The title to this article is pretty self-explanatory. I am not a DFS writer, but I have been paying attention to the KBO and playing every night on DraftKings, so I thought I'd share a few thoughts. If you're looking for a full DFS breakdown, I highly recommend Erik Halterman's daily DFS KBO Cheatsheet. Instead, I'm turning this into a dreaded "Notes" column.
- Much has been made about the run scoring environment so far - scoring is indeed up, and power is up over 2019. Did the KBO return to the 2017-18 baseball, or something between those power-laden years and last year's less lively ball? It's certainly possible. First, the numbers (via Baseball-Reference.com):
2018 - 5.55 R/G, .286 BA, 1.22 HR/G, 7.5 K/9, 3.3 BB/9
2019 - 4.55 R/G, .267 BA, 0.70 HR/G, 6.8 K/9, 3.3 BB/9
2020 - 5.43 R/G, .272 BA, 1.13 HR/G, 6.7 K/9, 3.4 BB/9
Those numbers for 2020 only include games covering the first week - results from Tuesday's action don't register yet. So that encompasses five games for six of the teams in the league, and six games for the remaining four teams. I think it's appropriate to issue any sort of "small sample" argument that you'd like.
Another big factor is the truncated spring training that the KBO had after getting back to work. Each team played only seven spring training games against other teams, though that doesn't include intersquad scrimmages. While I'm inclined to believe that there could be some changes