Alex Kielar | June 1st, 2020
The MLB season is looking in doubt at the moment as the owners and the MLBPA cannot reach an agreement; it’s the billionaires versus the millionaires. We will be getting the MLB Draft with the shortened five rounds on June 10, but for now, all we have to fill the void is the KBO. There isn’t much movement in these rankings this week. Let’s get into this week’s rankings.
10. Hanwha Eagles (7-17)
The Eagles’ losing streak is now up to eight after getting swept by the Twins and Wyverns this past week. Jin-young Kim has been pretty dominant out of the bullpen this season as he holds a 2.92 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. He has given up four runs, struck out 20 batters, and walked four over 12 1/3 innings.
9. SK Wyverns (7-16)
After two straight losses to start the week, the Wyverns finished with four straight wins, including a sweep of the lowly Eagles. Jung-bin Kim still hasn’t surrendered a single run over 12 1/3 innings in relief, while he has struck out 14 and walked four. Jong-hoon Park has struck out 28 batters over 28 innings. Soo-kwang Noh is hitting .367/.426/.551, however, it is through 55 plate appearances, which is below the minimum to be included among the league leaders.
8. Samsung Lions (10-14)
The Lions won both of their series this past week, including knocking off the top-ranked Dinos in two of three games. It took a ninth-inning comeback in the first game against the Dinos for them to take the win, with Eung-min Kim tying the game and Seung-gyu Park walking it off. Tae-in Won is 10th in the league with a 3.12 ERA and 15th with a 1.23 WHIP.
7. KT Wiz (10-13)
The Wiz won their series against the Tigers but then lost two of three to the Heroes for a .500 week. Odrisamer Despaigne has been dominant on the mound through five starts and 32 innings pitched. He holds a 1.69 ERA and 0.94 WHIP (third in the league) with 28 strikeouts and five walks. Mel Rojas Jr. keeps on raking as he is hitting .409/.461/.688 and six home runs, and all these stats are in the top three in the league.
6. Lotte Giants (11-12)
The Giants won their first game this past week, then lost four in a row, and won their most recent game. They went 2-4 for the third week in a row after starting out 5-0 as they just can’t string many more wins together. Won-joong Kim and Seung-min Koo have both dominant out of the bullpen with sub-1.00 ERAs and WHIPs. Dixon Machado and Jun-woo Jeon lead the team with four homers each, while Jeon is slashing .302/.350/.531.
5. Kiwoom Heroes (12-12)
After getting swept by the Dinos, the Heroes were able to take the first two games against the Wiz. Eric Jokisch has been straight filthy on the mound as he won his fourth straight game to start this season and holds a 0.90 ERA and 0.87 WHIP with 27 strikeouts. Dong-won Park is slashing.347/.395/.680 and is tied for third in the league with six homers.
4. Kia Tigers (12-12)
After a dominant 5-1 week last week, the Tigers slipped up this week, going 2-4. Min-woo Lee won his third game this season and holds a 3.23 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. He has also struck out 23 while walking 11. Preston Tucker is tied for third in the league with six homers and is slashing .326/.396/.611.
3. Doosan Bears (14-9)
The Bears won both their series against the Giants and Wyverns, and Chris Flexen upped his team-leading strikeout total to 28 (tied for sixth in the league) and he has a 2.61 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Jose Miguel Fernandez will not let up at the plate as he is slashing .468/.515/.691 with four homers through 106 plate appearances.
2. LG Twins (16-7)
The Twins only lost one game this week and continue to be on a roll, winning eight of their last ten games. Roberto Ramos hit three more home runs this week to push his league-leading total to ten and he also leads the league with a 1.263 OPS.
1. NC Dinos (18-5)
After sweeping the Heroes, the Dinos struggled in the first two games against the Lions. But they still beat the socks off them to salvage the series, beating them 18-7. They are yet to lose more than two games in any week. Chang-mo Koo has been very dominant as he holds a 0.51 ERA and 0.60 WHIP over 35 innings pitched in five starts. He also leads the league with 38 strikeouts while he has only walked nine. Sung-bum Na is second in the league with seven homers while he is slashing .308/.400/.582.
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