It’s a doubleheader day in the KBO on Thursday with four early games in South Korea. Four of five games were rained out yesterday, so it’s going to be a full day of action in the KBO beginning at 2:00 a.m. EST. This isn’t like MLB doubleheaders where there is a bit of a break between games. In the KBO, they start playing the next game just about right after the first, so there isn’t any waiting around for players.
Bullpens that got worked in the first game, might have some trouble later on in the next contest. It’s something worth keeping an eye on. I couldn’t possibly write up a column for a pick that quickly, so I’ll put it out there. The KBO is moving along nicely, while the NPB in Japan is off and running.
Major League Baseball is now the only major baseball league in the world that isn’t playing. MLB, NPB, and KBO represent the three elite leagues in the world. With the NPB and KBO off the ground, everyone is waiting for the start of the major leagues. The official start date is scheduled to begin a 60-game schedule on July 23 or July 24. The players were angling for 70 games. I was hoping for 70 games, but 60 games will have to do. The Yankees and Dodgers are favored to lead the MLB in wins.
There is no out negotiating the owners when they hold most of the power. It could be a bit of a mess with players having to be quarantined, and possibly entire games having to be axed if a team can’t go. The Covid-19 situation is under control in Japan and South Korea, so positive cases among players and staff are unlikelier than in the US.
The main barometer is hospitalizations with respect to severity, though teams can’t have Covid-positive players suiting up regardless if they’re asymptomatic or not. A KBO player was tested for Covid-19 a couple of weeks ago because of a high fever but the results came back negative.
That’s the only coronavirus scare I’m aware of in the KBO. The NC Dinos haven’t looked sick for the vast majority of this season. However, they’ve looked more beatable over the last two weeks, which included a loss against the lowly Hanwha Eagles over the weekend.
The Dinos lost two out of two games versus the KIA Tigers and then won two of three against the Eagles. They’ll send out Mike Wright, who was scheduled to pitch yesterday, for the starting nod. The Eagles will opt to go with 23-year-old Bae Je-seong. Head below for our free NC Dinos vs. KT Wiz pick for June 25, 2020 in the KBO.
NC Dinos vs. KT Wiz (Game 1) KBO Baseball Betting Odds:
NC Dinos vs. KT Wiz Prediction:
Mike Wright gets pushed back to Thursday where he’s expected to make the ninth start of his KBO career. The Dinos made a nice signing by bringing Mike Wright over to South Korea. He’s been a steady producer for the Dinos as a rookie in the KBO, and has already been successful against the Wiz once. The 30-year-old, who played at ECU in East Carolina, has posted an ERA of 3.80 and 1.29 WHIP in 45 innings of work across eight outings. Wright is coming off a start that he’d wanted to forget about versus the KIA Tigers.
Wright was rocked for 9 hits and 7 earned runs for a 10.50 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. That was by far the worst outing of his career in South Korea so far. Otherwise, Wright has been fairly solid and consistent. He was a force against the Wiz in his first start against them on May 13. The Wiz were held to 5 hits and 1 run in 6 innings of play. Wright left the game with a 1.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. After the turbulent effort versus the Tigers, expect to see Wright in better form for this one.
Bae Je-seong needs to get back on track against the Dino. After a promising start to the 2020 campaign, Bae has been getting abused on the bump. He’s allowed at least 4 earned runs in three of his previous four outings, and a total of 12 earned runs in his last 8.2 innings of work. Going back to a May 31 start against the Kiwoom Heroes, Bae has yielded 19 runs in 21.2 innings, along with 25 hits and 12 walks. The Dinos are hitting .297 with 6.6 runs scored per game. That’s the most runs scored in the KBO going into Thursday. It should be a good game, but look for the Dinos to pull away late on the road for the win in the first of two games today.