LG Twins vs. NC Dinos – KBO (August 24, 2021)
The NC Dinos have managed to win three games in a row, and that was enough to return to the KBO playoff spots for now. The team still has time to recover from the inconsistent performance so far and grab a decent position for the postseason.
And yet, I’m not sure that the reigning champions can stay strong enough against opponents like LG. The Twins are second in the table and have the best defense in South Korean baseball. They also lead the head-to-head record in 2021, so it will be tough for NC.
Before I move on to my LG Twins vs. NC Dinos preview, I have to remind you that the game might be canceled. The weather forecasts suggest it might rain on Tuesday, but let’s try to be optimistic and assume the clash will proceed as expected.
With that in mind, let’s look at some team news, stats, and my prediction.
LG Twins Form and Team News
- League Position: 2nd
- Last 5 Games: 1-3-1
- Runs Scored: 387
- Runs Conceded: 341
- Starting Pitcher: Lee Min-ho (4-6; 5.19 ERA)
The LG Twins have been one of the easiest teams to predict in South Korean baseball in 2021. This squad lives and dies by its defense. When the starting pitcher is strong, the Twins are hard to beat because they have arguably the best bullpen in the country.
At the same time, the offense has been inefficient, and it rarely delivers enough runs in tough moments. The good news for LG is that most of the side’s starters are solid.
The bad news is that Lee Min-ho is one of the exceptions. He’s getting the nod on Tuesday, and his last clash against the Dinos was a disaster, so I’m not too confident in LG’s chances.
NC Dinos Form and Team News
- League Position: 4th
- Last 5 Games: 3-1-1
- Runs Scored: 461
- Runs Conceded: 420
- Starting Pitcher: Song Myung-gi (6-4; 6.20 ERA)
Watching the NC Dinos has been hard at times this season. The team has one of the most prolific offenses in the KBO, but the shaky defense and the lack of consistency have been problematic.
The reigning champions simply don’t get the results they want often enough, and defending the title looks like a hard task right now.
The Dinos still have the chance to bounce back, but they need more victories to secure a decent position for the playoffs by the end of the season. I’m not sure that a pitcher like Song Myung-gi can help with that because he has leaked many runs in 2021.
On the bright side, the team is exceptional when it comes to punishing bad pitchers, and that’s exactly what the opposition will offer this time around.
LG Twins vs. NC Dinos Prediction
This game has the potential to turn into a wild shootout, and that works in NC’s favor. The Dinos have all the means necessary to score plenty of runs, while the Twins’ offense has struggled all season long.
I’m backing the Dinos here simply because the nature of the game should suit them much better.
- Prediction: NC Dinos to Win
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