KBO Deep Dive
May 12th, 2020
KBO Deep Dive
*** This article will update multiple times leading up to lock! Make sure to check back. I will try to be very consistent with update times with the first update coming between 8:00 & 9:00 PM
The first week of the KBO is behind us, we move into week 2. The KBO has 10 total teams, they take Monday’s off, and all 10 teams are in play against each other tonight. There aren’t any weather concerns we do have some wind and we have some strong wind blowing out. Lotte is projected to have a wind blowing out at 18mph, 12mph at Dinos stadium and LG and Hanwha home ballparks the wind is double digits and blowing from left to right. Lotte is the only undefeated team remaining in the KBO and faces the Doosan Bears who have been a perennial power in the KBO and are just 3-2 thus far. There is also some good pitching to target on this slate with a host of ex-mlb players to talk about.
Kia Tigers (2-4)
Hanwha Eagles (2-4
KT Wiz (1-4)
NC Dinos (4-1)
Doosan Bears (3-2)
Lotte Giants (5-0)
SK Wyverns (1-4)
LG Twins (2-3)
Samsung Lions (2-4)
Kiwoom Heroes (5-1)
Kia Tigers – Aaron Brooks (0-0 1.73 ERA)
Hanwha Eagles – Min Woo Kim (0-0 6.59 ERA)
KT Wiz – Omar Despaigne (0-0 1.50 ERA)
NC Dinos – Drew Rucinski (1-0 0.00 ERA)
Doosan Bears – Raul Alcantara (0-1 4.50 ERA)
Lotte Giants – Won Sam Jang (0-0 0.00 ERA)
SK Wyverns – Nick Kingham (0-1 3.86 ERA)
LG Twins – Woo-Chan Cha (1-0 1.50 ERA)
Samsung Lions – Ben Lively (0-1 6.00 ERA)
Kiwoom Heroes – Eric Jokisch (0-0 1.80 ERA)
*I will continue to update this leading up to lock.
1. Doosan Bears
2. LG Twins
3. Kiwoom Heroes
4. Kia Tigers
5. SK Wyverns – I have a hard time with this pick, I want to list the Dinos and if you’re going deep in a GPP add the Dinos in right behind SK. SK is facing Woo Chan Cha, watching his last start and looking at footage of him pitching, we are hoping that he gets wild and SK (who’s been in good spots so far this year, but hasn’t delivered) brings out the boom. Contrarian play in GPP’s!
Aaron Brooks, Omar Despaigne, Drew Rucinski, Raul Alcantara, Nick Kingham, Ben Lively and Eric Jokish have all seen MLB time. Each pitcher has one start under their belt this season in the KBO. Lets break this down!
Aaron Brooks – Kia Tigers SP ($7500DK – $21FD) Brooks comes in as the second cheapest pitching option on FD and he’s facing the Hanwha Eagles. Brooks is coming off a ND after going 5.2 innings and striking out 6 in his previous start against the Heroes. The Eagles have been a bad team in the KBO in recent history.
Odrisamer Despaigne – KT Wiz SP ($8200DK – $22FD) Thus far, the Dinos have been my favorite team to stack. Despaigne comes into this game, against the Dinos, off of a solid outing his last time out, striking out eight over six innings and allowing just one run. The previous outing was against the Lotte Giants. Based of everything I had researched prior to his last start, Despaigne did what he should have done against a team that has been very bad for a very long time. However, Lotte is currently the sole undefeated team in the KBO this season. The only thing I do not like here about Despaigne is that he is facing the Dinos. Given his K upside, his 6 years of MLB experience, and price tag on FD, I think he is worth getting exposure too, hoping he goes 6 strikes out 5-8 and allows less than 3 runs.
Eric Jokisch – Kiwoom Heroes SP ($8700DK – $25FD) Jokisch is an ex-mlb player as are the two previously mentioned SP on this slate. Jokisch is also a veteran of the KBO having put together a strong season last year. Last year Jokisch featured a 3.31 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. In his first start this season he went five innings and gave up one run. Samsung has pretty much been the punching bag of the KBO thus far. I think Jokisch will garner plenty of ownership given his last start, previous experience in the KBO and he’s pitching against Samsung. Don’t put it past me to use Jokisch and also use him as a leverage spot to stack against with Samsung in this spot.
Drew Rucinski – NC Dinos SP ($9200DK – $26FD) Rucinski had a solid start in his opening start this season; His first start of the year came against none other than the Samsung Lions. Like Jokisch, Rucinski pitched in the KBO last year, he also featured a 3.05 ERA. I definitely want exposure to Rucinski in Large Field GPP’s tonight, but how much, im not quite sure yet. Check back on this one.
Nick Kingham – SK Wyverns ($7900DK – $24FD) Kingham is another former MLB pitcher on the bump in the KBO tonight. (Bare with me, I interpret tonight as being the time frame prior to me going to bed, no matter what time that may be, in this case after lock 2:30am being tomorrow…) Kingham’s biggest problem is that he couldn’t keep the ball in the yard when he was an MLB pitcher. Kingham pitched 21 innings last year for Toronto and 34.1 innings for Pittsburgh, 12.15 HR per 9 and an ERA of 5.58. In Kingham’s MLB Career he pitched 131.2 IP giving up 89 ER and 29 gopher balls. Tonight he faces the LG Twins, and to be honest, I’m not sure what to do with Kingham tonight, he’s going to have to show me he can pitch in the KBO. In his previous start this year, Kingham went 7 innings giving up 6 hits, 3 ER and did not allow a HR while striking out 4. That looks great but that start was against Hanwha Eagles, a team thats really, really bad. Kingham could be a guy who just needed a scenery change and a developmental year and took better money than a AAA contract to do it.
Woo-Chan Cha – LG Twins SP ($7700DK – $20FD) Cha was really tough in his previous outing this season and against a really good team in the Doosan Bears. Cha went 6 innings, gave us 7K’s and allowed only 1 Earned run. My gut tells me I want the LG side of this game, the LG bats against Kingham and Cha against the Wyverns.
Won-Sam Jang – Lotte Giants ($4000DK – $22FD) Lotte is going to see their perfect record come to an end tonight. Won-Sam Jang should not be in consideration AT ALL tonight.
Aaron Brooks Vs. Hanwha Eagles – Should be the chalk here.
Woo-Chan Cha Vs. SK Wyverns – Im not sold on SK bats yet. Cha was really good in first outing.
Nick Kingham – I don’t like his MLB number… AT All. Leverage play, I think low ownership and higher ownership with the Twins. On Paper, the LG Twins could light him up.
Ben Lively – Light your hair on fire and take a shot. One start this year, against the Dinos, upside, facing Kiwoom, the best offense in the league really. This is 100% Contrarian and a leverage play.