Samsung Lions vs. SK Wyverns - 8/20/20 KBO Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Samsung Lions vs. SK Wyverns - 8/20/20 KBO Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

SK Wyverns vs. Samsung Lions

KBO Baseball: August 20, 2020 at 5:30 am

The Line: Samsung Lions -165 / SK Wyverns +135 -- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The SK Wyverns and Samsung Lions meet Thursday morning in South Korea KBO baseball action at the Incheon SK Happy Dream Stadium.

The SK Wyverns need a win here after losing 26 of their last 41 games. The SK Wyverns pitching staff has allowed four or less runs in 18 of their last 43 games. In their last effort, Choi Jeong and Lee Heung-ryun combined for five hits and eight RBI while Lee Geon-wook allowed four runs and six hits in five innings of work. The SK Wyverns have lost 37 of their last 56 games overall. Baek Seung-geon gets the ball tonight for the SK Wyverns.    

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The Samsung Lions need a victory here after losing 15 of their last 21 games. The Samsung Lions have allowed five or more runs in 11 of their last 21 games. In their latest effort, Park Hae-min and Kim Dong-yeop combined for three hits and two RBI while Ben Lively allowed six runs and four hits in five innings of work. The Samsung Lions have lost 20 of their last 30 games overall. David Buchanan gets the ball tonight for the Samsung Lions.

The Samsung Lions have won six of the last nine meetings against the SK Wyverns. Ten of the last 12 meetings between the Lions and Wyverns have produced single-digit run totals.

Baek Seung-geon has a 8.44 ERA and 2.25 WHIP this season through 16 innings, and he's allowed eight runs and 10 hits in his last seven innings. Baek Seung-geon has a 5.09 ERA in 35.1 KBO career innings. David Buchanan has a 3.70 ERA and 1.23 WHIP this season through 109.1 innings, and he's allowed one run and seven hits in his last 14 innings. The Samsung Lions have won five of the last eight games Buchanan has pitched. Both of these teams have been in full struggle mode the last couple of weeks, but it's quite clear who has the edge on the mound in this one. The Samsung Lions should like their chances.

I'll side with the Samsung Lions, and I'll take the RL to shave down an expensive ML price.


Randy’s Pick Samsung Lions -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.