Since the beginning of the year 2020, things have not really gone as planned all over the world. Plans have been made to change, calendars have been subjected to alterations and it looks like the world stopped spinning for a fee months. The global disease that broke out in the early part of this year stopped activities and sent everyone into their homes for a long period of time depending on the country and their rate of infection. Sporting activities were paused, especially the activities that involves groups touching each other, as this was a major means of spreading the infection. Even entertainment programs from musical concerts to parties and events had to be postponed, cancelled, or done virtually. Almost everything that was formerly seen as normal became abnormal or dangerous as they were means of spreading the disease.
Baseball was really affected by the worldwide 'slow down' that came up in the early stages of this year, and South Korea were majorly affected. However, the shrewdness of their health system and leadership ensured that they defeated the illness and can now safely return to normalcy and play Baseball games. South Korea has about 15% of the United States' population, yet they have less than 0.4 percent of the land mass which meant that they had little space. And space was a major means of defeating the virus through forms like social distancing even staying at home. But due to their proximity to China which is the epicenter of the disease outbreak, it was only a matter of time before South Korea's guard will fall and the disease would come in.
The disease came in and affected everything and all activities, including Baseball and other Korean sports. It became so serious that by February only China had more cases of the infection than South Korea. Around the middle of March, the nation had about the same number of deaths as the United States of America. By this time they developed a strategy which they strictly followed and it worked just fine as they did get reports of success not so long after. New cases stopped emerging, and by the 18th of April, their new confirmed cases were reduced to single digits. This was really a big deal for a country with a population of more than 50 million, and it showed signs that the Baseball season may just resume as soon as possible. Eventually, by the end of April, the nation reported that the number was down to zero, and this was a total annihilation of the illness.
Korean Baseball was then scheduled to resume in May as they had no active cases anymore, and they had policies in place to prevent the spread or entry of any new case. They were then ready to continue the 2020 league from May 5, and 10 teams have become a part of their season. These 10 teams include NC Dinos, Lotte Giants, Kiwoom Heroes, LG Twins, SK Wyverns, Doosan Bears, Hanwha Eagles, KIA Tigers, KT Wiz, and Samsung Lions. The postponing of the league earlier in the year involved the shifting of the dates when some matches will be played. LG Twins and Kwoom Heroes were affected by this decision and their last match was unable to be staged. Both teams would surely like to come out on top and dominate each other when they clash on Saturday. A good number of people anticipated this match and even predicted both the lineup and the scores of the match, and as usual personal sentiments clouded some judgements, yet they were made.
Before the encounter, Heroes were ranked in third place and would like to see themselves emerge as winners to climb up to the second place in the league table. Their opponents, Twins have a game in hand, but they have just as many points with a lesser win percentile, and they occupy the fifth place on the table. A win will then take them to a more comfortable position in the table especially because they have a game in hand which could come in handy at the end of the season.
LG Twins possible starting 9 was said to be: K HyunSoo Sr, L ChunWoong, P YongTaik, lee DaeHo, an ChiHong, K MinSung, Dixon Machado, han Dong Hui, Jung BoGeu, Y Kangnam. While that of Kiwoom Heroes was said to be: Byeon Sangkwon, SEO Keon chang, Shin Joon woo, an woojin, Jake Brigham, jo Sangwoo, jo Younggun, Choi Wontae, han hyunHee. It was predicted that Twins would emerge as winners due to their fine run of form and the inconsistency of the Kiwoom Heroes who lost their previous match. Odds were then placed in Twins' favor as they needed a win to climb up to second position in the league.