The KBO is back on Tuesday from their regular day off on Monday. The CPBL on the other hand is once again going to find it difficult to play baseball with rain pounding Taiwan again. Sunday saw a window with sunny skies, but it appears to be another rainy week in Taiwan. Changwon in South Korea is expected to be clear.
There shouldn’t be any problems with bad weather at NC Park. The Dinos will play host to the Kiwoom Heroes to get the week started on Tuesday. They are leading the KBO with a record of 14-3 for a three-game advantage on the LG Twins.
The Dinos are coming off a 10-5 win over the Hanwha Eagles on Sunday. It was a slow start for the offense, but they opened things up in the 6th inning, as they went on to score 7 runs from the 6th to 8th. The Eagles showed some fight and battled back to make it interesting, but couldn’t keep up with the top-ranked Dinos.
Mike Wright was adequate for the Dinos. He could have been better, with 4 earned runs allowed across 6 innings of work. The bullpen really came through for the Dinos yet again. They allowed just 1-run to hold the Eagles at bay. In a sport that often comes down to which bullpen is better, the Dinos have that aspect of their game covered.
I don’t know if you want to crown the Dinos too early, though. They have looked good, yeah, but there’s still a lot of baseball left to be played this season. The Doosan Bears, LG Twins, and Kiwoom Heroes are all willing challengers. I’d be skeptical of the Lotte Giants. I was when they went on that terrific winning streak to open the season, and now they’re sitting at 9-8.
Considering what they did last year, with a record of 48-93-3, anything above .500 would be a major step forward, but they are not Korean Series contenders just yet. The Dinos are on a solid path. The Heroes will try and get the upset on the road against the Dinos on Tuesday. They will send out Lee Seung-ho who has a tough matchup against Koo Chang-mo of the Dino. Koo has been red-hot and could prove to be too tricky for the Heroes today. Head below for our free Kiwoom Heroes vs. NC Dinos pick for May 26, 2020 in the KBO.
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The NC Dinos have seen plenty of promising signs from starter Koo Chang-mo. Koo has been off to a hot start for the Dinos. As Koo navigates through his fifth season in the KBO, the 23-year-old showed signs of great improvement in 2019. He posted a 5.35 ERA and 1.58 WHIP, and brought that all the way down to a 3.20 ERA and 1.18 WHIP the following season. Koo looks ready to take an additional step forward in 2020. It’s only three starts, but he has shown a lot of good stuff on the bump. Koo heads into Tuesday with a 0.41 ERA and 0.55 WHIP in 22 innings of work.
He has allowed just 1 earned run and 8 hits in those 22 innings. The Bears at home were the only club to score a run on Koo. He went 8 strong innings in that outing to guide the Dinos to a big win on the road. Koo also quited a good KT Wiz offense for no runs prior to that performance against the Bears. In other words, Koo has been doing it against good offenses and not just picking on the weak bats in the KBO.
The Heroes will counter with Lee Seung-ho who has been very average. He owns a 4.91 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, which is just about consistent with his career ERA of 4.79 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. In his third season, and second season as a full-time member of the rotation, Lee has some room to grow. In his last performance against the Dinos, Lee was throttled for 3 earned runs and 4 hits in 2 innings.
That added up to a 13.50 ERA and 3.00 WHIP for Lee. He’s going to have to be ten times better than that against the Dinos with Koo on the bump for the Dinos. Lee should be better than a 13.50 ERA, but will likely run into problems against a Dinos’ offense that is hitting .289 at the dish. Overall, the Dinos’ pitching staff is holding up well, too. They are 1st in the KBO with a team ERA of 3.26. If the Dinos want to play on Tuesday, they should get a win here by 3 runs.