We have another full slate of South Korean baseball action on Friday. If you’re reading this from North America, then all five matches are scheduled to take place at 5:30 a.m. EST and 2:30 a.m. PST. It’s not the most convenient times, but if you’re desperate for quality baseball, then you’ll find a way to get up early or pull an all-nighter on the west coast. Most legal sportsbooks in the US are on-board with the KBO and have signed up to offer odds.
I like the CPBL just as much, albeit with poorer pitching, but it’s difficult to find odds from the Taiwanese league if you’re playing with an app in Nevada or other states where they have mobile betting set-up. However, the KBO has been one of the most hot ticket items in sports betting now. Table tennis and Korean baseball will dominate the betting handle throughout May. That’s not including racebooks, which are doing quite nicely during the major sports shutdown in North America.
We were able to hit out second KBO winner on Thursday, as the Doosan Bears erupted for a 9-3 win over the LG Twins. After the Twins tied the game up at 3 runs apiece in the bottom of the 4th inning, the Bears pulled away from the Twins for a 9-3 win. The pitching was fantastic for the Bears other than that trouble spot in the 4th, Chris Flexen allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs across 6 innings, while the bullpen held the fort down with no runs allowed.
The Twins leave their series against the Bears with a win in two games. They dropped the final two games, and head into their series against the NC Dinos without much momentum. The Dinos on the other hand, have plenty of momentum after sweeping the Samsung Lions. The Dinos made it look easy again on Friday for an 8-2 win.
They had wins of 4-0, 4-3, and wrapped up the sweep with a 8-2 victory yesterday. Dangerous team that could compete for a championship. NC might find it a bit tougher today against Tyler Wilson. Wilson, who is entering his second-year in the KBO, is coming off two really strong seasons. We’ll see if it carries over into another successful campaign in 2020. The Dinos will counter with Lee Jae-hak who had a fairly productive 2019 as well. Head below for our free LG Twins vs. NC Dinos pick for May 8, 2020 in the KBO.
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The 30-year-old Tyler Wilson has proven to be a solid signing for the LG Twins. He’s spent two years in the KBO with the Twins, and both seasons showed that the Twins made the right move in giving Wilson a chance. Prior to playing in the KBO, Wilson spent time with the Baltimore Orioles in the majors.
Wilson appeared in 42 from 2015 to 2017 with the O’s. He owns a career ERA of 5.02 and 1.44 WHIP, which included 19 starts in Baltimore. His final season was rough, as Wilson posted a 7.04 ERA, and ultimately his demise in MLB. That isn’t to say he hasn’t found success overseas.
Wilson notched a 3.07 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in his first season in South Korea. He followed that up with similar production, as Wilson tossed a 2.92 ERA and 1.16 WHIP the following season in 2019. Wilson recorded a record of 14-7 a season ago, and continues to show that he can be the ace of this club. In his final two outings last season, Wilson didn’t allow a run across two starts for 13 innings of scoreless baseball. In his final four starts, he had a cumulative ERA of 1.02, so Wilson was really starting to feel it and get comfortable.
Lee Jae-hak showed signs of improvement last season, as he improved on a 4.79 ERA from 2018. Lee improved considerably, as his ERA shot down to 3.75 in 24 games. He’s been able to steadily improve the past three years, with a 5.67 ERA in 2017 to a 4.79 ERA the following season and then a 3.75 ERA last year.
The Twins’ offense was cold the last two games, having scored just 5 runs in 18 innings of work. Following the 8 runs they scored in the season opener, they’ve struggled at the plate, and will likely have to rely on Wilson on Friday to carry them to a win. It’s not a big bet by any means, but the UNDER between the LG Twins and NC Dinos on Friday looks like a decent option.