SEOUL, Sept. 16 — South Korea’s baseball pennant race is getting more intriguing by the day, with some clubs falling behind in their bid for first place and others looking to finish their last postseason. Some clubs are looking to overtake struggling rivals for a spot.
The LG Twins are looking to rekindle his race for the regular Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) title for his season that many thought was over. With his 2-0 win over KT Wiz on Thursday night, the Twins lost 6-0 to NC Dinos on the same day as SSG Landers and he moved within three games. .
And thanks to a win over the No. 1 team, the Dinos put the Kia Tigers within 2.5 games of his 5th place finish in the playoffs. The Tigers suffered a four-game losing streak on Thursday with a 2-1 loss to the Hanwha Eagles.
Landers achieved his 80th win of the season on Wednesday, becoming the first KBO team to do so. In KBO regular season history, the premier team finished first with 80 wins in 16 of 17 innings.
The only exception to that occurred in 2019 with his Landers predecessor, SK Wyverns. That year, the then-defending Wyverns famously got caught on the final day of the regular season, losing to the Doosan Bears by nine games. The 2022 Landers still have a few players left from their 2019 roster, and their recent play may just give them a case of déjà vu.
As of August 1, Landers’ record was his 17 wins, 16 losses and 1 loss (won-lose tie), his fifth best in the league. Gemini has the highest win percentage in the 21-10-1 range, followed by Dinos with 20-13.
The Twins and Dinos were the top two batting teams in this stretch, and he was two of the top three pitching teams. The Twins also have four games at Landers, which could make the race to the top even more interesting in early October when teams across the country battle it out for a make-up game.
Landers spent the entire season in first place. They are trying to become the first team in KBO history to compete for the regular season title. The Landers and Twins will play his final regular season game on September 25th. Landers has an 8-6-1 advantage in head-to-head so far this year. Meanwhile, the Dinos have played three fewer games than the Tigers, and the two rivals will face off in a deadly three-game series that begins next Thursday. The Tigers have maintained his series lead on the season with a 7-6 record so far.