The KBO make-up portion of the regular season continues on Saturday with three games on the schedule in South Korea. October 30 is the final day of the season, and then we proceed into the postseason in November. If you haven’t been following along in the KBO, they played out a full season instead of butchering it with a shortened season.
That said, the two teams in the World Series deserve to be there. The postseason may have been different under normal circumstances, though. We wouldn’t have had this expanded playoff, but the Rays and Dodgers wouldn’t have needed it to reach the postseason. They would have been in regardless of the format.
The NC Dinos are coming off an ugly performance on Friday against the lowly Hanwha Eagles. The Eagles might be a last-place team, but they didn’t play that role yesterday. Nor did the Dinos look like a first-place club. The Dinos were cut down by a score of 11-6. Drew Rucinski might have felt a little too confident going into that contest. He was an all-star against the Eagles in earlier starts, but didn’t hold up well on Friday.
The Dinos slip to 81-53-4 on the season to give the LG Twins more of a chance to catch them. The Twins draw closer to the Dinos, as they’re going into Saturday with a four-game disadvantage for the lead in the KBO. It won’t be impossible to overcome, but the Twins will need the Dinos to falter some more down the stretch. No Chang-mo Koo for the Dinos helps their cause.
This is the biggest game of the season so far for the Twins. They beat the Dinos on Saturday and the Twins are just three games behind. A loss and it’s back to a five-game deficit. The Dinos might see their lackluster performance on Friday as a bounce-back opportunity today, or a hangover could be on the cards. Mike Wright will get the call for the Dinos on the bump, while Chan-heon Jung is expected for the Twins. Head below for our free LG Twins vs. NC Dinos pick for October 24, 2020.
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Mike Wright has been unable to step up in the absence of Chang-mo Koo. Wright has been struggling with a 4.76 ERA and 1.45 as a rookie in the KBO. By KBO standards, that’s more average than anything, but I think Wright was expecting more in his first campaign in South Korea. He has been getting pushed around recently with 20 earned runs conceded in his last four starts through 17.1 innings of work.
We need to go back to August 14 to locate his most recent performance against the Twins. Wright was touched up for 9 hits and 4 earned runs in 5 innings for a 7.20 ERA and 2.20 WHIP. Overall against the Twins, Wright has recorded an ERA of 8.59 in two starts. In the second outing against the Twins, he conceded 5 hits and 3 earned runs through 2.1 innings on July 11.
Wright left that contest with a 11.57 ERA and 3.43 WHIP, which was his worst start of his KBO career thus far. Chan-heon Jung is having the season of his career. In the KBO since 2008, Jung owns a career ERA of 4.88 and 1.50 WHIP in 344 games. However, he’s been in better form this season, with a 3.36 ERA and 1.29 WHIP through 17 starts.
This will be his first performance against the Dinos this season. He will have to slow down a Dinos team that had a rare off night on Friday. It took them a minute to get going, which is unusual for this offense. The Dinos lead the KBO in runs scored and a sliver behind the Doosan Bears in batting average. They head into this one hitting .291 on the season. Following a lazy performance yesterday, expect the Dinos to get their offense in gear on Saturday.
Jung has been nice in 2020, but he should face problems against the best bats in the KBO. In one start against the Bears, Jung conceded 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 5 innings for a 6.75 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. That’s the best offense that Jung has seen this season, and the most comparable to the Dinos. I’m on the OVER in Changwon at NC Park.