The two protagonists of the Nakdong River Derby, 토토사이트 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 consolidate their fourth place and move into the top five.
Fourth-placed NC has 52 wins, two draws and 48 losses from 102 games, and is 2.5 games ahead of fifth-placed Doosan. To put it bluntly, it’s the result of Doosan’s recent slump. NC plays a three-game midweek series at SSG and Incheon before travelling to Changwon for a three-game weekend series against leaders LG.
Choi Sung-young and Shin Min-hyuk are expected to return along with Lee Jae-hak. The team will use the pedestrian tenor for a no-holds-barred battle with leaders LG.
Lee Jae-hak’s return will be a big boost. The batting line-up, which has scored double-digit runs in two of their last three games, will be a big help.
The 2023 KBO League match between the Doosan Bears and the NC Dinos took place at Jamsil Stadium on the 19th. NC Pedi is pitching in relief. Jamsil=Park Jae-man 기자pjm@sportschosun.com/2023.08.19/
It’s a fateful week for Lotte as they look to secure a spot in the top five.
They play a three-game midweek series against leader LG in Jamsil before travelling to Busan for a three-game weekend series against second-place KT.
The 22nd will feature aces such as Barnes, Na Kyun-ahn and Park Se-woong.
Lotte, whose top-five hopes were revived by Pajuk’s four-game winning streak, came to a screeching halt last weekend with a sweep at bottom-placed Kiwoom.
However, there are still glimmers of hope amid the collective slump in the fifth-place group. They are only 1.5 games off fifth place.
With the unexpected back-to-back losses to last-place Kiwoom, they can rekindle their top-five hopes if they can pull off an upset against the first and second-place teams, LG and KT.
The LG-SSG game was played on the 19th at SSG Landers Field in Incheon. LG won 11-2. The players perform a victory ceremony. Incheon=Jung Jae-geun firstname.lastname@example.org/2023.8.19/
It’s also a big week for the top two teams.
Leaders LG need to get through their six-game series against Lotte and NC, who will go out with a bang.
Second-placed KT hosts Lotte away from home after KIA, who are on the cusp of a top-five finish. SSG, who have slipped to third place, face NC midweek and then a three-game series at the weekend against Doosan, who have had their hazard lights switched on after a recent slump.