The Samsung Lions made a statement to get their 7th win of the season on Wednesday. They blasted the Lotte Giants for a 11-1 win. It was a different story the day before, as the Giants edged out the Lions by a score of 1-0 with a late run in the 8th inning. The Giants scored another run Thursday, but that wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with the Lions’ onslaught. The Lions and Giants have both been hot and cold this season. They turn it on and off at any moment. The Giants were red-hot to open the season and only knew one direction to go at that point. They won five straight games and were 6-1 to open the year.
The Giants have since cooled off and have since been playing hot and cold. They fell to 10-9 last season after the offense didn’t generate anything, and starting pitcher, Park Se-woong, had nothing to give on the bump. Park was jumped on for 4 earned runs and 5 hits in 4.1 innings of work. That was all she wrote for the Giants, as they weren’t able to overcome that and effectively game up. Dan Straily was a beast the day before for the Giants. He was strong and didn’t give up a run. Without Straily, the Giants don’t win that game.
They are 10-9 on the season to put them a half game back of the KIA Tigers, and two games behind the Doosan Bears. With the NC Dinos leading the league at 16-3, the Giants are 6 games back for 1st in the KBO. It’s unlikely that the Giants have it in them to compete with the top teams, but competing with mid-tier opponents would be a step in the right direction. They didn’t even win 50 games in 2019, so you can’t expect too much, despite people quickly betting on the Giants to win the Korean Series early during their hot run.
The Lions got a much needed win to move to 7-13 on the year. They’re tied with the Hanwha Eagles for next to last in the KBO. The SK Wyverns are all alone at the bottom of the standings at 3-16. They have been having a lot of issues getting going in 2020. The Giants finished last a season ago, and probably don’t have to worry too much about that happening again with the Wyverns playing so poorly.
The Giants are expected to give the nod to former Texas Ranger, Adrian Sampson. If you’re familiar with the Rangers, you should know who Sampson is. He was with the Rangers from 2017 to 2019 and was released this past season. Sampson will get his first start in the KBO today against the Lions. Heo Yoon-dong is expected to counter for the Lions. This will be his first ever professional start. Head below for our free Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants pick for May 28, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Lions decided to show up at the dish yesterday. They have been able to hit well against bad pitchers in the KBO, though have struggled otherwise. Their performance against Straily the other day resulted in a 1-0 loss. Now they’ll get another crack at a former major leaguer. Adrian Sampson has no history in the KBO, so that’s working in their favor.
Working against them is the fact that Sampson was an okay MLB hurler. In his final season with the Rangers, Sampson posted a 5.89 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. Across 41 games in his MLB career, Sampson notched a 5.71 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. There are some pitchers in the majors that make a living with numbers like that.
However, Sampson couldn’t fit a spot in a rotation and left for South Korea. Like Straily, I’m expecting Sampson to have success at this level of play. He’s not going to see anything like he did in the major leagues. Part of his issue has been keeping the ball in the park. Sampson won’t have to deal with the kind of power hitters he saw in the US in the KBO. That would definitely help Sampson.
On the other side today, the Lions are sending out a brand new rookie to attempt to outpitch Sampson. Heo Yoon-dong will make his first outing today. He’s making just $23,000 a year to pitch for the Lions, as he’s way down on the totem pole. I’m not particularly high on Heo in this contest. Making his first start on the road likely isn’t going to be easy. Meanwhile, look for Sampson to make an impact in his KBO debut on Wednesday.