An army of dinosaurs that had no trouble meeting wizards on the road to the Korean Series. The NC Dinos are undefeated this fall, but the KT Wiz, who have the best starting lineup in the league, are a difficult opponent.
Ahead of the first round of the playoffs (PO) on the 30th, both teams released the PO roster through the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) on the 29th. As expected, KT excluded Kang Baek-ho. He previously felt pain in his side during his own Cheongbaekjeon match on the 26th, and as a result of the examination, he was diagnosed with damage to his right internal oblique muscle. On the other hand, NC maintained its entry during the semi-PO against SSG Landers. Lee Jae-hak, who was hit on the back of his hand by a batted ball, and Do Tae-hoon, who was hit on the forearm by a pitch, were also listed.
Both teams also announced the starting pitchers for Game 1 on the same morning. KT put forward William Cuevas. Cuevas, who joined the team as a substitute last June, played a pivotal role in the team’s rebound with 12 wins, no losses, and an ERA of 2.60 in 18 games. He was one of the most impressive foreign pitchers in the league this season, along with Doosan Bears Raul Alcantara.
The problem is that the opponent is Eric Peddy. NC announced that Peddie, who had been out of action throughout the postseason after being hit in the arm by a batted ball at the end of the regular season, would be the starter for the first game on the 30th. Although there are concerns about a decline in game sense due to the injury absence, in objective matchups, there is no pitcher who can surpass ‘triple champion’ Peddie.
Conversely, if KT wins the first game, there is a high possibility that the series will be easily resolved. If you remove the pedi, the difference in mound depth is significant. KT’s starting rotation is recognized by everyone as the best in the league. Even behind Cuevas, Ko Young-pyo, Wes Benjamin, and Eom Sang-baek are maintaining exclusion. It is difficult to see that the rear door is loose. Pil Seung-jo, led by Park Young-hyun, Son Dong-hyun, and Kim Jae-yoon, is at the national team level.안전놀이터
NC is worried about selection. I’m especially worried about Tanner Turley. He collapsed in both games he appeared in this postseason. In the wild card game against the Doosan Bears, he gave up 5 runs in 4 innings, and in the 3rd semi-PO game against SSG, he performed poorly by allowing 5 runs in 2 innings.
On the contrary, NC has a slight advantage in the composition of the field team. Young players, where the atmosphere is important, have gained momentum, and veterans such as Park Geon-woo and Son A-seop are also outstanding. KT is disappointed with the bad news of Kang Baek-ho’s injury. Kang Baek-ho was strong in the fall, with an all-time postseason batting average of 0.347.
Regardless of the situations of both teams, there is a high possibility that the team that wins Game 1 will advance to the Korean Series. In the past 32 POs played in a best-of-five series, the team that won the first game had a 78.1% chance of advancing.