On April 20th 2018, the Seoul-based Doosan Bears and the Gwangju-based KIA Tigers met for the first time since the 2017 Korean Series. The Tigers, without a championship success in 8 years, needed just 5 games to dethrone the Bears, who were going for 3 straight Series wins. Last weekend, Doosan exerted some revenge, taking… Continue reading Doosan Bears v KIA Tigers. In pictures and videos.
By the close of the 2nd inning on Thursday, the long suffering Hanwha Eagles fans were facing the prospect of a record being broken and, unusually for them, in their favour. They'd waited 2083 days to sweep the KIA Tigers, defending KBO champions. And they were doing it in style. Hector Noesi, KIA's 2 million… Continue reading Glorious Hanbat could soon be the last of the old KBO ballparks.
On Wednesday, two of the biggest and most successful clubs in KBO history will face off in the Korean Series for the very first time. Gwangju-based KIA Tigers, vying for an 11th KBO title and first in 8 years, finished top of the regular season standings with a record of 87-56-1. They've sat idle for… Continue reading Kia Tigers v Doosan Bears. Who’s winning and why?
The play-off roadshow returns to Masan as Doosan Bears and NC Dinos look to put a foot firmly in the Korean Series with a win in Game 3. The best-of-5 series is delicately balanced at 1 win apiece after two gloriously high scoring games at a raucous Jamsil midweek. NC, led by part-time cheerleader Eric… Continue reading Eric Hacker v Michael Bowden. Game 3 preview.
On Sunday at 2pm, Lotte Giants will host NC Dinos in an intriguing South-East play-off derby. Lotte surprised everyone this season, finishing third, ahead of their regional rivals. In our first play-off podcast of 2017, Andrew Farrell and Matthew Care look back on an exciting regular season, NC's rather unexpected hammering of SK Wyverns in… Continue reading GSKBO Play-off Podcast Special. Lotte Giants v NC Dinos.
The pitching graph is brought to you by our friends over at myKBO.net. Click on the link for more information, stats and analysis. Matthew Care While Jeff Manship's September ERA of 6.94 would have you think that SK have an advantage coming into the first wild card game, the very nature of the wildcard format,… Continue reading KBO Wildcard. SK Wyverns @ NC Dinos. Our contributors give their predictions…
So, goodbye 2017 KBO regular season. You were very good, sometimes amazing, and often frustrating. The final day might have been a bit anti-climatic but this was the closest pennant race in history and even up to 6pm, we didn't know for sure who'd be playing SK Wyverns in the wild card game. It started… Continue reading How did your team fare? Here’s our club-by-club summary in 50 words.
Last Friday we called the meeting of Doosan Bears v Kia Tigers in Gwangju as a game neither team could afford to lose. The Tigers lost, emphatically, and then surrendered their lead at the summit of the table after Sunday's demoralizing 5-0 loss to Hanwha Eagles. The Bears had clawed back a seemingly impossible 13… Continue reading Tigers v Bears. This is all you need to know.
Well, this is it. The KBO has gotten the sort of headline-grabbing season ending game it was craving. Friday night in Gwangju. Kia Tigers v Doosan Bears. The country's most successful club verus the back-to-back reigning champions. Both, with massive fanbases. It probably isn't stretching things to suggest that whoever wins this game will win… Continue reading The smart money is on Doosan as Gwangju prepares to host the game of the season.
The first mini series of the week is over, and now we head for the Thursday and Friday collection as the season's end gets closer and closer. If there were no rain outs, these were due to be the final midweek regular season games of 2017. Alas, on we power, to October 3rd. That's when… Continue reading Only three things in life are certain: birth, deaths, and a KIA Tigers bullpen meltdown