No. 1 KIA, First to Challenge for 30 Wins

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[Professional Baseball Observatory] No. 1 KIA, first to challenge for 30 wins against last place Lotte

▲ 시즌 첫 고비를 맞이한 KIA는 차분한 경기력 정상화가 필요하다 ⓒ연합뉴스

The team with 30 wins first has a 56.8% chance of winning.

KIA's dominance system is spurred by Lotte playing 6 games against the 1st and 2nd place teams... ‘Injury Ward’ KT and Hanwha are in holding mode. 바카라사이트

Popular professional baseball teams KIA Tigers and Lotte Giants will play a three-game series in which they cannot back down in a sharply divided team atmosphere.

1st place KIA and last place Lotte will face off at Sajik Stadium in Busan from the 21st to the 23rd.

KIA's starting pitchers Will Crowe and Lee Ui-ri left due to injury, but replacement starters such as Hwang Dong-ha are cruising along with better-than-expected fights.

In last week's 6 games, which were considered a turning point, they performed well with 4 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw, widening the gap with the second-place group.

KIA plans to solidify its top-tier status through six games this week.

As of the 20th, KIA, which has 29 wins, 1 draw, and 16 losses and a winning percentage of 0.644, aims to be the first among the 10 clubs to achieve 30 wins.

The probability of winning the regular season for a team with 30 wins in the KBO League in history is 56.8% (21 out of 37 times), and the probability of winning the Korean Series is 51.4% (19 out of 37 times, excluding the post-war league and the two major leagues).

KIA plans to put in all its effort, including putting in James Nail, who has the highest ERA in the league, in the three-game series against Lotte.

On the other hand, Lotte faced a major challenge.

After meeting first-place KIA Tigers, who have never won this season, they will play a three-game series at home against second-place Samsung Lions from the 24th to the 26th.

Lotte's urgent priority is to revitalize its sluggish batting lineup.

Lotte's team batting average in the last five games is 0.229, which is a big difference from 9th place SSG Landers (0.247).

In the last eight games, the average score per game was only 2.88, showing frustrating offense.

Samsung meets lower-ranking teams one after another, including 8th-place KT Wiz and last-place Lotte.

Samsung is playing a well-organized baseball game this season, breaking expectations and fighting for the top spot.

In the home game against the Hanwha Eagles on the 19th, starter Ho-seong Lee was hit and lost, but the team was able to save the bullpen pitchers because the game was decided early on.

Samsung, which has reorganized its lineup, aims to sweep the three-game series against KT by deploying Won Tae-in, Connor Siebold, and Lee Seung-hyun.

On the other hand, teams whose key players have left due to injuries will 'hold on' and complete this week's schedule.

KT is having a difficult time with starting pitchers Eom Sang-baek, Ko Young-pyo, and Wes Benjamin leaving due to injury.

The three players are scheduled to return one by one starting at the end of this month, but they will have to endure as substitute starters this week.

The 9th-place Hanwha Eagles also play their schedule with a broken starting lineup.

Hanwha lost foreign pitchers Felix Pena and Ricardo Sanchez due to injuries.

However, ‘Prince of Daejeon’ Moon Dong-joo, who had been missing due to poor performance, will soon return.

Ryu Hyun-jin, the only existing starting pitcher who did not leave, is expected to appear in one of the three-game SSG Landers series held in Incheon from the 24th to the 26th.

NC's foreign pitcher Daniel Castano is out due to elbow pain, but the injury is not serious, so he could return as early as this week.

Defending champion LG Twins, who fell to a tie for 5th place, aims to turn things around against Hanwha and NC Dinos.

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