For the KBO week of Tuesday, July 26 to Sunday, July 31. Week records in brackets. Typhoon season has not passed yet on the Korean peninsula, only the SK/Lotte and Samsung/Kia series' went ahead mid-week.
1. Samsung Lions, 4-1
This might finally be Samsung's year. This team's ability to lead, come back from behind, and generally out play their 7 enemies in the league is quite a thing for the baseball watcher. Statistically, Samsung's weakness is their offense: their team .259 batting average is good for only 6th in the league.
2. Lotte Giants, 4-1
LG might have had an off week, but their 4-1 week takes Lotte into the playoff picture with a demand of respect from the Korean baseball world. Hong Seong-heung has raised his average to .299 after early struggles and Jang Won-joon (9-3, 3.63) has been absolutely lights out
3. Kia Tigers, 2-4
Still a playoff team, going through an injury spell. Their offense is on fire hitting .276, good for first in the league, and tied with Lotte above. Yoon Suk-min will be the best pitcher in the league for this season and all eyes will be on him to make the move to the majors.
4. SK Wyverns, 3-2
Steadying their ship with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games. Split a series with Lotte and then won a series against Hanhwa this week. You still can't write off this team as their 3.47 team ERA is still good for tops in the Organization.
5. LG Twins, 1-1
LG did lose their playoff positioning, but they only played 2 games to defend it. Snatching Son Seung-rak from Nexen, pretty much the only effective pitcher on that team, will help LG lots as they fight off Lotte in the playoff race.
6. Hanhwa Eagles, 1-2
Avoiding last place in the league standings but they are still last in offense (.331 team BA) and defense (5.20 team ERA) in league standings. Ryu Hyun-jin, at 8-6, 3.66 is not putting up numbers that we're going to write e-mails home about, and he's the only pitcher doing anything special on this staff. There's still a lot of work to do.
7. Nexen Heroes, 1-2
KBO's version of the blockbuster trade done with this team. Trading away their best pitcher, Son Seung-rak, pretty much signifies Nexen throwing in the towel. When you go to a Nexen game, you will see fans wearing Hyundai Unicorns gear, which is the Heroes' heritage. It's a wonder why this literal loser of a team does not embrace their history as the Unicorns, a very proud and respectable baseball franchise.
8. Doosan Bears, 0-3
Doosan Bears are arguably the most popular franchise in the KBO. SK Wyverns might have won the most championships in recent years, and Kia and Samsung might be winning a lot, but SK is a new franchise and Kia and Samsung play in smaller cities. The only issue with a team like Doosan losing as compared to a team like Nexen losing is that people will care, and Doosan's management will have to take notice.
Edit: It's not Son Seung-rak I'm talking about up there, I'm talking about Son Sin-young. I was drinking alcohol as I was writing this up ha ha.