Following a successful series over the Doosan Bears, the NC Dinos welcome the Kiwoom Heroes to NC Park for a three-game weekend series. The Dinos won two of three games against the Bears, who are the closest thing to a threat that they’ve had in 2020. They’re coming off a 7-5 win on Thursday.
The Bears were able to make things interesting late in the 8th inning, but a 3-run home run wasn’t enough. They turned a 7-2 game into a 7-5 final, so at least the Bears were able to make it a respectable score. The Bears had 5 out left to tie the game or take the lead, but the Dinos held strong and didn’t allow a 7-2 lead to evaporate completely.
The Dinos are in a comfortable position right now with a record of 25-7. They’re the only team in the KBO with a win percentage above 70%, and they are closing in on 80%. The Bears and Twins trail the Dinos by 5 games with records of 20-12. I don’t think the Bears are going anywhere, but the Dinos look above everyone else at the moment.
Two games ago that definitely wasn’t the case, though. The Dinos were blasted by a score of 9-1. But like most good teams in sports, they know how to bounce back and respond. Bad games like that are inevitable for any team. They face a decent challenge this weekend against the Kiwoom Heroes.
I’ve liked what I have seen from the Heroes this season, but they might need something more in their rotation. Adding an elite KBO arm to their rotation would put them over the top. There isn’t enough from their pitching staff that gets me very excited, though. In any event, they could be a bit of a dark horse that sneaks up later in the regular season. Head below for our free Kiwoom Heroes vs. NC Dinos pick for June 12, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Heroes will lean on Lee Seung-ho to have a strong performance Friday. There hasn’t been much in the way of strong outings for Lee thus far. Lee, who has been in the KBO for three years, and became a full-time starter last season. As a rookie, Lee posted an ERA of 5.60 and 1.47 WHIP in 32 outings as a reliever and 4 starts.
He followed up with a 4.48 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 2019. Every appearance by Lee last season was as a starter. In 23 starts, Lee notched an ERA of 4.48 and 1.51 WHIP. That was something to build on, but Lee hasn’t been building anything this season.
Lee has appeared in six games this season, with an ERA of 7.39 and 1.68 WHIP in 28 innings of work. He’s allowed 23 earned runs and 33 hits. Lee has given up 17 earned runs in his last three games alone, which is across just 13.1 innings. One of those games was against the Dinos on the road. He exited the contest following 6 innings with a 6.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Lee took the loss in that one, and he might be up for another loss on Friday against who might be the best pitcher in the KBO.
Koo Chang-mo, who has been unhittable this season, is expected to get the call for the Dinos. Koo has been almost perfect in six starts this season. He has notched a 0.66 ERA and 0.77 WHIP across 41 innings of work. The former No. 3 overall pick in the KBO draft in 2015, Koo has given up an amazing figure of only 3 earned runs. He hasn’t allowed more than a run in any outing so far.
In his first start against the Heroes in 2020, Koo was sharp with a 1.29 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 7 innings. He allowed a run and 3 hits, with Koo being awarded the win. In 15 innings at home, Koo has surrendered only 1 run. The Heroes are a good team, though this is going to be a difficult task. Expect a 7-4 or 6-3 win for the Dinos at home on Friday to get this series started against the Heroes.