KBO Round Up: May 7, 2020
Greg Jewett goes around the KBO and gives you the best hitting and pitching performances to be aware of for DFS purposes
Entering games on day three of the season, hitters seem to be ahead of schedule when compared to last year’s results even with the depressed flight baseball:
Some #KBO numbers. Small sample size warning alert, but there were 22 home runs hit over the first 2 days of this season, and all 10 teams are on the board. Last year, 15 homers were hit in the first 2 days, and 3 teams didn't hit any.
— Jeeho Yoo (@Jeeho_1) May 6, 2020
On Thursday during the last game of each series, runs rose across the board with Doosan scoring nine runs, the NC Dinos, Kia Tigers, and Hanwha Eagles plating eight along with the Lotte Giants crossing home seven times. With the spike in runs, six more home runs has pushed the three game total to 28 through three contests. Lotte and the NC Dinos remain undefeated to start the year while keeping Samsung and the KT Wiz still winless. Check out the rest of the tangible details from today’s action around the KBO in the Round Up.
Starting Pitcher Spotlight
Entering today’s slate, Chang-mo Koo of the NC Dinos represented a worthy low priced DFS target. Koo cashed in garnering his first win tossing six shutout innings giving up two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts:
Last night's K leader was NC Dino Chang-mo Koo:
6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB and 8 Ks
The southpaw had his slider working as he was incredibly effective at getting Ks in the bottom of the zone. pic.twitter.com/MJXFENEzLH
— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) May 7, 2020
Chris Flexen won his debut in the KBO for the Doosan Bears throwing 94 pitches over six innings allowing seven hits, three earned runs, and a walk with six strikeouts.
- Kun-woo Park (RF) - Went 1-for-5 with his first home run driving in two.
- Jose Miguel Fernandez (DH) - Racked up four hits in five at-bats with two runs and a double. He’s now eight for his first 13 (.615) to start the season.
- Jae-hwan Kim (LF) - Finished a 3-for-5 day with two runs, a double and an RBI.
- Min-woo Park (2B) - Strong game from the lead-off batter with three hits in four at-bats, two runs, a double and two RBI.
- Myung-gi Lee (LF) - Made his one hit count with a double and two RBI. He also scored a run in the Dinos six run win.
- Jin-hyuk No (SS) - Launched his second home run, a solo shot and he also walked in four plate appearances.
- Jin-ho Jung (LF) - Went 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk and a stolen base.
- Jared Hoying (RF) – He had a productive day in spite of one hit in four at-bats. Hoying scored a run, drove in two, walked and stole a base.
- Kwang-min Sung (3B) - Tallied three hits in five at-bats with two RBI.
- Yong-kyu Lee (CF) - Batting ninth, Lee went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double, an RBI and a stolen base.
- Sun-bin Kim (2B) - Recorded a perfect day at the dish reaching base all five times with three hits including a double, scored three runs, and walked twice.
- Preston Tucker (RF) - Notched three hits including his first home run of the season, a grand slam.
- Yong-hwan Baek (C) - Went 2-for-4 with a double, his first home run, a solo shot.
- Byung-hun Min (DH) - Finished 2-for-5 with a run and a double.
- Ah-seop Son (RF) - Crushed a three-run home run among his two hits in five at-bats.
- Eun-sung Chae (RF) - Scored two runs with two hits and a double.
- Yong-taik Park (DH) - Doubled and scored a run in four at-bats.
- Min-sung Kim (3B) - Made his only hit count driving in two runs in four at-bats.
- Jin-gi Jeong (CF) - In a loss went 3-for-4 with a run, a triple, and a walk.
- Jeong Choi (3B) - Reached base all five times with two hits, including a double, scored a run, walked twice, and was hit-by-pitch.
- Dong-min Han (RF) - Also reached five times with four hits in four at-bats, doubled, drove in a run, and walked.
- Mel Rojas Jr. (RF) - Paced the Wiz offense with three hits in four at-bats, scored a run and doubled.
- Keon-chang Seo (DH) - Batting lead-off, Seo stole his first base, went 2-for-5, scored a run, and doubled in a loss to Kia.
- Taylor Motter (3B) - Blasted his first KBO home run driving in two in three at-bats.
In injury news, the SK Wyverns suffered a loss:
#KBO injury note: SK Wyverns catcher Lee Jae-won suffered a broken right thumb after getting hit by a pitch vs. Hanwha Eagles; no word yet on how long he'll be sidelined
— Jeeho Yoo (@Jeeho_1) May 7, 2020
For fans looking to see how to acclimate to the KBO and playing without fans, here’s an article worth reading:
What’s it like to play professional baseball during a global pandemic? Former Brewers and White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino said the experience is in some ways surreal. Story: https://t.co/QqcutaZC2E pic.twitter.com/CZhF2PbEYB
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 7, 2020
There’s undue pressure on the import players to perform. With Saladino off to a slow start, he may press a bit this weekend.
Friday represents new match-ups for the 10 teams. Here’s how they line up:
- Hanwha (2-1) at SK Wyverns (1-2)
- Kia Tigers (1-2) at Samsung (0-3)
- KT Wiz (0-3) at Doosan Bears (2-1)
- LG Twins (1-2) at NC Dinos (3-0)
- SK Wyverns (1-2) at Lotte Giants (3-0)
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