The SK Wyverns and Lotte Giants meet for a date at Sajik Baseball Stadium for what amounts to a meaningless game. At least when it comes to the postseason, anyway. The Wyverns and Giants set up for a strong push late to go into the offseason with some momentum on their side.
This has been a crazy collapse for the Wyverns, who were regarded as a Korean Series favourite last season. The Wyverns finished atop the standings with a record of 88-55-1. They lost the tiebreaker against the Bears, but still in a good position. After the Kiwoom Heroes took care of them, the Wyverns have not been able to recover.
It’s been a hangover of sorts for the Wyverns, who are next to last in the KBO in 2020. From 88-55-1 a year ago to a record of 50-91-1 in the final week of the regular season. The Wyverns have to quickly throw this season into the wastebasket and start preparing for the 2021 campaign. They can certainly approach the offseason like this was an outlier and go into next season with a clean slate.
The Lotte Giants were able to make improvements this season. They were a dumpster fire in 2019, as they notched a record of 48-93-3. The Giants looked to the US to see what they could find at a yardsale and they came across Dan Straily. Straily has played a pivotal role in getting the Giants back to a respectable level. The Giants will go into Tuesday with a record of 69-70-1. That’s not getting them into the postseason, though it’s a step forward and not a step back like the Wyverns.
The Wyverns and Giants can let it all hang out on Tuesday. With nothing to play for, they both can experiment a little at Sajik Baseball Stadium. Ricardo Pinto has been a major flop for the Wyverns in 2020. I was expecting a lot more out of Pinto in his first season in the KBO.
The former Phillie and Ray looks like he might belong in the CPBL in Taiwan or Mexico, but the KBO has been tough for him. 36-year-old Kyung-eun Noh, who started in the KBO in 2003, is a rotation filler at this point in his career. Noh is scheduled to get the nod for the Giants at home on Tuesday. Head below for our free SK Wyverns vs. Lotte Giants pick for October 27, 2020.
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Kyung-eun Noh doesn’t have much left in the tank for his career. He’s a 36-year-old who is just riding out his twilight years and collecting a few more paychecks. That said, Noh had one of his best seasons a year ago, as he recorded an ERA of 4.08 and 1.19 WHIP. He hasn’t finished with an ERA below the 4.00 mark since 2013, but Noh came close to getting it done last season. Through his lengthy 17-year career, Noh owns a 5.15 and 1.52 WHIP in 352 games.
He’s back on the path in 2020, with Noh entering Tuesday with an ERA of 5.14 and 1.37 WHIP. Noh is coming off a disastrous performance against the Wyverns on October 21. He gave up 8 hits and 9 earned runs through 4.1 innings of work for a 18.69 ERA and 2.31 WHIP. Through his last three starts, Noh has registered an ERA of 15 earned runs in 15 innings.
Noh has appeared to check out mentally on the 2020 campaign, but he can’t do any worse than he did in his appearance against the Wyverns last time. That said, I also can’t see Noh being too great on Tuesday. Overall this season, Noh has a 15.19 ERA against the Wyverns. Expect the Wyverns to be able to get their bats working for them in this one. The Giants have had success against Pinto, so perhaps the offense can carry the load, though.
The Giants have touched Pinto up for a 7.40 ERA, though Pinto received nice run support and has a record of 2-1 over the Giants in 2020. Overall, Pinto has been a major disappointment, with a record of 6-15, 6.45 ERA, and 1.82 WHIP. This isn’t at all what the Wyverns expected from Pinto when they signed a former major leaguer. He’s allowed at least 3 earned runs in his last four outings, and just gave up 7 and 11 hits against the Wiz on October 18. I would side towards a high-scoring game, with the OVER a nice option.