The NC Dinos look to stay focused and healthy as the gear up for the Korean Series. They clinched the regular season title over the weekend, which provides them with an automatic ticket to the finals. Some may not like the auto-bid to the championship, but I happen to like the format.
It provides a terrific incentive during the regular season to finish atop the standings. In a league when only five teams go to the postseason, it’s a pretty nice idea. This is the first time that the Dinos won the KBO regular season title. Only seven years into playing in the KBO, and the Dinos have already taken over as the most dangerous team in the league.
The Dinos are ripe for an upset, though. If they lose in the Korean Series I wouldn’t be too surprised. Their ace and leader, Chang-mo Koo, fractured his forearm about a month ago. That evened things out a little. Koo left the rotation with an ERA of 1.55. Note that Koo is expected to be ready for the postseason, but is he going to be pitching at 100%? Can the Dinos press him through a full game?
We’ll have to wait and see, because right now, the Dinos just gave him a spot appearance out of the bullpen on Saturday. He gave up a home run in his brief time on the hill. The Dinos hope to have him in playoff mode soon, but they will have to be cautious with rushing him back to the bump. The Dinos have nothing to play for until the Korean Series, but would like to post a better effort than last night beforehand.
The Dinos were smacked by the Samsung Lions, as they suffered a 12-2 loss at home. They checked out and weren’t there mentally in that game after clinching the regular season title. For that reason alone, I should have jumped on the Lions.
After that wake up call, the Dinos should have more motivation to play better on Wednesday, though. Myung-gi Song is expected to get the nod for the Dinos, while Young-kwan Choi counters for the Giants. Head below for our free NC Dinos vs. Lotte Giants pick for October 28, 2020.
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There was clearly zero focus for the Dinos yesterday against the Samsung Lions. The Lions are not going to the postseason, and they were the team excited to earn a momentum building win going into the offseason. The Dinos were still nursing their hangovers from winning the KBO regular season title. I think we should see a different Dinos team on Wednesday, though.
Despite playing for nothing now, the Dinos don’t want to go into the Korean Series with no confidence or momentum. 20-year-old Myung-gi Song took it on the chin in his first experience in the KBO last season. He appeared in two games and was throttled for a 9.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP through 3 innings of work. Song wasn’t ready for the KBO, but he seemed to work hard in getting himself in shape for this season.
Through 35 games in 2020, Song has been effective with an ERA of 3.81 and 1.32 WHIP. For a young 20-year-old, there’s nothing wrong with that at all. Note that Song has conceded 2 or fewer runs in four of his previous five outings. He hasn’t given up more than 3 earned runs since September 19. I’m not expecting Song to pitch a perfect game in this one, but he should be fine enough to give the Dinos’ offense to go to work against Young-kwan Choi.
Choi owns a 6.82 ERA and 1.81 WHIP through 92.1 innings in four years. He’s been seldom used this season, and will only be making his first start of the year today against the Dinos. Choi has appeared as a reliever in five games and recorded an ERA of 6.75 and 2.10 WHIP. In his most recent outing, Choi gave up 4 hits and 3 earned runs in 1.1 innings for a 20.25 ERA and 3.00 WHIP. Following a dreadful performance yesterday, expect the Dinos to put forth a better effort on Wednesday.