(KBO) Hanwha Eagles vs Samsung Lions - Predictions, Odds & Live Stream
- Hanwha Eagles and Samsung Lions meet in a series for the first time this season.
- Hanwha Eagles look to climb their way out of tenth seed in the KBO.
- A successful series for Samsung Lions could send them to sixth place in the league.
KBO TV and Live Streaming Info
|TV Channel:||ESPN, SPOTV|
|Date & Time:||Wednesday, 24 June 2020; 5:30 AM EST|
|Venue:||Daegu Samsung Lions Park|
|Live Stream:||Watch on ESPN+ here, KBO Twitch Channel, Live stream on DraftKings!|
Game Odds – Hanwha Eagles vs Samsung Lions
Take a look at the latest odds for the Hanwha Eagles vs Samsung Lions match.
|Sportsbook||Hanwha Eagles||Samsung Lions|
|BetMGM (NJ, NV, IN)||+165|
|DraftKings (PA, IN, NJ, IA, WV)||+170|
|888Sport NJ (NJ)||+170|
|BetRivers (IN, PA)||+170|
This is a matchup between the seventh and last place team in the KBO. A good result in this series could help Samsung Lions climb back toward the top five in the KBO, while Hanwha are desperately looking to close the 2.5 game gap between them and ninth place.
Samsung will have home-field advantage in this match, where they are 10-11-0.
A win for Hanwha Eagles would bring them within two games of ninth place.
A win for Samsung Lions could bring them level with sixth-place team Lotte Giants.
Hanwha Eagles Team Notes
|Manager:||CHOI Won Ho|
|Standing:||10-32-0 (10th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: KIM Yi Hwan, JANG Si Hwan, JANG Min Je
Hanwha Eagles currently reside in last place in the KBO table. They are just a couple wins away from taking ninth place from SK Wyverns, so a positive result in this series is crucial. This is their first series against Samsung Lions this season.
Hanwha’s last place standing is in large part due to their struggles at-bat. Not only are they last in the league in team batting average (.233), they are by far the lowest scoring team in the league with 142 total runs – 13 runs less than the next worst scoring team in the KBO.
JUNG Eun Won has only hit a .250 in 41 games this season, but he has collected a team-leading 47 total bases and 15 runs batted in. CHOI Jin Hang is the teams home runs leader, collecting three over his ten matches played. The combination of CHOI and JUNG combined for four RBI’s and two runs in their recent loss to NC Dinos.
Things don’t get better for Hanwha Eagles on the pitching side either. They have the worst-ranked bullpen in the league, allowing a 6.01 ERA over the course of their 42 games played. The Eagles are also leading the league in hits allowed (451) and home runs allowed (53) this season.
Their stable of starters hasn’t always been the most reliable. Warwick Saupold leads the group with 58 innings pitched, a 4-4 record, and a 3.39 ERA. Beyond him it is slim pickings between the likes of KWANG Young Kuk, KIM Min Woo, and KIM Yi Hwan who are all allowing well over a 4.00 ERA this season.
Samsung Lions Team Notes
|Manager:||HEO Sam Young|
|Standing:||20-22-0 (7th in KBO)|
Likely Pitchers: OH Seung Hwan, David Buchanan, CHOI Chae Hung
Samsung Lions find themselves teetering on a precarious point in the KBO table at 20-22-0 and seventh in the league. They’ve split their season down the middle at home and on the road, but will still look to take advantage of home field in hopes of climbing up to sixth place after this series.
Samsung have the slight advantage in the hitting game as they rank eighth in the KBO with a .257 hitting average and are ranked sixth in the league in total runs. They have 39 total home runs on the season but are third-worst in the league in total bases.
Infielder KIM Sang Su is one of their most prolific hitters in the squad. The 30-year-old is posting a .429 on-base percentage over 41 games, good enough for fifth overall in the league. KIM has also batted in 11 runs, collected 26 runs, and stolen five bases through this season.
Where the Lions truly shine is on the mound. While their hitting is average-to-bad, they are ranked third in the KBO in terms of pitching with a 4.37 ERA. Consistency over individual brilliance defines the Lions bullpen, as the team has nine different players posting a sub-4.00 ERA.
David Buchanan maintains his position as one of the Lions’ best pitchers. He’s thrown 49 innings and has allowed only 47 hits, contributing to his 3.62 ERA.
The odds are stacked against Hanwha Eagles and there is little to suggest they’ll be able to overcome Samsung on this day. The Lions have a decidedly better bullpen and their hitters are more than game for the Eagles’ bottom-ranked bullpen.
WSN’s Pick: Samsung Lions def. Hanwha Eagles.