The SK Wyverns and Kiwoom Heroes meet with the home squad looking for a sweep. The Heroes will be seeking a sweep over the Wyverns at the Geochoek Sky Dome on Sunday. They’ve been a hot and cold squad with varying degrees of success. The thing is I think they can be even better than their record of 24-17. That’s a solid record, but the Heroes are capable of more.
They are 4 games behind the Dinos for first in the standings, and just a half game back of the Doosan Bears for third. Between the Dinos, Bears, Twins, Heroes, and Tigers there is a lot of parity there. The Dinos jumped out to an exceptional early lead, but variance has kicked in recently and don’t look any better than the other teams I just listed.
There has been some crazy news regarding a big news signing by the Kiwoom Heroes. Former All-Star shortstop, Addison Russell, who won the World Series in 2016 with the Chicago Cubs, is heading to South Korea to play with the Heroes. Russell hit the wall hard in the major leagues, as he struggled to get things together in 2018 and 2019.
His season a year ago was a disaster, as he finished a 40-game suspension to open the season, which amounted to 29 games. When Russell returned to the Cubs, he was booed in Chicago and didn’t get much love from a fanbase that couldn’t get enough of the guy just a few years earlier. The animosity was due to domestic abuse allegations against his wife.
Life comes at you fast and less than five years after winning a World Series with the Cubs, Rusell is with the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO. It does give the KBO some attention in the US, but I don’t know if it’s good attention. There aren’t too many people that will defend him.
Talent wise on the field, he should help the Heroes win some games. The Heroes will send out the ultra reliable Eric Jokisch on Sunday against Ricardo Pinto of the Wyverns. Head below for our free SK Wyverns vs. Kiwoom Heroes pick for June 21, 2020.
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Eric Jokisch has been a tremendous find for the Kiwoom Heroes. In his second season with the Heroes in 2020, Jokisch has been on fire with a 1.68 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. If it wasn’t for Koo Chang-mo of the NC Dinos, I’d be inclined to say that Jokisch has been the best pitcher in the KBO this season. Without Jokisch, the Heroes certainly wouldn’t be looking at a record of 24-17 going into Sunday. He has recorded five wins with two no decisions. Jokisch is coming off a couple of losses, but it wasn’t because of his work. He got no run support, but still allowed just 3 earned runs in 12 innings against the Samsung Lions and Lotte Giants.
The Wyverns are second-last in the KBO with a team batting average of .239. They have notched only 153 runs in 40 games for an average of 3.83 runs per contest. If Jokisch is on a roll today, he should be able to hold the Wyverns to minimal damage on Sunday. In eight outings this season, Jokisch has yielded more than 2 earned runs per game only once. He should have a handle on the situation in this one.
Ricardo Pinto will get the call for the Wyverns. Pinto has been up and down for a 3.66 ERA and 1.66 WHIP. He got rattled against the Heroes in his first start versus them this season. Pinto left the game with a 14.54 ERA and 2.77 WHIP after allowing 7 earned runs in 4.1 innings. And while Pinto has allowed just 4 earned runs in his last three outings, he’s also allowed 19 hits and 7 walks across 18 innings, so he had to work to get out of jams. Pinto is coming off two starts where he threw 108 pitches each. That might catch up to him on Sunday against the Heroes. Tough matchup for the Wyverns on the road against Jokisch and the Heroes.