The SK Wyverns are at Jamsil Baseball Stadium for a meeting with the dangerous LG Twins on Tuesday. Monday is a day off for the KBO, so there were no games yesterday. The Twins are off to a 18-11 start in the KBO. That puts them 5 games behind the NC Dinos for the lead in the league.
The Dinos have been blazing hot to open 2020, with a record of 23-6 and have looked like the clear front-runner so far. The Kiwoom Heroes, LG Twins, and Doosan Bears are all worthy opponents, though. At this point, the Dinos look like they’re going to be a tough club to beat, though. That said, I wouldn’t sleep on the Heroes, Twins, and Bears.
The Heroes are just 17-13 on the season, but have looked like a complete team in spots. Meanwhile, the Bears are the defending champions in the KBO, and the Twins have shown some bright spots. The Twins are coming off an impressive 8-1 win over the Kiwoom Heroes after losing the first two games on the road.
They’ve looked good in their previous four games and bad. A little of both for the Twins, with wins of 11-0 and 8-1, but losses of 5-4 and 6-3, both against the Heroes. That wasn’t an easy assignment for the Twins on the road. They were at least able to salvage the series with a win.
The Twins are two-time Korean Series winners with wins in 1990 and 1994. They’re coming off a productive season, though. 2019 was the first time the Twins recorded 80+ wins was when they won the championship in 1994. The Twins couldn’t parlay their strong record into a championship last season, but maybe 2020 is the season. Is it likely? Probably not, but they should have a seat at the table in the playoffs.
LG are expected to send out Casey Kelly for the starting nod on Tuesday. Inconsistency has been the story of his season thus far. A year after having a terrific debut as a rookie in the KBO, Kelly has been trying to find some middle ground. The Wyverns will counter with Lee Geon-wook. Lee has been just about average in his third season. That wasn’t the case in his first two. Head below for our free SK Wyverns vs. LG Twins pick.
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The Wyverns are getting back on track after a horribly slow start. However, they have a big hole to climb out of if they want to be up there with the top teams in the KBO in the standings. The Wyverns head into Tuesday with a record of 10-19. They’re coming off a 3-0 loss against the Samsung Lions. That was an easy win for us on the UNDER. David Buchanan was terrific for the Lions, as he gave up no runs and 4 hits in 6 innings of work.
Now it’ll be up to Casey Kelly to get the job done for the Twins. Kelly has a 6.12 ERA and 1.52 WHIP going into today. That doesn’t sound good at all and isn’t good. However, three bad starts are responsible for his poor numbers. In his other two outings, Kelly was outstanding with no runs allowed in 12 innings. Every game that he was bad in, Kelly was able to respond with a strong performance thereafter. If the trend continues, then Kelly should be in for a productive showing against the Wyverns. He was stomped on for 8 earned runs and 8 hits in his most recent starts, which came on June 3 against the Samsung Lions.
Kelly was great in his most recent performance against the Wyverns. He allowed 1 earned run and 5 hits in 7 innings for a 1.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. I’m looking for Kelly to respond and settle in after getting whacked versus the Lions. Lee Geon-wook was terrible in a few spot starts in his first two seasons. He posted an ERA of 27.00 and 33.75. Lee didn’t get much work on before getting pulled.
This season has been more pleasant for him, as Lee holds a 4.63 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. However, I don’t know if that’s going to hold, and he wasn’t strong in his most recent start. Lee allowed 7 hits and 5 earned runs versus the NC Dinos on the road. That was only his second start of the season after two appearances out of the bullpen and one other start. Kelly is better than his numbers indicate, while Lee is probably worse than his 4.63 ERA. The Twins should handle business at home.