first season, after all of these games, that Jung has started a game, which is hard to believe. You would think that Jung would have gotten at least a spot start or something over the years.
He made his first ever KBO start recently. He’s been pretty close to his career numbers thus far as a starter in 2020. Jung owns a 5.06 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in three outings. The offense has been waking up recently for the Lions and they should be able to have a productive game against Jung. They have averaged 7.5 runs per game in their previous four outings. I don’t know if the Lions score more than 7 runs in this game, but Jung is likely going to give them a pretty good opportunity to do it on Thursday.
Baek Jung-hyun has been off to a rough start for the Lions, though. I could see the Twins responding nicely with a big offensive performance in this one. Baek owns a 7.20 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in two starts across 10 innings of work. That includes 8 earned runs and 14 hits for the opposition. He’s played for the Lions in his entire KBO career, which started in 2007. The 32-year-old has a career ERA of 4.93 and 1.50. After getting pushed around at home last night, the Twins are likely going to come back strong at the dish. However, it’s hard to trust Jung holding up his end of the bargain. I’m on the OVER in what looks like a 7-5 or 8-4 game at Jamsil Baseball Stadium between the Lions and Twins.