The Samsung Lions and Lotte Giants will begin a three-game series at Sajik Baseball Stadium, home of the Giants, on Friday in South Korea. The Lions were blasted against the lowly Hanwha Eagles yesterday by a score of 9-2. It was a sloppy and non-inspiring effort by the Lions, as they were down by 2 runs before recording an out.
That set the tone for the rest of the game. The Lions had no answer, while the Eagles kept it coming to take a 8-0 lead. It was a rare win for the Eagles to reach 11-34 on the season. They’ve been awful and tied a KBO record with 18 straight losses, but the Eagles, for at least a night, didn’t look like that team. The Lions dropped to 22-23 on the season.
The Lions have been able to repair things after a really slow start in 2020. However, they have been treading water for the last couple of weeks and struggling to get over the .500 mark. Being stagnant is fine if you’re the Hanwha Eagles, but the Lions are hoping for bigger results this season. The Lions went 60-83-1 a season ago, so .500 would be a step in the right direction, but this fanbase just celebrated a four-peat from 2011 to 2014 with four straight Korean Series championships.
The Lions are eight-time Korean Series winners. When you are that accomplished fans expect better than fighting for the .500 mark. David Buchanan was hammered for 12 hits and 8 earned runs in 6 innings. Now you see why Buchanan didn’t last in the major leagues, but you would think he would have held up better against the worst offense in the league. That wasn’t the case, as Buchanan received a wake up call on Thursday.
The Lotte Giants are coming off a rainout on Thursday against the KIA Tigers. Dan Straily was set to touch the rubber for the Giants, but he is being pushed back to Friday against the Lions. The Lions are scheduled to give Won Tae-in the call to see what he can do in his ninth start of 2020. The sophomore has largely been solid for the Lions this season, as he’s shown nice improvements from his rookie campaign. Head below for our free Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants pick for June 26, 2020.
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The Lions are hoping to get a significantly better pitching performance from Won Tae-in than what they received from David Buchanan yesterday. That was a yikes performance by Buchanan, who clearly didn’t show up to play. If he did have his head in the game, the Eagles likely don’t run all over him like a doormat. Won is on the bump as a starter for the ninth time this season and has showcased steady improvement from 2019 when he was a rookie.
He owns a 3.19 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 48 innings of work. In eight starts, Won has allowed more than 2 earned runs in just two appearances. One of those was in his last outing versus the KIA Tigers on the road. Won was smacked for 6 earned runs in 5 innings for a 10.80 ERA in his worst start this year.
The last time Won got hit hard, he responded in the next game for just 2 earned runs, though. I could see Won doing the same on Saturday, as he comes back with a solid performance against the Giants. The Giants have scored just 195 runs for 4.6 runs per game. They have only scored more runs than the SK Wyverns and Eagles.
The former major leaguer, Dan Straily, has been one of the better pitchers in the KBO. He’s in his first season and has done everything right. Straily only has one bad outing on his resume, which came against the KIA Tigers on May 20. It was the worst start of Straily’s first season in the KBO.
He allowed 5 earned runs and 6 hits in 5 innings of work for a 9.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. It’s the only performance by Straily where he’s given up more than 2 earned runs. In eight other performances, he gave up 2 or fewer earned runs. Since getting hit for 5 runs versus the Tigers, Straily has been on fire with an ERA of 1.05 in his five showings. Overall in 2020, Straily has a 2.10 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.
Straily hasn’t given up a run at home so far this season. He holds a 0.00 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in 20.1 innings of work at Sajik Baseball Stadium. The Lions are hitting .259 and averaging 5 runs per game. This is an offense that Straily should be able to handle, especially at home. I’m on the UNDER in what should be a low-scoring meeting.