The KBO continues on Saturday with five more games in South Korea. It’s been a while since I took a loss in the KBO, but yesterday wasn’t exactly what I was seeking. The Dinos were unable to win by 2 or even win. The game ended in a 3-3 draw against the KT Wiz. However, the OVER in the Heroes-Wyverns game came through with ease.
We’re back on the KBO grind Saturday with a few picks. The Wiz and Dinos will play the second of their three-game weekend series on Saturday. They both picked up a draw yesterday, but with the Bears and Heroes losing, the Dinos maintained a 5.5-game lead in the standings. The Heroes were in control yesterday and allowed that game to get away from them.
That was a missed opportunity. The Heroes gave up 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th in a game that should have been a win. Never look away in the KBO, though, because these bullpens can let things get out of control in a hurry. The Dinos head into Saturday with a record of 40-19-2. Draws are rare in the KBO, and the Dinos already have two of them. I don’t care for draws, but I care less for putting a runner on 2nd base to begin extra innings.
If the game is still tied after the 11th or 12th inning, then I’d be more open to the runner on 2nd base rule in the majors. Putting a runner on base immediately doesn’t float with me. In any event, we’ll have to live with the new rule and see how it plays out. Fortunately, it will be removed for the postseason. We are inching closer to Opening Day in the majors, which will begin with the Yankees and Nationals on Thursday night.
I may still dabble in the KBO when the Major League Baseball season begins, though our focus will be on the majors soon. Just be forewarned to take it easy out of the gate. Don’t go max betting because baseball is back. Koo Chang-mo may find himself in the majors before his career is done.
Koo, who has been dynamite for the Dinos this season, is scheduled to take the mound on Saturday. The Wiz will counter with Jo Byung-wook. The 22-year-old has some developing to do, but has been good in spots. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. NC Dinos pick for July 18, 2020 in the KBO.
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Koo Chang-mo has been the class of the KBO this season. His most recent start was cut short because of poor weather. The game was called off shortly into the match, so it was a wasted game for Koo. For Koo, the good news is that the game was called off because he didn’t seem to have it in that outing. He gave up 2 quick runs and was out of form compared to other performances.
Koo enters Saturday with a KBO-leading ERA of 1.48 and 0.81 WHIP. He’s allowed more than 2 runs just once out of 11 starts. In his most recent full start, Koo gave up 1 earned run in 7 innings against the Wyverns. The team that hit Koo for more than 2 runs was the Wiz.
They hit Koo for 4 earned runs in 4 innings for his trickiest outing to date. However, earlier in the year, Koo went 8 innings against the Wiz and didn’t surrender a run. I think we’ll see Koo in good form on Saturday at home. In the game he didn’t give up a run, Koo was pitching at NC Park. Overall, in eight out of ten outings, Koo has allowed fewer than 2 runs.
Jo will be making the fourth start of his career on Saturday. It will be his first against the Dinos. He’s coming off a couple of rough performances against the LG Twins and Kia Tigers with 6 earned runs allowed in 9 innings. Jo posted an ERA of 5.40 against the Twins and a 6.75 ERA against the Tigers. The Dinos were fast asleep at the dish yesterday, but I foresee them coming back to life against Jo. With support from Koo on the hill, the Dinos should bounce back to form on Saturday.