The NC Dinos will be looking to avoid getting swept against the KIA Tigers on Thursday. The Dinos have been the team doing the sweeping in 2020, but they’re in a rare spot on Thursday where they need a win just to salvage the series with a win. They’ve already lost with two straight losses on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kudos to the Tigers for stepping up against a club that were playing like a juggernaut for the first month of the season. The Dinos were the first team in the KBO to record 25 wins in their first 32 games since 1992. That was about when things went astray for the Dinos.
The Dinos have lost four of their last five games and look beatable all of the sudden. In their matchup last night, the offense looked like they were going to save the day, but quickly gave it all back in the next half inning to lose the 1-run lead. The Tigers ultimately protected that 7-6 lead in the 9th inning, and grabbed two straight wins over the first-place Dinos.
Despite the shot of reality to the Dinos recently, they’re still leading the KBO with a 2-game advantage on the LG Twins. That lead is getting slimmer and slimmer, though. They no longer have a comfy cushion over the competition. What turned into a 5+ game lead for the Dinos, is a lead that is getting pretty tight now.
Keep in mind that the Twins are playing the Hanwha Eagles again on Thursday. The Eagles are terrible in every sense of the word. No hitting, no starting pitching, and no bullpen. In other words, the Twins are heavy favorites over the Eagles and should win on Thursday. With another loss by the Dinos and win for the Twins today, then the Dinos have only a game advantage. The Dinos will turn to ace Koo Chang-mo.
Koo might be the top ace in the KBO. He may very well have the best numbers by the end of the regular season. Heading into Thursday, Koo is atop the KBO. If there’s anyone to get the Dinos out of this funk, it’s going to be Koo. Drew Gagnon, who hasn’t been bad in his own right, is expected to get the starting nod for the Tigers. Head below for our free NC Dinos vs. KIA Tigers pick for June 18, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Dinos are getting a lot out of Koo Chang-mo in 2020. Expected to have a breakout campaign this season, Koo has been delivering and in search of the top spot in the KBO. The former No. 3 overall pick in the draft in 2015, Koo is building on a solid 2019. He was efficient with an ERA 3.20 and 1.18 WHIP, as everything started to click for him after struggling to get going in his first four seasons.
Koo has posted an ERA of 0.75 and 0.69 WHIP in seven starts this season. He has yet to give up more than 1 earned run in any of those outings. In three of the seven performances, Koo hasn’t allowed a run in 20 innings of work. Expect a big performance from Koo, as he steps up and gets the Dinos heading in the right direction again.Drew Gagnon will be called on by the Tigers to produce a solid effort and get his team a sweep. Gagnon has been good, but he might need to be better than good with Koo on the bump. Gagnon has been rock solid with a 3.57 ERA and 1.07 WHIP as a rookie hurler in the KBO.
However, Gagnon has been getting touched up recently by his opponents, as they’ve gotten to him for 9 earned runs in his previous 17 innings pitched. That’s 5 more runs than Koo has allowed in total this season. Gagnon has either been on or off in starts. He’s allowed 3 or more earned runs in four of seven outings, but on fire in the other three. With what should be a hungry Dinos squad on the other side today, look for them to get the win and avoid getting swept on Thursday.