‘Defending champions’ SSG head straight to semi-finals… 4th-placed NC to face Doosan in WC decider

The 2023 KBO League postseason begins in Changwon.

That’s because defending champion SSG Landers ‘landed’ in third place on the final day.

The NC Dinos, who were in a three-way tie for third place with SSG, slipped to fourth place and will play the fifth-place Doosan Bears for the wild card in Changwon.

On Sunday, the ESG won 5-0 against Doosan in the 2023 KBO League at ESG Landers Field in Incheon, Korea, led by Kim Min-sik’s leadoff solo shot in the bottom of the third inning.

With the advantage of winning the previous day’s matchup, ESG went all-out with Kim Kwang-hyun on the mound (six innings, three hits, no runs) and clinched a spot in the semifinals on their own.

With a third-place finish unlikely unless ESG lost, NSC played almost no starters against the Kia Tigers on the same day.

The result was a 7-1 Kia victory, as the team prepared for the wild-card deciding game two days later.

Kia starter Yang Hyun-jong (seven innings, five hits, four strikeouts, one run) became the first KBO pitcher to reach 170 innings in nine consecutive seasons. 카지노사이트

The KBO concluded the regular season with two games on the same day that third place was decided. The LG Twins finished first in the regular season for the first time in 29 years since 1994, while the KT Wiz, who were in 10th place until early June, made a remarkable comeback to take second place.

Kia had to settle for sixth place due to a rash of injuries.

The Lotte Giants, who spent more than 20 billion won in the last Stobrig, failed to make the postseason for the sixth consecutive year.

With manager Larry Sutton resigning during the season for personal reasons, the team will have to find a new manager.

Former Doosan manager Kim Tae-hyung is among the candidates.

After finishing in last place for three straight years, Hanwha improved to a .420 winning percentage (58-80-6) for the first time in four years.

Hanwha fired Carlos Suvero in mid-May and opted to sign Choi Won-ho, who had been managing the second team, to a three-year contract.

Plagued by player injuries, the Kiwoom Heroes declared a rebuilding season after losing center fielder Lee Jung-hoo to surgery in mid-July and fell to last place. It’s the first time in 12 years that the Heroes have finished in last place since 2011 when they were the Nexen.

The KBO has seen a resurgence in popularity this year, with regular-season attendance topping 8 million for the first time in five years after 2018.

After starting the season with the shock of being eliminated in the first round of the World Baseball Classic (WBC), the league continued to draw crowds as the race for the top spot intensified through the summer.

Total attendance (720 games) was 8.1 million 326 (average attendance of 11,250).

The 2023 KBO League postseason will begin on April 19 with the first round of the Wild Card Decision (NC-Dusan – best-of-2).

The semi-finals (SSG-WC winner-take-all) will be played on the 22nd and the playoffs (KT-Junpo winner-take-all) on the 30th.

The Korean Series (LG-PO winner-take-all) will begin on November 7.

Due to the accumulation of postponed games due to frequent rain, this season has become ‘winter baseball’ instead of ‘fall baseball’.

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