KBO Round Up: May 24
Greg Jewett goes around the KBO and gives you the best hitting and pitching performances to be aware of for DFS purposes
Sunday looked like bizarro day in the KBO with two shutouts, a walk-off grand slam along with a walk-off hit giving the SK Wyverns their third win of the season:
SK's Noh Soo-kwang with the walk-off single in the 12th to beat KIA.— Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) May 24, 2020
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On Saturday, Kiwoom and Doosan combined to score 22 runs on 28 hits but both lost via shutout on 15 hits on getaway day preceding travel on Sunday. One of the toughest things to do, predict baseball even when the numbers support trends. In fact, all five home teams won on Sunday including first place NC Dinos moving to 14-3 (.824 winning percentage) on the season.
In an effort to keep their best player healthy, NC kept Eui-ji Yang on the bench on Sunday:
After a collision with Hoying at the plate, NC's Yang Eui-ji was removed from the game for precaution; Yang's treatment was icing his down his sore neck and the last media report I saw looks like no further medical attention is needed. https://t.co/YjelIvbCwA pic.twitter.com/bsdJi2QDRC— Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) May 23, 2020
With an off day on Monday, Yang gets two days to rest and recuperate to return on Tuesday with a tough match-up against incoming Kiwoom. Here’s the game action from Sunday broken down by pitching and hitting.
Starting Pitcher Spotlight
Doing his best Jekyll and Hyde impersonation, David Buchanon fired seven shutout innings against a strong Doosan lineup on Sunday. Buchanon allowed nine hits while striking out five for his second win against two losses. In his wins, Buchanon’s tossed 14 scoreless frames with 13 strikeouts and one walk. However, during his two losses, he’s yielded 15 earned runs on 16 hits and five walks with three strikeouts.
Speaking of a turn of events, Jun-won Seo fired 6.2 shutout innings giving up three hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Seo entered this contest with a 7.20 ERA and 1.73 WHIP but held down a potent Kiwoom lineup for his second win of the season.
Mike Wright notched his third win for the Dinos throwing six innings allowing two hits, four earned runs and two walks with four strikeouts. After 22 innings, Wright owns a 2.86 ERA, 20:10 K:BB and 1.14 WHIP with a 3-0 record.
In a no-decision, Chan-gyu Lim worked six innings yielding six hits, four earned runs and a walk with eight strikeouts. Lim’s impressive 21:2 K:BB over his first 18 innings accompanies a 4.50 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.
Not only did Roberto Ramos lead the LG Twins to a walk-off win with his grand slam:
LG's Roberto Ramos wins the game with a walk-off grand slam in the 9th against KT.— Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) May 24, 2020
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He also retook the KBO lead in home runs launching his seventh in 70 plate appearances spanning 17 contests. Ramos owns a robust .350/.443/.767 slash, ranks fourth in RBI (16) and second in on-base plus slugging percentage (1.210) during his rookie season for the Twins. His teammates also contributed in the victory:
Hyun-Soo Kim (OF) - Went 2-for-4 with two runs, double, two RBI and a walk.
Keun-woo Jeong (2B) - Racked up two hits in three at-bats with two RBI, a walk and stole his second base of the season.
Woo-jun Sim (SS) - Moved his hit streak to nine games going 2-for-4 with a run. Sim’s recorded six multi-hit games during this stretch.
Jeon-dae Bae (OF) - Finished 1-for-4 with a double driving in three runs.
Yong-ho Jo (DH) - Stole his first base going 1-for-3 and scored a run.
Sung-woo Jang (C) - Tallied two hits in five at-bats with a run and an RBI.
Sang-su Kim (2B) - A perfect day at the dish going 2-for-2, scored two runs and walked twice reaching base in all four plate appearances.
Hak-Ju Lee (SS) - Moving to third in the lineup, Lee responded with a double, three RBI, two runs and a walk in four plate appearances.
Dong-yeop Kim (OF) - Went 2-for-5 with a run and drove in two.
Jeon-gon Kim (OF) - Recorded three hits in five at-bats with two RBI.
Chan-do Park (OF) - Scored three runs going 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, two walks and stole his second base of the season.
Even in a shutout, Jose Miguel Fernandez kept his average at .500 in the KBO through 17 games with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Fernandez owns a video game slash line (.500/.531/.764) leading the league in batting average, on-base percentage, runs (18), hits (36) and on-base plus slugging percentage (1.295).
Min-woo Park (2B) - Reached base three times with a hit and two walks while scoring a run in four plate appearances. Park’s .382/.455/.529 slash fuels the Dinos offense from the leadoff spot plus he’s walked (nine) more times than he’s struck out (four) this year.
Myung-gi Lee (OF) - Went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
Sung-bum Na (OF) - Finished with two hits including his first double, drove in three runs and walked in five plate appearances raising his average to .290 on the year.
Jin-sung Kang (OF) - Somehow lost in the shuffle of the Dinos hot start, Kang’s slashing .500/.533/.895 through his first 45 plate appearances. On Sunday, Kang went 3-for-5 with his fourth home run driving in two runs.
Yong-kyu Lee (OF) - Tallied two hits in four at-bats with his first home run, three RBI and walked.
Jared Hoying (OF) - Went 2-for-4 with a run.
With the league off on Monday, teams will travel for their next matchups with this slate on tap for Tuesday:
Kia Tigers (10-8) at KT Wiz (7-10)
LG Twins (11-6) at Hanwha (7-11)
SK Wyverns (3-14) at Doosan (10-7)
Samsung Lions (6-12) at Lotte Giants (9-8)
Kiwoom Heroes (10-8) at NC Dinos (14-3)
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