The KBO closes out the weekend with five games on the schedule Sunday. One is a matchup between the LG Twins and the Kiwoom Heroes, which will also represent the featured Showdown contest. Let’s break down how things might play out for both sides.
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Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices.
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Kiwoom HeroesThe most expensive player on either team is Heroes starting pitcher Eric Jokisch ($11,400). After struggling to make his mark coming up through the minor leagues, Jokisch joined the KBO and the Heroes in 2019. While he didn’t miss a ton of bats with his 7.00 K/9, he did record a 3.13 ERA that was supported by a 3.28 FIP. His WHIP checked in at an excellent 1.13 and he kept hitters inside the ballpark, allowing 0.45 HR/9. He’s carried over his strong debut into this season, allowing two runs (one earned) and recording 11 strikeouts across 11 innings in his first two starts.
The Heroes haven’t exactly been a stellar offensive team out of the gate. They’ve scored the third-fewest runs in the league while hitting only eight home runs across their first 11 games. They do still have the dangerous ByungHo Park ($10,200), who hit a combined 76 home runs over the past two seasons. While his .205 batting averaging in the early going is a disappointment, he’s been a bit unlucky based on his .250 BABIP. To put that into perspective, he had a BABIP of .386 and .302 the past two seasons, respectively.
Another high-priced slugger on the Heroes who is off to a slow start is Ha Seong Kim ($9,400). After batting .307 with 19 home runs and a 142 wRC+ in 2019, he’s started off this season by hitting .143 with one home run and a 25 wRC+. His BABIP of .156 has certainly been a drag, but considering he’s never batted below .281 in a season in which he has played at least 129 games, expect him to turn things around sooner rather than later.
In terms of cheap hitters to consider, Keon Chang Seo ($6,600) might be worth a look. After batting .300 with a .372 OBP last season, he’s off to a bit of a slow start by batting just .225. However, he does have at least one hit in eight of their 11 games. With left-handed pitcher Woo Chan Cha ($10,600) set to start for the Twins, we could also see Taek Keun Lee ($4,400) in the lineup for the Heroes. The veteran might not bring a lot of power to the table, but he has hit at least .306 in four of the past five seasons.
LG TwinsCha seems a bit pricey given his past performances. While he looked good in his season debut, he allowed four runs across six innings in his last start against the Wyverns. He wasn’t lights out last season, either, posting a 4.12 ERA and recording just 6.6 K/9. He has also recorded a WHIP of at least 1.43 in three of the past four seasons. Based on those numbers, don’t be surprised to see a heavy dose of Heroes hitters in Showdown lineups.
The Twins’ hitters find themselves with an uphill battle against Jokisch. Given that the tough lefty will be on the mound and the Heroes’ hitters will have a potentially easier foe in Cha, this might not be the time to deploy left-handed-hitting Hyun Soo Kim ($10,000) in your entry. Rolling with the right-handed-hitting ByungHo Park against Cha for only $200 more could prove to be worthwhile.
Another risky Twin to deploy could be Keun Woo Jeong ($8,200), who is the second-most expensive hitter on the team. He posted just a .323 wOBA last season and has carried over his struggles this season with his .306 wOBA to start off 2020. On the injury front, the Twins could be without Min Sung Kim ($8,000), who left the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with a thigh injury. That could result in more playing time for Seung Hyun Baek ($4,000).
In search of some right-handed hitters to consider on the Twins, Eun Sung Chae ($6,200) is a viable target. His 25 home runs in 2018 certainly look like an aberration considering he came back down to Earth with 12 home runs in 2019, but he can still provide value. He has recorded a wOBA of at least .363 in three of the past four seasons and he’s off to a good start in 2020, batting .278 with nine runs scored and 10 RBI through 10 games.
THE OUTCOMEGiven the starting pitcher mismatch, the Heroes are set up nicely to come away from this game with a victory. In terms of options for the Captain’s Pick, ByungHo Park ($15,300 CP) stands out given the matchup against Cha. Eric Jokisch ($17,100 CP) is also a viable option, but he’ll come at a significantly higher price tag.
Final Score: Heroes 8, Twins 3
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