The NC Dinos got back on track yesterday with a 3-0 win over the Hanwha Eagles. It was a textbook win for the Dinos, as Drew Rucinski pitched a gem across 8 innings of work. He allowed just 4 hits before exiting to hand the ball over to closer Won Jong-hyun who took care of 3 outs.
It was not the case the day before, as the Dinos suffered a letdown after a successful road trip against the Doosan Bears. They were coming off a 12-6 win over the Bears and had a long bus ride home to play the Eagles the next day. Tired legs hurt their cause, but with a bit of rest in their own beds, the Dinos responded the next day for a 3-0 victory.
The Dinos lead the KBO with an impressive record of 13-3. The 5-3 loss against the Eagles on Friday isn’t totally indicative of how their season has gone. Even the best teams are going to suffer letdown spots. The Dinos got that one out of their system and hopefully have their eyes set on another win Sunday.
With the loss, the Eagles slipped to 7-10 on the season. They’re looking for their first Korean Series championship since 1999. It’s unlikely the drought is going to come to an end this season. The Eagles went 58-86 last season and failed to make the playoffs for the 11th time in the last 12 years. They reached the playoffs in 2018 and haven’t done anything otherwise.
The Eagles have had some good wins in their portfolio this season, but they’re going to be few and far between. They are currently 8th in the KBO and probably not going to get much further than that. Fans of the Eagles should not expect too much out of them this season. That’s not to say they aren’t going to be good for an upset here and there and still have an entertaining season.
Could it happen today? Of course, but it’s not going to be easy against Mike Wright. The former major leaguer has been lights out so far in the KBO in 2020. He’s coming off three very strong outings in the first three starts of his career in South Korea. The Eagles will counter with Jang Shi-hwan who has been anything but efficient. Head below for our free Eagles vs. Dinos pick for May 24, 2020 in the KBO.
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Mike Wright seems to be liking his life in South Korea so far. The 30-year-old, who spent the brunt of his major league career with the Orioles, is on fire to open his career in the KBO. Wright has allowed just 3 earned runs across 16 innings of work in 2020. That equates to a 1.69 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over the first three starts of his career in South Korea. He struggled in AAA in the Mariners organization last season. Wright notched a 5.28 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. That’s all it took for him to get his walking papers. The KBO came calling and here he is with one of the best teams in the KBO.
Wright posted a record of 10-12 with an ERA of 6.00 and 1.56 WHIP in 110 games in the major leagues. He’s hoping that the KBO offers greener pastures. So far so good for Wright, and he is on a team with a solid pitching staff across the board. The Dinos are 1st in the KBO with a team ERA of 3.16 in 148.1 innings of work. They are 3rd in the league with a collective batting average of .283. Conversely, the Eagles are 8th with a batting average of .258. The Eagles have scored an average of just 3.7 runs per game, while the Dinos have scored 5.8 runs per contest.
The Dinos should be able to do more damage than that against Jang Shi-hwan in this contest. Jang had a lot of problems in his first three starts of 2020. He has allowed 12 earned runs and 13 hits in 15 innings of work for a 7.20 ERA and 2.33 WHIP. In his KBO career that began in 2007, Jang has a career ERA of 5.47 and 1.69 WHIP in a total of 248 games. Jang was pounded in his last matchup against the Dinos at NC Park. He gave up a total of 8 runs in 4.2 innings for a 7.71 ERA. Hitters found their way to the bases often, as Jang notched a 2.57 WHIP in those 4.2 innings. The Dinos should be able to record a comfortable win here by 2 or more runs on Sunday afternoon.