The Samsung Lions blasted the SK Wyverns for a 7-1 win on Wednesday at Samsung Lions Park. After scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st, the Wyverns responded with a solo jack in the 2nd, but that was the only competitive aspect of the contest. The Lions took control from there, as they scored 2 in the 4th and then 3 in the 6th to put the game out of reach.
Give credit to the Lions’ David Buchanan who bounced back in terrific fashion. Buchanan went the distance and pitched all 9 innings to allow just 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run. He was hit hard in his previous outing, but was able to calm down and pitch a stellar game on Wednesday. That should get his confidence back.
With the win, the Lions are at their best point in the season with a record of 26-24. They fought hard to get above .500 and now look to get well past that. The Lions have won seven of their previous nine games and are looking up now after a slow start. I think they’d really like to get the loss on June 25 back against the Hanwha Eagles.
Other than that, though, the Lions have been in fine form and can sweep the Wyverns today. The Wyverns are about a half step better than the Eagles, so it’s nothing to get excited over, but winning the easier games add up by the end of the season. Too many losses against inferior opponents will hurt come the time to decide playoff teams.
With the Lions’ pitching, they can make a case to get into the playoffs as a late seed. The Tigers stole a win against the Eagles yesterday in the 9th, so they stayed a game back in the standings. The Lions have a 1.5-game advantage on the Lotte Giants for sixth in the KBO. They are expected to call on Won Tae-in for the start Thursday.
The 20-year-old has been efficient in his second season in the KBO. By the looks of it, Won has a bright future ahead of him. 25-year-old, who has shown immense improvement, will follow for the Wyverns on Thursday. Head below for our free SK Wyverns vs. Samsung Lions pick for July 2, 2020 in the KBO.
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The sophomore, Won Tae-in, got his feet wet last season with 20 starts for the Lions and held up serviceably. As a rookie, Won posted an ERA of 4.82 and 1.41 WHIP in 112 innings pitched. It wasn’t great, but something to build on for him. Won has appeared to work hard in the offseason to get his numbers up. Most pitchers in the KBO do not get a full grasp of things in the first season, so he gets a free pass in 2019.
The fact that the Lions gave him 20 starts suggests that they were confident in Won as a rookie. He heads into Thursday with an ERA of 2.96 and 1.34 WHIP in nine starts. Won has yielded more than 2 earned runs in just two appearances this year. He’s coming off a really solid performance versus the Lotte Giants on the road. Won gave up 5 hits and 1 earned run in 6.2 innings against the Giants. At home in 2020, Won has been terrific with a 2.13 ERA in five outings. He has yet to allow more than 2 earned in any start at Samsung Lions Park.
The Wyverns are dead last in the KBO with a team batting average of .237 and 179 runs for 3.6 runs per game. Expect to see Won pitch a strong agame against the Wyverns here. The onus is going to be on Lee Geon-wook to keep the Wyverns competitive in this one. Lee could be able to do just that. In his third season in the KBO, Lee has been breaking out with a 2.78 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.
Lee has allowed 1 or no runs in six of eight showings in 2020. He’s coming off a standout performance against the LG Twins on June 26. Lee didn’t give up a run, nor did he allow a hit for a 0.00 ERA and 0.50 WHIP. The Lions are eighth in the KBO with a team batting average of .260. The total looks too high here. All of the value is on the UNDER at this number.