The Hanwha Eagles and NC Dinos will be out at NC Park for the rubber-match of this three-game weekend series. Wait, rubber-match between the Eagles and Dinos? Yes, if you missed what happened yesterday, the Eagles found the upset over the Dinos by a score of 4-3 on the road.
Excellent win for the Eagles and awful loss for the Dinos. I did say yesterday that the Eagles are going to be good for an upset here and there. Just don’t expect it to happen too often. The Eagles advanced to 10-31 on the season, which puts them a ridiculous 18 games behind the Dinos for first in the KBO. In other words, settle down Dinos’ fans, everything is going to be A-OK.
While everything is going to be alright for the Dinos, they have regressed since going on a monster run to open the season. I liken it to what the Rakuten Monkeys did in the CPBL. They were miles ahead of the competition, but hit an ugly dose of variance and now things are a lot closer. For the Dinos, a 5ish game lead in the KBO has been cut down to 2.5 games in just over a week.
They’ve looked a lot more beatable, with losses in three of their last four games. That’s not to say the Dinos should be ignored now. However, the Dinos aren’t going to be able to cruise to a Korean Series title as easily as it looked earlier in the season. Parity is strong in the KBO despite one team, the Eagles, miles behind the rest. They are 3.5 games away from the SK Wyverns to get out of the basement of the KBO.
Two wins over the Dinos on the road would be quite an accomplishment for the Eagles. It likely won’t make a difference by the end of the season when all of the wins and losses are added up for the playoffs. However, regaining just a small bit of confidence would go a long way for locker room morale for the Eagles.
The Eagles will depend on Kim Min-woo to have a strong performance on Sunday in the series finale. He’s been iffy, but had a pretty solid effort against the Dinos in his first outing against them in 2020. The Dinos will give Kim Jin-ho his second start of the season on Sunday. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. NC Dinos Pick for June 21, 2020.
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Kim Jin-ho presents a nice opportunity for the Eagles on Sunday. He is a 22-year-old rookie that recently made the first start of his career. Kim was touched up for 4 hits and 3 earned runs in 4.1 innings for a 6.23 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. He also allowed 3 walks to set up plenty of dangerous situations to get out of.
Things could have been worse than 3 earned runs and a 6.23 ERA for Kim. He did get some run support in that outing, though, so was able to pick up a no-decision instead of a loss. There’s a decent chance of the Dinos’ offense waking up on Sunday against Kim Min-woo of the Eagles, so the Eagles may need to get some runs on the board. It’s unlikely they can rely on 4 runs for a win in this spot.
Min-woo handled the Dinos pretty nicely on May 23 in their first meeting. It was an off day for the Dinos’ offense, as they scored just 2 earned runs on Min-woo. Having said that, Min-woo had to escape plenty of jams that he did manage to get out of. The Dinos recorded 7 hits and 3 walks in 5.2 innings to give Min-woo a 1.76 WHIP. In a typical game versus the Dinos, Min-woo likely doesn’t get as lucky.
He needed 103 pitches to put in just 5.2 innings of work. Overall, he has a 5.23 ERA and 1.33 WHIP heading into Sunday. Overall in his career, Min-woo owns a shaky 6.66 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in six years of service. He had a 6.52 ERA and 6.75 ERA the past two seasons across 32 starts. Since pitching well versus the Dinos, Min-woo has gotten torched for 15 earned runs in his previous three outings for a combined ERA of 13.34. Expect the Dinos to have the offense working on Sunday. There should be ample opportunities for runs at NC Park on Sunday.