The SK Wyverns and Lotte Giants will meet for the second of three games on Saturday at Sajik Baseball Stadium. The Wyverns’ offense woke up on Friday for 7 runs in a 7-4 win. We haven’t seen the Wyverns have a day like that in a while, but they tend to appear here and there. It doesn’t take away the fact that the Wyverns are a 15-36 team with a terrible win percentage of 29.4%. With the Eagles showing some form of competitive fight recently, the Wyverns might have to look over their shoulders.
The ultimate embarrassment for the Wyverns would be getting passed by the Eagles. If you are new to the KBO, the Wyverns are a team that tied for first in the league last season with a record of 88-55-1. In other words, they are in danger of going from first to last in a year. The Eagles were terrible last season as well, so their start hasn’t been a surprise. However, the Wyverns regressing as hard as they have has been a head turner.
There is still time for the Wyverns to make something out of this season. Make something out of it as in claw back and finish with a respectable record in 2020. That said, finding a way back to .500 is going to be difficult. The Wyverns must take it one game at a time. With the win last night, the Wyverns ended a five-game losing streak. They were swept by the Samsung Lions, but started this series out on a positive note.
The Lotte Giants were red-hot to open the year. They started out the 2020 campaign with an edge on the competition, but have since stabilized. Their Korean Series odds shot up thanks to that nice start, though there has to be some buyer’s regret going around. The Giants head into Saturday with a record of 23-26. They looked like a Korean Series contender for about two weeks and that’s all.
It’s not like the Giants have completely tanked, though. They’ve just stabilized and go back and forth now. The Giants are currently on a three-game losing streak with two losses against the NC Dinos and one against the Wyverns. They will send out Seo Jun-won to the bump for his tenth start of 2020. He had some trouble as a rookie last year, but has been in good form as a sophomore. Kim Joo-han is scheduled to get the starting nod for the Wyverns. Head below for our free SK Wyverns vs. Lotte Giants pick for July 4, 2020.
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The Wyverns have typically struggled at the plate this season. It’s been difficult for the Wyverns to find runs. They are dead last in the KBO with a batting average of .239 and just 188 runs scored in 51 games. That’s good for an average of 3.7 runs scored per game. Only the Eagles have scored fewer runs per game than the Wyverns. They will have to deal with Seo Jun-won out of the gate on Saturday. Seo has shown improvements from his rookie campaign. He posted an ERA of 5.47 and 1.60 WHIP as a rookie in 2019. His numbers have dropped to a 3.88 ERA and 1.34 WHIP going into Saturday.
Seo has allowed fewer than 4 runs in six straight performances. After getting rocked against the KIA Tigers on the road, Seo has really settled in nicely. Seo has yielded 5 earned runs in the previous 15 innings. It’s not perfect, but certainly nothing wrong with that. In his last four starts at home, Seo has allowed 6 earned runs. The only really bad spot he had at home was against a dangerous Doosan Bears early in the season on May 13. Seo should be able to handle the Wyverns in this matchup on Saturday.
Kim Joo-han goes into today with an ERA of 5.73 and 1.73 WHIP. That’s consistent with his overall efforts in his career. He has notched a 5.53 ERA and 1.54 WHIP five seasons in his career, across 125 games of work since 2016. Kim isn’t awful, though he has had a rough go of it on the road, which was against the Giants at Sajik Stadium. He lasted just 0.1 innings on the road after Kim was hammered against the Giants for a 27.00 ERA and 3.00 WHIP on the road. This looks like a spot where the Giants are in a good position to respond after a poor effort Friday.