The NC Dinos and KIA Tigers were rained out on Thursday, as the Dinos were unable to play to avoid getting swept. With that game postponed, we’ll say that the Dinos got swept* in two games. The final result will have to wait, but the extra day off might be for the better. With the Dinos’ bullpen struggling to hold a lead the day before, a day to freshen up their arms might help for this weekend.
I don’t know if it’s really going to be necessary against the Hanwha Eagles, though. The Eagles were losers again yesterday despite putting up a fight against the LG Twins. They showed signs of life, which is a step in the right direction, but the Eagles need more than that to put a dent in this season.
The Eagles put an end to a record-tying 18-game losing streak on Sunday against the Doosan Bears by a score of 3-2. However, they got right back on the losing track and lost their previous three games. At least the offense got involved on Thursday. The Eagles scored 7 runs, but still ultimately fell by a score of 9-7.
They added 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to at least make the final score a little more respectable. That’s the good news for the Eagle. The bad news is that they’re 9-30 and miles behind the rest of the league. There is plenty of parity in the KBO, but the Eagles are in a league of their own at the bottom.
The Dinos, despite losing two in a row against the Tigers, lead the KBO with a record of 26-11 for a 1.5-game advantage on the Twins. The Twins were beneficiaries of beating up on the hopeless Eagles the past few days, and now it could be the Dinos’ turn. If you’ve been keeping up with the KBO, you’ll notice that the Dinos’ lead in the standings is diminishing rather quickly.
They had a nice comfortable lead just a week ago, and now the Dinos have the Twins breathing down their necks. The Doosan Bears tailed off in the last week, but are still a viable threat to repeat as champions. They’re 22-16 on the season and 4.5 games behind the Dinos. In other words, the Twins aren’t the only team that the Dinos have to concern themselves with. Meanwhile, the Eagles are going to get lapped by the Dinos soon. The Eagles have a staggering 18-game deficit for first in the KBO. It likely won’t get any easier against Koo Chang-mo on Friday. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. NC Dinos pick for June 19, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Eagles don’t do anything exceptionally well. That includes their offense, and now they have to see what happens against ace Koo Chang-mo. Koo’s start was pushed back to today after he couldn’t pitch against the Tigers on Thursday.
The Eagles were surely hoping that they were going to be able to miss Koo this weekend, but tough luck. Koo has been the Clayton Kershaw of the KBO this season and continues to show signs of improvement. The former overall No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft, Koo showed signs of breaking out last year. He notched a 3.20 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 2019 after struggling to get a step ahead in previous seasons.
That was expected of him, and now we’re seeing everything come together for Koo in 2020. He owns a 0.75 ERA and 0.69 WHIP in seven starts, with no more than 1 earned run allowed in a performance this season. In three of his seven outings, Koo blanked the opposition with no runs against. He posted a 1.50 ERA on the road against the Eagles on June 6 for a win. Rightfully so, Koo is a heavy favorite over Kim Bum-soo and the Eagles on Friday.
Kim has been serviceable as a reliever, and is getting the call as a starter today. This is the first start for Kim since last season. He made 45 total appearances, with 16 of them as a starting pitcher. Kim posted an ERA of 5.68 and 1.71 WHIP in 103 innings pitched. Overall in his career, Kim has a 6.22 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in six seasons in the KBO.
As a team, the Eagles are last in the KBO with a team ERA of 6.13. Expect them to have issues against Koo as well. They’re hitting just .235 with 3.3 runs per game, which is last in the league, too. Don’t break the bank on a highly juiced runline here, but if you are looking for an early Friday morning play to be entertained, the Dinos should be worth a gander.