With ‘super ace’ Eric Peddie (NC) unavailable to start the game, the final game of the best-of-five playoff series between KT Wiz and NC Dinos will be played underwater.
The Suwon area, where the game will be held, has been experiencing strong rain accompanied by thunder and lightning for five days, which is expected to have a significant impact on the performance of both teams’ players.
KT and NC will play the fifth game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Playoffs at Katie Wise Park in Suwon at 2:00 p.m. today.
After dropping Games 1 and 2, KT shut down NC’s bats in Games 3 and 4, winning both games to take the series to a decisive Game 5.
The outcome of this final game will determine who advances to the Korean Series. KT will attempt to complete the third reverse sweep in franchise history, while NC will look to advance to the Korean Series for the second time in its history, and the third consecutive time through the wild card round.
In this playoffs, the team that scores first ends up winning the game, so both teams will be fighting for the lead in Game 5. Naturally, the starting pitcher will play an important role.
It is an absolute advantage for KT that Pedi, who pitched a dominant game in Game 1, setting a new record for most strikeouts in a single playoff game (12), will not start.
Shin Min-hyuk, who will start in his place, pitched 6 1/3 innings of one-hit, one-strikeout ball in Game 2, but KT is confident that their hitters have found their groove and can produce a different result.
However, the pouring rain could change the course of Game 5 of the playoffs. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the rain is expected to stop at 2 p.m. when the game starts, but it will start falling from the sky again at 4 p.m. when the game enters the middle innings.
If the forecast holds true, this will be the first time baseball has played a game underwater this fall. The expected hourly precipitation rate is 2 to 4 millimeters. Add to that the chilly conditions with strong winds, and it’s not easy for players to perform at their best. 보스토토 주소
A single missed play, whether it’s a throw or an error, can completely change the course of the game. It will come down to who can stay focused the longest.