The KT Wiz and NC Dinos are in business at NC Park on Friday. They will get this weekend series started with both teams coming off wins on Thursday. The Dinos blew out the Kiwoom Heroes, 9-1, to avoid a rare sweep. Kiwoom won the first two games, and the Dinos were able to respond for a big showing yesterday.
The Dinos throttled the Heroes for a 9-1 victory. They had a 7-0 lead by the 4th inning and cruised from there. A run in the 9th inning by the Heroes spoiled a shutout for the Dinos, but other than that, it was a blemish free game for the Dinos. We were on the Dinos in that one, so it was good to see.
On the other side, the Wiz handled the Hanwha Eagles with a 4-1 win. They won two out of three games, with a 7-2 win and 7-3 loss in the other games. That sounds about right for the Wiz. The Wiz can look like world beaters one day and losers the other.
Their record of 31-30 kind of spells that out perfectly. It’s been an up and down season for them. They’re too dependent on their offense to be much of a serious threat, though. Like we saw yesterday, their offense can show up on occasion, but not enough. And that was against one of the worst hitting teams in the KBO.
Things are going to be a little different today against the dangerous NC Dinos. The Dinos are clear of the Doosan Bears and Heroes by 5 games. That is a comfortable lead, though a lot can change in a hurry when it comes to baseball. In any event, the Dinos look like the class of the KBO, with the most well-rounded roster in the league.
From their starting rotation to their lineup, the Dinos are filled out nicely. We’ll see if they budge at the trade deadline or hold. Some depth for their bullpen is the only improvement that I can note. However, that goes for every team in the KBO. The bad teams don’t have many good relievers, and the better teams are unlikely to part with a quality member of their bullpen.
The Dinos are scheduled to give the ball to Mike Wright to start this game. He’s been solid for the Dinos in 2020 and will look to continue producing on Friday. The Wiz are expected to counter with So Hyeong-jun. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. NC Dinos pick for July 17, 2020 in the KBO.
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Mike Wright has been holding up well for the Dinos this season. As a rookie in the KBO, Wright has looked fairly comfortable in his first season in South Korea. Wright has a 3.92 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 12 games. It’s something to improve on, but there hasn’t been too many complaints regarding Wright so far with the Dinos.
He’s a nice complement to Koo Chang-mo and Drew Rucinski who are the class of the Dinos’ rotation. The most promising thing for Wright heading into Friday is the fact that he’s had success against the Wiz twice already this season. In two starts across 11 innings, Wright has posted an ERA of 1.64 against the Wiz. He likely won’t have to pitch that well with a weak Wiz pitching staff on the other side.
So Hyeong-jun is an 18-year-old rookie that has had some trouble getting going in 2020. It’s been a feeling out and learning process for So as a rookie. He has a 6.23 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in ten starts. So hasn’t had an outing with an ERA below 3.00 since June 3, which was six starts ago. He has yet to pitch against the Dinos in his career.
The Dinos got hot yesterday and it will likely carry over against the young So on Friday. They are hitting .291 and have scored the most runs in the KBO with 386 runs. The Wiz are next to last with a team ERA of 5.34. Their bullpen hasn’t been able to offer much help. If So gets into trouble early, this game could really take a bad turn for the Wiz. I think the price on the Dinos runline is reasonable enough for a bet.