KBO Weekly: Dominant Dinos rule over Power Rankings

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The NC Dinos proceed to make the KBO season seem like a stroll in Jurassic Park as they maintain a agency grip on the highest of the standings and our Energy Rankings.

Here is a have a look at what went down within the KBO final week and what we’re wanting ahead to this week.

ESPN’s KBO Energy Rankings

1. NC Dinos: 14-3 (Final week: 1) — The Dinos preserve rolling alongside — they have not misplaced a sequence this season. Jin-Sung Kang particularly has been on a tear, with 4 homers, 15 RBIs and a 1.428 OPS (though he is a couple of plate appearances shy of qualifying among the many league leaders).

2. Doosan Bears: 10-7 (3) — It was a .500 week not just for the Bears (3-3), however for Jose Fernandez, who raised his common for the season to .500 (36-for-72), closing with a 7-for-12 spurt that included a six-RBI sport Friday vs. Samsung.

3. LG Twins: 11-6 (4) — LG stored its momentum headed in the best route behind the massive bat of Roberto Ramos, whose league-high seventh residence run was a walk-off grand slam Sunday because the Twins overcame a 7-Four deficit within the ninth in opposition to KT Wiz.

4. Kiwoom Heroes: 10-8 (2) — Not an ideal week for the Heroes, who needed to scrape out an extra-innings win to take their sequence with last-place SK earlier than dropping two of three to Lotte, making 9 errors alongside the best way.

5. Kia Tigers: 10-8 (8) — With Matt Williams on the helm, the Tigers have turned issues round behind some stable pitching. In 5 wins final week, they gave up a complete of seven runs.

6. Lotte Giants: 9-8 (5) — The Giants live off their 5-Zero begin to the season as they’d their second consecutive 2-Four week.

7. KT Wiz: 7-10 (6) — The Wiz, who began the yr 1-7, are headed in the best route thanks partially to Mel Rojas Jr., the son of the previous MLB reliever. Rojas had 4 straight multihit video games final week, bringing his common to .423 for the yr, and the swap hitter homered from either side of the plate in consecutive at-bats Saturday.

8. Hanwha Eagles: 7-11 (9) — Regardless of one of many league’s worst offenses, Hanwha is treading water largely due to its prime two pitchers — Min-woo Kim and Warwick Saupold, who’ve a 2.25 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over eight complete begins.

9. Samsung Lions: 6-12 (7) — The Lions had their third straight 2-Four week, however they went out on a very good observe with a 13-Zero win over hot-hitting Doosan behind former Phillies righty David Buchanan, who scattered 9 hits over seven shutout innings.

10. SK Wyverns: 3-14 (10) — The Wyverns not solely snapped a 10-game dropping streak, they made it two wins for the week with a 12-inning victory over Kia on Sunday after having allowed the Tigers to tie it within the ninth.

(Chosen by Joon Lee, Alden Gonzalez and Dan Mullen)

The week that was and what’s forward

One factor to know that occurred final week: We got here inside one out of getting our first tie of the KBO season. With Sunday’s Wyverns-Tigers sport tied at Three within the backside of the 12th inning, Soo-Kwang Noh grounded a two-out single into left subject to make SK a 4-Three winner. By KBO guidelines, if the rating had been even after 12 innings, the sport would have gone within the books as a tie.

One factor to look at this week: As we wait to see if anybody can cool off the Dinos, watching NC ace Chang-mo Koo has change into appointment viewing. Over three begins, Koo has a 0.41 ERA (one run in 22 innings) and a 25-Four strikeout-to-walk ratio and has held opponents to a .111 batting common. He is scheduled to face Kiwoom on Tuesday.

Viral second of the week: Sok-min Park’s response to a name by the plate umpire in all probability would not go over too effectively in MLB.

Bat flip of the week: Si-hwan Noh has years to good his flip, however this is not dangerous for a teenager.

Chant of the week: Our personal Eduardo Perez apparently made KBO historical past, however why cease there? Possibly he could make it to the highest of the charts.

Most spectacular stat of the week: Doosan’s Jose Fernandez has 36 hits by means of 17 video games. For comparability, solely two MLB gamers over the previous 100 seasons have had 36 hits by means of 17 staff video games: Hank Aaron in 1959 and Stan Musial in 1958 (every had precisely 36).

KBO on ESPN broadcast schedule

Stream dwell KBO video games and replays on WatchESPN

(All instances ET; along with the sport replays listed, all KBO League video games on ESPN2 can even re-air main straight into the following dwell sport telecast.)

Tuesday, Could 26

5:30 a.m.: ESPN2Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants (dwell)
2 p.m.: ESPN2 — Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants (rebroadcast)

Wednesday, Could 27

5:30 a.m.: ESPN2SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears (dwell)
2 p.m.: ESPN2 — SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears (rebroadcast)

Thursday, Could 28

5:30 a.m.: ESPN2Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants (dwell)
2 p.m.: ESPN2 — Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants (rebroadcast)

Friday, Could 29

5:30 a.m.: ESPN2KT Wiz vs. Kiwoom Heroes (dwell)
2 p.m.: ESPN2 — KT Wiz vs. Kiwoom Heroes (rebroadcast)

Saturday, Could 30

Four a.m.: ESPNKT Wiz vs. Kiwoom Heroes (dwell)

Sunday, Could 31

1 a.m.: ESPNLotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears (dwell)

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