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Wild Card 2017 – Preview and Predictions

Now that the 2017 regular season is over, the KBO is all set to get the post season started with the Wild Card series between the SK Wyverns and the NC Dinos.

Unlike the MLB wild card, which is just a one and done game, the KBO system is a little more complicated. It is a ‘three’ game series with a catch. As the 4th place team, the NC Dinos will be given one game at the start of the series.  Therefore, the SK Wyverns will be coming into Changwon already 0-1 down in the series.

Game 1 will be this Thursday October 5th at 2 p.m. Jeff Manship will take the mound for NC, while Merrill Kelly will get the ball for SK. This looks to be a great pitcher’s duel between both teams’ aces. Despite the Wyverns’ power, the Dinos are playing at home and coming off of a four game winning streak, not to mention Manship’s World Series experience last year. Therefore, it looks likely that we will see the Dinos move on to face the Giants in the Sub-playoffs.

However, if the Wyverns manage a win they will still face a second away game on Friday October 6th at 2 p.m. Winning two games away might prove too much for an SK team that has struggled for consistency. So, whether or not they win game 1, the odds are certainly stacked against the Wyverns. Bad news for Lotte fans, but their local rival will most likely be coming to Busan.

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