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.
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
Long before you break down the performance of every team in the 2017 KBO season, and how they've fared against each other, one stat jumps off the page when you're looking at the current standings. That is how many teams have winning percentages above .500. The number currently stands at 7. There are 10 teams… Continue reading This season is wide open, and it is likely to be for years to come.
Now that the 2017 All Star break is over, we can look forward to the second half of what has been an enthralling season so far. The Kia Tigers defied the critics by marching to the summit and then staying there. Doosan Bears, back-to-back champions, have been stuck in 3rd gear but remain a decent… Continue reading The 2017 Korean Series champions are…..?
1. Doosan v NC had just about everything. Riding the bus home on Sunday night in the Jamsil area, I saw plenty of young Doosan fans passed out in the arms of their parents. And who can blame them? The meeting of 3rd v 2nd was as close to a rollercoaster ride as you'll ever… Continue reading KBO observations form the 3rd week of June.
1. Are we about to see a new team reach the KBO summit soon? Despite a respectable 3 wins from 5 last week, the Kia Tigers' prolonged hold on top spot hasn't look this vulnerable for two months. The reason is that the NC Dinos are absolutely killing it now, winning 5 games last week… Continue reading 5 talking points from the second week of June: 6/5~6/11.
It has been a busy few days so no time for a proper rankings piece, unfortunately. Here are three observations from the past week. 1. What do SK Wyverns' home run stats really tell us? As part of our podcast series, the topic of SK's ability to hit home runs has regularly featured off and… Continue reading KBO rankings. First week of June.
1. Doosan Bears. Won 4, lost 1. Tuesday's game was rained out but otherwise Doosan continued their decent run of form and moved into the top 3 following LG's horror week. The only blip was Friday's loss at home to kt. What made that game interesting was seeing Yoo Hee-gwon pitch another 9 innings having… Continue reading KBO rankings. End of May
Doosan Bears. Won 4, lost 2. A difficult week on paper for Doosan facing the top 2, NC Dinos and Kia Tigers, but they'll be pretty happy with their total of 4 wins, especially as three came in the sweep of the leaders at the weekend. Even the two games they lost to NC were… Continue reading KBO rankings. The play off teams.
1. Doosan Bears. Won 4, lost 0. The Bears responded to their shattering sweep by LG by winning all 4 games last week; the SK Wyverns didn't manage a single run in 18 innings (Tuesday was rained out) and then Lotte were brushed aside on Saturday and Sunday. By far the biggest positive for Doosan… Continue reading KBO rankings. Second week of May.