The two protagonists of the Nakdong River Derby, the NC Dinos and Lotte Giants, face a fateful week.
Both teams will play six games in a row against strong opponents as they look to solidify their fourth place and move into the top five.
Fourth-place NC has 52 wins, 2 draws, and 48 losses in 102 games and is 2.5 games ahead of fifth-place Doosan. To put it bluntly, this is the result of Doosan’s recent slump. NC plays a three-game midweek series at SSG and Incheon before traveling to Changwon for a three-game weekend series against leader LG.
Choi Sung-young and Shin Min-hyuk are expected to return along with Lee Jae-hak. The team will play the pedal tenor to the metal in a no-holds-barred matchup with leader LG.
Lee Jae-hak’s return will be a big boost. The batting lineup, which has scored double-digit runs in two of the last three games, is a big strength.
It’s a big week for Lotte as they look to clinch a spot in the Top 5.
They play a three-game midweek series against leader LG in Jamsil before traveling to Busan for a three-game weekend series against second-place KT.
They’ll have aces like Barnes, Na Kyun-ahn, Park Se-woong, and more, including Wilkerson on the 22nd.
Lotte, whose top-five hopes were revitalized by Pajuk’s four-game winning streak, came to a screeching halt last weekend with a sweep of last-place Kiwoom.
However, there are still glimmers of hope amid the collective slump in the fifth-place group. They are only 1.5 games out of fifth place.
After a surprising back-to-back losses to last-place Kiwoom, they can rekindle their top-five hopes if they can pull off upsets against the first and second-place teams, LG and KT.
It’s a big week for the top two teams. 온라인바카라
Leader LG needs to breeze through a six-game series against Lotte and NC, who will be playing for their lives.
Second-place KT hosts Lotte on the road after KIA, which is on the cusp of a top-five finish. SSG, who have slipped to third place, face NC midweek and then a three-game series against Doosan on the weekend, a team that has turned on the hazard lights after a recent slump.