The KBO enters their make-up period for rained out games. The rest of the schedule from October 20 to October 30 will be used to finish off the rest of the regular season from matches that were previously scheduled but had to be postponed. Most days aren’t going to have a full five-game schedule, so if you’re wondering why, it’s because this is a ten-day make-up phase.
There is going to be a furious battle for the second seed in the KBO. The No. 1 spot seems to be the Dinos, as they hold a five-game advantage over the LG Twins for top honors in the league. There is still time for a team to catch up to the Dinos, but it’s going to be a tough chore.
The Dinos lost their star pitcher about a month ago after fracturing his forearm. Chang-mo Koo, who has to be on Major League Baseballs’ radar, was unhittable on the bump before an injury took him out of commission. With Koo in the rotation, the Dinos would easily have the most fearful pitching staff in the playoffs.
On the flip side, the playing field is evened out a little more without a healthy Koo. The last time the Dinos were on the diamond it was an ugly affair against the Lotte Giants. They were blasted by a score of 9-2 to prevent a sweep. Despite having a five-game lead in the standings, the Dinos have looked beatable in October.
They’ve lost eight of their last 11 games, so some would argue they might have peaked too early. It goes beyond Koo being out of the rotation. He doesn’t pitch everyday, so others have to look at themselves and play better baseball.
In any event, the Dinos won their last series and looked much better than they were through the first two weeks in October. Hopefully the poor performance from Sunday against the Giants doesn’t travel with them to KIA Champions Field.
The Tigers lost two of three games against the Twins over the weekend, though avoided a sweep with a 4-0 on Sunday. They are 3-5 in their last eight games going into Tuesday. The Tigers need to get red-hot down the stretch or there will be no postseason. They’re currently 5.5 games behind for the fifth and final spot, so it’s not looking so good for them. Head below for our free NC Dinos vs. Kia Tigers pick for October 20, 2020.
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The Dinos will send Myung-gi Song to the bump on Tuesday on the road. The 20-year-old sophomore has shown improvement from last year. He posted an ERA of 9.00 and 2.00 WHIP through two games and 3 innings. The Dinos didn’t give him much work, but it was clear his command wasn’t there and they sent him back down.
He’s been in much better control this season, as Song goes into Tuesday with an ERA of 3.99 and 1.36 WHIP through 34 appearances. That said, he’s been mediocre recently with 8 hits and 5 earned runs allowed in his last 10 innings.
In his previous 10 innings against the Kia Tigers, Song has conceded 6 hits and 5 earned runs. Song was primarily used as a member of the bullpen, but because of injuries to their pitching staff, he’s had to pitch as a starting hurler.
If Song isn’t perfect on Tuesday, their offense should still be able to do some damage in this contest. Tigers’ Hyun-shik Jang has gotten rocked against the Dinos for an ERA of 18.00 through 2 innings. This will only be his second start of the season after pitching out of the bullpen for 34 games.
In his only start on September 25, the KT Wiz beat him up for 15.43 ERA and 3.43 WHIP through 2.1 innings. Song just saw the Dinos on October 15 as a reliever. That didn’t go too well, as the Dinos got to Jang for 3 hits and 3 earned runs with just 1 out recorded. He’s a 25-year-old veteran with seven years of experience.
Through 181 games, Song owns a 5.70 ERA and 1.59 WHIP, so the Tigers aren’t really using Song as a starter because they necessarily want to. You have to believe that there will be plenty of runs on the scoreboard in this one, hence a look at the OVER is likely worth it.