The NC Dinos and Hanwha Eagles meet for the first game of a three-game weekend series at Life Eagles Park in Daejeon. The Dinos erupted against the SK Wyverns for a 10-0 win on Thursday to wrap up their series at home with a dominant performance. It was the second win in a row for the Dinos against the Eagles, as they won two out of three games for the series win. The Wyverns woke the Dinos up after a 8-2 game in the first matchup. They responded for a 8-6 and 10-0 win. The Dinos aren’t going to win every game this season, naturally, but the way they respond is more important.
The Dinos head into Friday with a terrific record of 20-6. That’s the best mark in the KBO. They lead the LG Twins who advanced to 17-9 with a 11-0 win over the Samsung Lions on Thursday. The Dinos likely aren’t going to be able to cruise all the way through this season and not have to worry about anyone else, but they’re the clear front-runner to win the KBO in 2020.
For a team that has played so well this season, you’ll be surprised to know what the Dinos haven’t won a championship before. However, this is a franchise that just started playing ball in 2011. Come back in 20 years and the Dinos will likely have several Korean Series championships to talk about.
They’ve had two bad losses recently, 9-1 against the Lions on May 30 and 8-2 against the Wyverns on Tuesday. In both instances, the Dinos were able to bounce back in a big way. That’s what good teams do. The bad teams allow things to snowball into much worse. The Hanwha Eagles know too well what that means. They’re 7-20 going into this series for dead last in the KBO. That has them a mile behind the Dinos by 13.5 games.
The Eagles only Korean Series championship was in 1999. They won league championships in 1989 and 1992. The Dinos have a break because they haven’t been playing for a long time. In the future the Dinos will likely have more championships than the Eagles after playing for that amount of time. Head below for our free NC Dinos vs. Hanwha Eagles pick for June 5, 2020 in the KBO.
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The NC Dinos will send out Mike Wright on Friday against the Eagles. This is his first season in the KBO after failing to catch on in the major leagues. As a 30-year-old, this is his last chance at making an impact in one of the major baseball leagues. Wright has been holding up well thus far. He has made five starts and has been pitching well in his first season in South Korea. Wright owns a 3.21 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 28 innings.
He has allowed 22 hits and 10 earned across that time on the bump with the Dinos. His worst performance was against the Eagles on May 24. He gave up 4 earned runs in 6 innings. However, Wright didn’t allow a lot of runners on the bases. A couple of bad mistakes resulted in 4 runs. Wright gave up just 2 hits and 2 walk, but one long ball ruined what could have been a solid performance. He left the game with a 0.67 WHIP, though a 6.00 ERA wasn’t ideal for his numbers. That said, the offense backed Wright and he was still able to get a win.
The Eagles will counter with Jang Shi-hwan, who is a veteran in the KBO since 2007. He’s been serviceable, but a 5.49 ERA and 1.70 WHIP isn’t going to get any attention. This season has been on pace to be one of his worst in a while. Jang has a 6.93 ERA and 2.11 WHIP going into Thursday. He’s surrendered 34 hits, 18 walks, and 21 runs in 24.2 innings. In 5 innings against the Dinos this season, Jang allowed 4 earned runs and 6 hits for a 7.20 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. The 7-20 Eagles are unlikely to keep up with the Dinos in this contest on Friday.