The NC Dinos and KT Wiz meet for the second game of their three-game series on Wednesday. The Dinos received a solid performance from Drew Rucinski, who allowed 3 earned runs across 7 innings of work. Then the bullpen was able to hold things down for a couple of innings to secure a 4-3 win. The Dinos were able to advance to 29-12 with the win and a 3.5-game advantage on the Doosan Bears.
The Kiwoom Heroes won last night as well, so they got within 4 games of the Dinos and a half game back of the Bears. They are winners in three of their previous four games, with two wins over the Hanwha Eagles before winning on Tuesday. The Eagles managed to pull off a sizable upset with a 4-3 win. However, the Dinos were able to respond and get back on track for two straight wins. Before the series against the Eagles, the Dinos were rare series losers against the KIA Tigers.
They were unable to prevent getting swept because of a rainout, as the Tigers won the first two games and the series finale getting postponed to another date. The next time out for the Dinos, they defeated the Eagles by a score of 3-1 in an impressive pitching clinic. NC will continue to attract most of the Korean Series future money, but they haven’t looked like the same club who was dismantling the competition early in the 2020 season.
The Dinos are still in the driver’s seat, but they have some competition that is going to give them something to think about. The KT Wiz don’t have the horses on their pitching staff to cause much of a scare for the clubs at the top of the standings. They’re a 18-24 team going into Wednesday, with a 11.5-game disadvantage on the Dinos. It appears they should be able to stay ahead of the SK Wyverns and Eagles, though may find it difficult to get elsewhere with their pitching.
The Wiz are expected to send Kim Min-soo to the rubber for the start on Wednesday. He will get his fourth start of the season after mostly playing out of the bullpen in 2020. It’s been an up and down ride for him so far. On the other side, former Seattle Mariner, Mike Wright, will get the call for the Dinos. The first-year KBO rookie has been steady in South Korea. Head below for our free NC Dinos vs. KT Wiz pick for June 24, 2020. The MLB season has been officially announced, so we’re getting closer to baseball in the US.
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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. The 30-year-old from ECU has posted an ERA of 3.80 and 1.29 WHIP in 45 innings of work across eight outings. He is coming off a brutal start against the KIA Tigers on the road.
Wright was tagged for 9 hits and 7 earned runs for a 10.50 ERA and 1.67 WHIP for by far the worst outing of 2020. 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. After the dud versus the Tigers, expect to see Wright in better form on Wednesday.
If Wright doesn’t have a perfect game, he should still get solid run support from his offense against Kim Min-soo. Kim has struggled throughout most of his career, which began back in 2015. Since then, Kim has notched a career ERA of 5.69 and 1.64 WHIP. The worst part for Kim is that he hasn’t shown any signs of improvement.
It’s just been more of the same for him. He heads into Wednesday with a shaky 7.97 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in 12 games. Kim was able to settle in against the Wyverns in his most recent outing for a 1.80 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. That was the Wyverns, though, and this is the Dinos. The Dinos are hitting .297 runs per game with 6.6 runs per game. Look for Kim to have two or three issues in this one against the Dinos.