Nothing was pretty about what happened on Tuesday for the NC Dinos. The usually sure handed Dinos received a dose of their own medicine. The Dinos lost by a score of 8-2 against the SK Wyverns to open this three-game series at home. They had a serious letdown spot after scoring 18 runs in a 18-7 win against the Samsung Lions.
Having said that, the Dinos are still in control of the KBO with a record of 18-6. The LG Twins suffered a loss as well, so the Dinos maintain a two-game lead in the standings. With the win for the Wyverns, they’re at 8-16 and catching up after a dreadful start to their season.
The Wyverns have passed the Hanwha Eagles to get out of the basement in the KBO. They’re two games behind the KT Wiz and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them jumping ahead of the Wiz soon. The Wyverns peppered Lee Jae-Hak early, as he was tagged with 3 earned runs right out of the gate.
That set the tone for the rest of the game and the Dinos didn’t offer much effort in fighting back. It’s unlike the Dinos, but even the best teams can have days where they don’t want to be there. Credit Moon Seung-won who had a tremendous day on the road against a difficult Dinos’ offense. He held them to 3 hits and 1 earned run in 6 innings at the office.
That was the only earned run given up by the Wyverns on Tuesday. On the road against a solid Dinos team that isn’t too easy to do. Doing it twice in two days is going to be even more difficult. The Dinos will send out Choi Sung-young to produce a response for the Dinos at NC Park. Korean baseball games are typically pretty wild and filled with great fan support.
It’s not on the same level as football in Europe, but the energy in the crowd trends in that same direction. In other words, road teams are getting a break playing in what is usually a hostile environment. That said, the Dinos can be way better than they were last night. The last time that the Dinos lost badly, they responded for a 18-7 win a day after losing 9-1. Could we see a similar story unfold today? Head below for our free SK Wyverns vs. NC Dinos pick for June 3, 2020 in the KBO.
SK Wyverns vs. NC Dinos KBO Baseball Betting Odds:
SK Wyverns vs. NC Dinos Prediction:
The SK Wyverns are heading in the right direction, and it would be awfully impressive if they can keep their momentum going at NC Park for two straight days. The Wyverns were the much better team in all facets of the game on Tuesday. They’ll have to deal with Choi who has been pitching quite well for the Dinos thus far in 2020. He had a tough go of it in 2016 and 2017 with ERA’s of 9.53 and 5.88. However, Choi has been trending in the right direction since last season. He posted an ERA of 3.94 with a 1.55 WHIP, and looked good in his first appearance of 2020.
Choi was sharp with a 2.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 3.1 innings on the bump. He gave up 1 earned run and was ultimately given a no-decision for his effort. I’m looking for the offense to come through with a strong performance after how lifeless they were last night, though. The Dinos are third in the KBO with a batting average of .292 and 6.4 runs scored per game. Conversely, the Wyverns are next to last with a batting average of .245, though they have been playing better recently.
Lee Geon-wook will get the nod for the Wyverns on Wednesday. He was terrible in his first two seasons, appearing in just one game with a 27.00 ERA and 3.00 WHIP in 2016 and a 33.75 ERA and 5.25 WHIP the following season. In one start and two appearances out of the bullpen, Lee has been solid with a 1.04 ERA and 0.69 WHIP. While Lee has been pitching well, expect to see a different Dinos team on Wednesday after that lifeless performance yesterday. I’m on the Dinos to respond in a big way over the Wyverns at NC Park on Wednesday.