The NC Dinos and LG Twins will wrap up their three-game series at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on Sunday in Seoul. The Dinos and LG Twins played to a 6-6 draw yesterday, which was the first tie of the year in the KBO. If you’re new to the KBO, yes, ties are possible. A tie at the end of 12 innings will result in a draw.
After the Dinos scored 3 runs in the top of the 8th, there were no more runs scored for the rest of the game. Ties are rare but they do happen. Major League Baseball wants to speed up games and new rules for extra innings have been floated around. After much debate, they’re going with a runner automatically starting on 2nd base in extra innings.
The way I see it, that extra inning rule is pretty lame. Sac bunt a speedster over from 2nd to 3rd, sac fly, boom game over or it’s all tied up again. Not much of a thrilling conclusion. Having a player that is an exceptional bunter, and a fast player ready for extra innings will be important. The first time you lose a bet because of the new extra innings format you’re going to hate it as well. I already don’t like it before even losing a wager.
I also don’t like ties so I’m a bit more traditional when it comes to this rule. If there’s any season to experiment this is the one, though. It’s likely not going anywhere in the future. How I described things playing out above, with the sac fly situation is exactly what I see happening often unfortunately. Starting the inning with an out would be even better than 0 outs and a runner on 2nd.
Back to the KBO in South Korea, though, where the Dinos and Twins will play their final game of this series on Sunday. The Dinos won the opener by a score of 12-2 on Friday. It wasn’t much of a contest with the Dinos winning by 10 runs. The Dinos will send out their ace, Koo Chang-mo for the finale.
If there’s any Korean with a chance to go up a class to the major leagues, Koo has to be that guy. He’s only a 23-year-old, so don’t expect him to be going over to North America any time soon, but there’s a chance in the future, if he keeps this up, someone will take a chance on him. The Twins are scheduled to give Kim Yun-sik the start on Sunday. Head below for our free NC Dinos vs. LG Twins pick for July 12, 2020 in the KBO.
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There will be nowhere else for Koo Chang-mo to go, but up if he continues at the pace he’s currently going at. Koo heads into Sunday with a perfect record of 8-0 and 1.48 ERA 0.81 WHIP. He had a bit of a breakout campaign last season, with a 3.20 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 23 games. This was after he got off to a rocky start in his first three years as a pro. There is absolutely no turbulence for Koo now, though.
He’s been on fire and has allowed fewer than 3 runs in 10 of 11 performances. Koo has only had one bad start, which came against the KT Wiz on June 25. He allowed 4 earned runs and it was out of character. Koo was able to respond with 3 earned runs yielded in his previous 14 innings of work.
Kim Yun-sik had a rough go of it in his first start against the NC Dinos today. He lasted just 1.1 innings in relief after getting hit for a 6.75 ERA. Overall this season, it hasn’t been a picture perfect season for the young 20-year-old rookie. He’s only a rookie, so we’ll have to wait and see if he develops. Kim has a 7.24 ERA and 1.68 WHIP and is assigned a very tough matchup against the 39-17-1 Dinos on Sunday.
He has primarily operated out of the bullpen, with nine appearances and one start. In his only start of his career, Kim gave up 9 hits and 5 runs for a 7.20 ERA and 2.20 WHIP versus the Heroes. I have my doubts that Kim will be able to keep up with Koo on Sunday. Backing the best pitcher in the KBO against a wild rookie looks like a good idea here.