Tuesday was not a good day for some of the best clubs in the KBO. The Dinos, Heroes, and Bears all lost. The first-place Dinos watched a 3-0 evaporate, with the KIA Tigers scoring 6 runs from the 6th to 8th inning to hit the bullpen hard. Usually the Dinos are on the opposite end of something like that happening. At least this season, where they’ve been the best team in the league up to this point. Whether that continues remains to be seen, but the Dinos have looked a whole lot more betable since getting their 25th win on the season.
The Dinos were the quickest team since 1992 to record 25 wins in a season. Since then, though, they’ve been rather average and are losers in three of their previous four games. After getting torched by the Kiwoom Heroes, 18-5, the Dinos responded for a solid 9-5 victory. However, the Dinos weren’t able to gather much confidence, as they regressed right back yesterday with a 7-4 loss.
Drew Rucinski was fine enough, with 4 hits and 3 earned runs allowed in 6 innings. The bullpen didn’t offer much help. Kim Chiang-min gave up 2 earned runs without getting an out, and that was ultimately the difference. The Dinos are hoping that they can avoid some hard variance after a red-hot opening stanza in 2020. They can’t look at what the Rakuten Monkeys did in the CPBL. It could be a repeat of what happened to the Monkeys in Taiwan. The Monkeys were unbeatable early on, but have since stabilized.
In any event, the Tigers were impressive yesterday behind a clutch offense and efficient bullpen. Aaron Brooks wasn’t perfect, with 6 hits and 3 earned runs surrendered in 5.2 innings. But the Tigers’ relievers came to his rescue and came up big with just 1 run allowed in 3.1 innings. With the win, the Tigers advanced to 20-17 on the season. They’re still a considerable distance away from the Dinos, though. The Dinos are in a good spot at 26-10, with a 3-game lead for first and 6.5 up on the Heroes. Mike Wright will be called on to get the Dinos back on track Wednesday. Head below for our free NC Dinos vs. KIA Tigers pick for June 17, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Tigers will need another lockdown performance by their bullpen to get out of this one with a win. It’s unlikely that the pen will be set-up with as good of a chance to get a win with Lee Min-woo on the bump. The Tigers benefited greatly with Aaron Brooks, who has been solid this season, with holding things down early.
He wasn’t perfect, but the Dinos have made things difficult on plenty of starting pitchers this season. Things could have gotten away from the Tigers quickly. That might be what happens now that they go down the rotation and land on Lee. He owns an ERA of 5.09 and 1.30 WHIP on the season. Lee has gotten hit hard for 12 earned runs in his last two games, across 10 innings of work.
Conversely, the Dinos will rely on the reliable Mike Wright. Wright possesses an ERA of 2.77 and 1.23 WHIP as a rookie in the KBO. The former Baltimore Oriole has felt comfortable immediately in South Korea, and is on pace to have a really good season as a first-time pitcher in the league. He’s allowed 3 or 4 runs in just two of seven starts this season.
Wright has not given up more than 4 runs so far in his career in the KBO. Navigating the road hasn’t been a problem for him. He has allowed 3 or fewer runs in all four outings, with fewer than 2 runs in three of those starts. With Wright getting the nod as the starter in this matchup, he should be able to guide the Dinos back to the win column on Wednesday.