After both teams losing their opening games, this game takes on even more importance. A loss for either side will mean almost certain elimination from the tournament. Korea will be shell shocked from their loss to the Netherlands after being favored to win by most pundits. Australia will be out to bounce back after facing a mighty pitching performance from Chein-Ming Wang in their opener against Chinese Taipei.
Australia will be facing Lotte Giants Starter Seung-Jun Song. In the lateset KBO season he posted a 7-11 record with a 3.31 era, over 163 Innings.
Australia will send Ryan Searle to the mound, the Chicago Cubs minor leaguer spent time over A+, AA and AAA last season, posting solid numbers.
Song seems to be quality pitcher with a proven track record at the international level having beat Cuba and China at the 2008 Olympics helping Korea secure a Gold Medal.
Australia will be underdogs in this one. They will have to jump on Song early before he can settle into a rhythm. In their first game Australia let Chein-Ming Wang pitch 6 innings, Australia can’t afford to let Song go that deep in the game, if they do, that just might be all she wrote for Australia’s 2013 WBC Campaign.
My Prediction – Korea will probably take this one down, but ill be hoping for an Australian win.
Korea by 2+ Runs