After sweeping thru the KBO semi-playoff against the SSG Landers, the NC Dinos are heading to the playoff game. This season, the NC Dinos made short work of the SSG Landers in the semi-playoff after winning 3 consecutive games. However, will their winning streak continue as the play the KT Wiz in the KBO Playoff? Let’s find out with our 2023 KBO Playoff Update and analysis of the KT Wiz vs NC Dinos matchup.
According to baseball betting statistics, the KT Wiz made it to the finals because of their regular season performance. Thus, they got second place in the ranking with a with a 79-62-3 record. However, the NC Dinos had to win the Wild Card Round and then beat the SSG Landers in the semi-playoff.
Next week, the KBO Playoff round will begin in a 5-game series between the KT Wiz and the NC Dinos. Afterwards, the winner of this playoff round will play against LG Twins for KBO Championship in a 7-game series.
2023 KBO Playoff Update – Youngest KBO Franchise will Battle
The 2023 KBO Playoff will be interesting to many Korean baseball fans. This is because it is the first time the 2 youngest KBO franchise will meet in the playoffs. For the first 2 KBO Playoff games, the KT Wiz will have the home advantage at the Suwon Baseball Stadium. While the early betting odds are not out yet, the public opinion favor the KT Wiz to win game 1.
The NC Dinos have been part of the KBO for 12 years and won the Korean Series Championship in 2020. On the other hand, the KT Wiz are the youngest team in the KBO after joining the franchise in 2013. However, just 6 years after joining the KBO, they won the 2021 Korea Series. Needless to say, while both teams are comparatively young, they remain strong opponents for any KBO team.
According to sports betting experts the NC Dinos have won the last 41 of 77 games against the KT Wiz. However, in their last 3 games against each other, the KT Wiz won against the NC Dinos.
After recovering from broken ribs, Um Sang-back will be ready to play again for the KT Wiz. However, they will be without slugger, Kang-Baek-ho who got a torn oblique muscle during an intrasquad scrimmage last Thursday.
The NC Dinos, they will have their top pitcher, Erick Fedde on the mound for Game 1 of the Playoff. However, some are questioning whether his arm will be at 100 percent after a right forearm injury on October 16.