Korea Baseball Organization Rotation Rankings: 1-5
With the half-way point of the KBO season fast approaching, we're diving into the starting pitching rotations for each team.
We will examine how they stack up against one another team by team, as well as which arm has been the most reliable for each staff. First, let's look at the best of the KBO 1-5.
NC Dinos 1 (38-17)
LHP - Chang-Mo Koo (8-0 ERA 1.48 WHIP 0.81)
RHP - Drew Rucinski (7-1 ERA 2.30 WHIP 1.11)
RHP - Mike Wright (6-2 ERA 3.63 WHIP 1.35)
RHP - Jae Hak Lee ( 3-4 ERA 5.59 WHIP 1.44)
Chang-Mo Koo is easily having the best season of any pitcher in the KBO. The 23-year-old is putting together monster numbers in his fifth season, and is at the top of a short list for the Choi Dong-Won Award given to the best starting pitcher in the KBO. He punched out seventeen batters over his last two games and now boasts a 82:13 K:BB ratio. Pitching at least six innings in all but one of his starts this season, he is a must start whenever on the mound for the league leading Dinos.
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Kia Tigers 2 (28-25)
LHP - Hyun Jong Yang (5-5 ERA 5,55 WHIP 1.37)
RHP - Min Woo Lee (4-3 ERA 4.92 WHIP 1.36)
RHP - Aaron Brooks (3-3 ERA 2.36 WHIP 1.08)
RHP - Drew Gagnon (5-3 ERA 3.94 WHIP 1.30)
RHP - Ki Young Im (4-4 ERA 3.42 WHIP 1.31)
Aaron Brooks may be a name you are familiar with if you follow the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, or Orioles minor league systems. He has bounced around the MLB minor leagues since being drafted in 2011. It now seems as though he is finally finding his stride with the Kia Tigers. He is putting together the best year of his professional career yet and his WHIP has been on a steady decline since mid-may which is a good indicator that he has figured out a thing or two. If the Tigers can find a way to give him a little more run support he will make for a great inexpensive pitcher each time he toes the rubber for the remainder of the season.
Kiwoom Heroes 3 (35-22)
LHP - Eric Jokisch (8-2 ERA 1.41 WHIP 0.89)
RHP - Won Tae Choi (4-3 ERA 4.02 WHIP 1.24)
RHP - Hyun Hee Han (3-3 ERA 5.94 WHIP 1.62)
LHP - Seung Ho Lee (2-3 ERA 5.33 WHIP 1.46)
RHP - Young Gun Jo (1-1 ERA 8.05 WHIP 2.11)
As I mentioned above, the list for the Chio Dong-Won Award is a short one; in my opinion it's a two man race. Right now number two in the race is another former Athletics and Cubs prospect Eric Jokisch. He has been the model of consistency this year only once allowing more than two earned runs in his eleven starts. He has also been outstanding at keeping the ball in the park this year. His amazing ratios make for a must start each time he gets the ball.
Doosan Bears 4 (33-23)
RHP - Chris Flexen (3-3 ERA 4.18 WHIP 1.36)
LHP - Hui Kwan Yu (6-2 ERA 4.87 WHIP 1.66)
RHP - Raul Alcantara (8-1 ERA 3.14 WHIP 1.10)
RHP - Young Ha Lee (3-4 ERA 5.79 WHIP 1.85)
RHP - Yong Chan Lee (1-3 ERA 8.44 WHIP 1.76)
Raul Alcantara is another starter that has had no problems getting the win when he is out on the mound. Though his ratios aren't quite up to par with the three starters featured above, his team is providing ridiculous run support leading him to the tune of eleven starts in a row without taking a loss. He has not had a problem at all missing the bats this season either, in his last start he sat eight batters down on strikes putting him at sixty nine for the year.
LG Twins 5 (30-26)
RHP - Tyler Wilson (3-5 ERA 4.48 WHIP 1.40)
LHP - Woo Chan Cha (4-5 ERA 6.04 WHIP 1.61)
RHP - Casey Kelly (4-3 ERA 4.86 WHIP 1.40)
RHP - Chan Gyu Lim (4-2 ERA 4.14 WHIP 1.31)
RHP Chan Heon Jung (4-1 ERA 2.62 WHIP 1.07)
Chan Heon Jung is an interesting player. He has by far been the best starter for the Twins this year, however the team is limiting his innings and only pitching him every other time through the rotation. Aside from his first two starts he has surpassed the 35 point mark in each of his last five starts, taking the win in four of those. He makes for a sneaky low cost start when the Twins allow him to let it loose on the mound.
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France vs Argentina World Cup Final Betting Preview: Can Lionel Messi Capture That Elusive World Cup Title?
Picking up where they left off in 2018, the French National Team led by 23-year-old Kylian Mbappe have found their way back into the finals as they look to be the first back-to-back World Cup Champions since Brazil’s dominant runs in 1958 and 1962. Standing between that incredible feat for the defending champions is Argentina, who currently have their superstar, Lionel Messi, in top form. Messi is finding ways to create passes no one can see and he’s done it multiple times, assisting three goals (tied for the most) throughout the tournament. The legend is also scoring goals of his own and is tied with Kylian Mbappe (5 goals) for Golden Boot honors in this year’s World Cup. Regardless, soccer fans around the world are in for a treat on Sunday at 10:00 AM EST as two of the best players in the world face each other for their country’s World Cup glory.
After winning Group D, France defeated Poland in the Round of 16, England in the quarterfinals, and a strong Morocco team in the semis to advance to the Final. On the other side of the bracket, Argentina won Group C and dispatched Australia in the Round of 16. Messi and the Argentinians were then tested in the quarterfinals, needing a penalty shootout to defeat the Netherlands after blowing a late two-goal lead. Finally, Argentina played perhaps their best match of the tournament against Croatia in the semi-finals, winning 3-0. Now the stage is set for a blockbuster finale between two powerhouses featuring some of the top players in the world.
Note (from FanDuel Sportsbook): No team will play at home during Qatar's World Cup. For betting purposes, FanDuel explains that: “Home Team refers to the team listed first, Away Team refers to the second team listed.”
Argentina (-104) vs. France (-112)
Argentina Keys To Victory
Lionel Messi has played incredibly for Argentina throughout this World Cup. He is leaving opposing defenders in the dust, taking on multiple players at once, dragging them away from his teammates, which is opening up the field for his fellow goal scorers. Every time Messi has the ball at his feet, there seems to be more than one threat. Messi is playing just as well as he always has in 2022. He’s served his team as a playmaker and as a goal-scorer in Qatar. He’s also had some help from Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez who’s scored a handful of goals in this World Cup (including two in Argentina’s decisive victory over Croatia). If Alvarez and Messi are able to link up while on the attack, the depleted French defense and midfield could be in for some trouble.
France Keys To Victory
One of the biggest headlines heading into this World Cup Final is the return of French striker Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid star and winner of this year’s Ballon D’Or hurt his hamstring in one of France’s first practices soon after arriving in Qatar. He flew back to Madrid where he immediately completed his recovery work which was set at three weeks from the time of injury. Right now, Benzema is flying back to Doha and could be starting for France in the final. At the moment, France’s HC Didier Deschamps has declined to comment on whether or not he will be including KB9 in the starting lineup. France’s ball movement has been excellent throughout the tournament, but their key to victory against Argentina will be efficient defense. Over the last few games, France’s defense seems to have slowed down. Not only will they need to stop Messi, but they will need to turn defensive stops into counterattacks. Mbappe and Olivier Giroud (four goals thus far in the tournament) will need to be electric on offense and test the Argentinian keeper. Antoine Griezmann may be an x-factor for France as he has three assists in this World Cup and was inches away from scoring against Morocco.
It’s only fitting that Lionel Messi will finally hoist the World Cup trophy in his last World Cup match. Expect him to score a goal and lead his team to victory in a tightly contested battle.
The Pick: Argentina (-104)
World Cup Final Best Prop Bets
Kylian Mbappe: To Score Or Give Assist (+100)
Mbappé has been relatively quiet over France’s last few games. Still, he is the main wing on France’s team who is capable of breaking down defenses through his skillful technique and ridiculous speed. He currently is tied with Messi for the most goals in the 2022 World Cup. If he isn’t able to score in this game, then expect him to at least make an assist. For France to win this one, the 23-year-old will need to have a big game.
Lionel Messi: Anytime Goalscorer (+190)
Messi has stepped up his performance big time this World Cup. If you have watched Argentina play in this tournament, you know how crucial of a role Messi has played in the team’s success. He is tied for the most goals in the tournament with Mbappe and has a great chance of putting the ball in the net at some point during Sunday’s big match. This is a particularly great prop to target since Messi takes all of Argentina’s penalty shots and has converted four-of-five throughout the tournament.
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Calling every sports fan across the globe! The best month for all things sports is here: December. NFL and CFB are getting into the thick of things — I mean, we are finally not seeing Alabama and Clemson in the CFP, not to mention both the NBA and NHL are underway and college basketball just tipped off!
Despite all of these different sporting events going on, the World’s biggest Sporting event is down to the Semifinals, the World Cup.
Although Soccer is the World's most popular sport, it still struggles to gain support in the US. However, every 4 years Soccer takes the country by storm and this year, and these last few games are going to be amazing.
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