The KBO Wild Card between the Kiwoom Heroes and LG Twins was pushed back after a rainout over the weekend. This is a *two-game series between the Heroes and Twins. The KBO has an interesting format for the Wild Card. If the fourth-place team wins today, in this case the LG Twins, they automatically advance to the semi-final.
However, if the Heroes win, they force the second game and it will be down to Game 2. As a result of the game being postponed, there could be a scheduling change for the playoffs. Everything will be pushed back if the Heroes win and we need a second game to decide the Wild Card, though a Twins win and everything holds.
We knew for a while who was going to the KBO playoffs. It was not an interesting race to decide who was playing November baseball, and who was staying home. The Kia Tigers were the first team out and they didn’t come too close to sniffing the playoffs. They finished with a record of 73-71-0, while the Heroes were 80-63-1 in the regular season. It was really tight for the second seed, though, and the battle to avoid this Wild Card showdown.
The KT Wiz ultimately won out to take second by a half game over the Doosan Bears and Twins. The NC Dinos are waiting in the wings for one of those four teams. They were granted an auto-bid to the Korean Series after finishing first in the regular season. That’s how the KBO works. First gets a free ticket to the championship. The Dinos most certainly deserve it. They were by far the best team in the regular season.
If you’re new to the KBO, Heroes’ Addison Russell should be a familiar name. The former All-Star and World Series with the Cubs is trying to rejuvenate his career in South Korea with the Heroes. It hasn’t gone well for Russell and I don’t think it’s as easy as he expected. Russell is hitting .253 with 2 home runs in 64 games. That’s not how to get back into the major leagues. He hasn’t helped the Heroes be a better team. In fact, they might have been better prior to signing him. Head below for our free Kiwoom Heroes vs. LG Twins pick for November 2, 2020.
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The Heroes will give Jake Brigham the starting nod on the hill in this must-win situation. It comes down to Brigham for the Heroes. If Brigham doesn’t show up for this one, then their season is going to be over after one postseason game. Brigham has been a consistent producer for the Heroes this season. He has registered an ERA of 3.62 and record of 9-5 this season.
Note that Brigham is in good form entering Monday, as he’s conceded just 2 earned runs in his previous three starts across 7 innings of work against the Doosan Bears and Hanwha Eagles. Prior to that stretch, Brigham had allowed 7 earned runs in two games against the Kia Tigers and SK Wyverns. He was able to get perfect just at the perfect time going into the postseason.
However, his best success hasn’t come against the Twins this season. The Twins have been one of his biggest obstacles in 2020. Brigham has posted an ERA of 5.74 and record of 1-2 in three starts against the Twins this season. He’s conceded 10 earned runs through 15.2 innings of work versus his opponents for today. Conversely, Casey Kelly has been in sharp form against the Heroes with a perfect record of 3-0 and 1.42 ERA.
Kelly has allowed 3 earned runs through 19 innings of work against the Heroes this season. Overall, he’s had another good season following a terrific debut as a rookie in the KBO a year ago. Kelly posted a 2.55 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 2019, and has been solid again for a 3.32 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. I give the nod to the Twins to win and prevent this series from going to a second game.