With Major League Baseball absent due to the coronavirus, baseball fans all around the world have been watching, analyzing, and even betting on the Korean Baseball Organization.
KBO, the highest level of baseball in South Korea, was one of the first major professional sports to return to action amid the coronavirus pandemic. Its popularity rose in America as the league is action-packed baseball filled with home runs, bat flips, former MLB players, and Korean stars who could follow the paths of Hyun-Jin Ryu and Shin-Soo Choo from the KBO to Major League stardom.
ESPN is broadcasting six regular-season games per week, and people have been watching them enthusiastically since the beginning. People have also been wagering in various sportsbooks after watching and analyzing teams.
Currently, NC Dinos are on top of the standings with 40 wins and 19 losses so far this season. They are also the first in power rankings on ESPN.
German American Aaron Altherr for the Dinos has moved to the top spot on the RBI leaderboard after knocking in seven runs in five games.
In second and third place, respectively, the Doosan Bears and Kiwoom Heroes are standing high up in the standings. Both teams have been playing terrific this season and have star players who help the teams thrive.
The Heroes have Ha-Seong Kim, a young player with 19 home runs, 38 doubles, and 33 steals in 37 attempts. For the Bears, Jose Miguel Fernandez has become one of the league’s best hitters.
While the rest of the teams are competing not to fall behind, the Hanwha Eagles are struggling at the bottom of the standings. They have only 17 wins in 62 games and hit only 33 home runs. Their next game is against LG Twins on Friday, who are fifth in the league.
Kiwoom Heroes vs. SK Wyverns
The Heroes are the away team, while the Wyverns are the home team. Despite the home-field advantage, SK Wyverns are not the favorites to win this game.
The Heroes have won 37 games this season, while SK has only won 19 games. The two teams have faced off six times this season, and five of them were won by the Heroes.
KT Wiz vs. NC Dinos
These two teams will be playing at the Changwon NC Park. The Dinos have won eight of their last 13 games, while the Wiz have won 12 of their last 16 games.
The Dinos have taken seven of the last nine meetings against KT. The NC Dinos are currently the best team in the league and are the favorite to win this game.
Hanwha Eagles vs. LG Twins
This game will take place at the Jamsil Baseball Stadium, making it a home game for the Twins. The Twins are in need of a victory after losing nine of their last 13 games.
The Hanwha Eagles are also struggling, as they have dropped 27 of their last 37 games. LG has won each of the seven matchups between these two teams this season and is favored to make it eight in this one.
Doosan Bears vs. Kia Tigers
Both teams are doing fairly well in the league this season. The Tigers look for a win after winning five of their last seven games, while the Bears have won four of their last six.
Although the Doosan Bears have won four straight and nine of the last 10 matchups between these two teams, the KIA Tigers are likely to win as they are the most consistent team.
Lotte Giants vs. Samsung Lions
This will be a home game for the Samsung Lions, and the stadium is in Daegu, South Korea. Both teams have similar records, as the Lions have 32 wins, and the Giants have 29.
Both teams have won their last games. However, the Samsung Lions are 4-2 against the Lotte Giants this year. The Lions have the lower odds to win the game.