It’s a battle of skill and passion.
KT Wiz, who finished the regular season in second place토토사이트, and NC Dinos, who won the upset in the semi-final playoffs (semi-PO) through the Wild Card (WC) deciding game, will meet in the best-of-five series (5-game best-of-three) of the Shinhan Bank KBO Postseason (PS) 2023.
The PO, which will begin on the 30th, is expected to be an interesting battle of tactics. KT’s Jang Jang-woo (33) and NC’s Kim Hyung-jun (24) are two catchers with different characteristics.
Jang Jang-woo is a veteran catcher who has spent eight seasons with KT. He’s been a mainstay at the plate for so long that his chemistry with pitchers is among the best in the league. He knows the ins and outs of pitchers, from veterans to young guns, so his experience is expected in the short game.
The most frightening strength that goes hand in hand with this is experience. Jang has already been in the PS since 2009, when he was a member of the Lotte Giants. Even after moving to KT, he experienced every PS stage from the WC decider to the Korean Series (KS). The highlight was in 2021, when he led the team to a four-game sweep of the KS against the Doosan Bears to win the franchise’s first ever title.
Facing a ‘championship catcher’, Kim Hyung-jun fights back with ‘grit’. So far, Kim has been arguably the best catcher in the PS this year. In the WC decider against Doosan, he went 5-for-5 with a multi-homer game and four RBIs to showcase his offensive prowess, and in the SSG Landers and Junpo, he played solid defense to lead his team to three straight wins.
There’s nothing scarier than a young catcher on a good streak. That’s why Kim’s October momentum can’t be ignored. The former starting catcher for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games team started the month with an Asian Games gold medal, and is having his best month yet with a Semi-Po upset. In the POs, the momentum could continue.
It’s likely to be a pitcher’s duel from game one. The starting matchup for Game 1 of the PO is likely to be between KT’s William Cuevas and NC’s Eric Peddie. The role of the bullpen will be absolutely crucial in order for these two pitchers to win the battle. It’s a battle of skill and grit, and the fact that KT and NC have strong bullpens will make for an interesting PO matchup.