There are three games on the KBO slate on Wednesday in South Korea. There isn’t much time at all to find room to make a move, but things are so tight from second to fifth that a lot could change. The Doosan Bears, fifth, or KT Wiz, second, are still alive for the second feed. First? That has already been clinched by the NC Dinos.
That grants them an automatic ticket to the Korean Series. The vast majority of clubs who win the regular season title advance to win the Korean series. This is the first time that the Dinos finished atop the KBO standings in franchise history. They started playing baseball in the KBO in 2013, so the Dinos are still a baby compared to some of the other teams.
As far as the Wiz are concerned, the next few days are critically important. There is a big difference between the fifth and second seed. They lost the lead last night in the 8th against the Kia Tigers, and then fought back in the 9th for a 7-6 win. The Wiz have a quick strike offense that pitchers can’t sleep on. Just when you think they’re dead in the water, the Wiz can get a clutch long ball from Mel Rojas Jr. or another one of their mashers.
The Wiz go into Wednesday with a record of 80-6-1. They are tied with the LG Twins for the second seed in the league. It’s anyone’s guess who is going to finish immediately behind the Dinos. We do know who is going to the KBO postseason, though. The Kia Tigers are done for in sixth with a record of 71-69-0. They can begin thinking ahead to next season. In any case, it was a nice effort from the Tigers last night despite the loss.
The Tigers fought in that game, though they had nothing to play for. You can’t blame most of the team in a blown save situation. The offense went down 1-2-3 in the 9th after the pitching staff couldn’t hold in the top half of the frame. The Tigers will look for a better pitching performance on Wednesday. That starts with Hyun-soo Kim who is projected to get the starting nod for the Tigers. Kim has appeared in 14 games this season with 3 starts. William Cuevas will counter for the Wiz. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. Kia Tigers pick for October 28, 2020.
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If the Wiz can get their bats hot at the right moment, they’re going to be a tough team to beat in the playoffs. That begins with Mel Rojas Jr., who recently felt ill, but tested negative for the coronavirus. Rojas is hitting .353 with 46 home runs. It looks like he is going to come up short in his quest for 50, but breaks his previous career-high of 43 long balls from 2018. As a team, the Wiz are third in the KBO with a batting average of .284.
The Tigers have been experimenting with some new starting pitchers down the stretch to give them an audition for 2021. Most of his time has been spent in the KBO minors and in the bullpen. Kim has been better as a reliever than starter, but the Tigers will give him another chance on Wednesday.
In his last two starts on October 7 and October 14, Kim yielded 4 earned runs in each performance for a 15.43 ERA and 3.86 WHIP, and 10.80 ERA and 3.00 WHIP through a total of 5.2 innings of work on the bump against the Eagles and Dinos. He was sent back to the bullpen, where he was able to settle down against the Samsung Lions through 1 inning. Overall, in 27.1 innings of play, Kim has recorded an ERA of 8.23 and 2.41 WHIP.
William Cuevas has been a serviceable member of the Tigers’ rotation in his second season. He’s seen a dip from a 3.62 ERA and 1.17 WHIP last season, but still a solid asset for the Wiz. Cuevas has posted an ERA of 4.14 and 1.27 WHIP through 26 starts in 2020. I’m not overly thrilled with what he’s been doing recently, though.
In three of his last four outings, Cuevas left the game with an ERA above 6.00. Cuevas has yielded 14 earned runs in his last 18.1 innings. He has notched a 4.50 ERA against the Tigers this season. The Tigers are seeing the ball really well right now and should deliver against Cuevas. Maybe he doesn’t get torched, but with a total of just 9, it won’t take much to get this one OVER the posted total.