SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – Schedules for South Korean baseball’s postseason were announced on Wednesday.
The wild card game between the fourth- and fifth-ranked teams at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 will launch the postseason play, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said. The 144-game regular season is scheduled to finish on Oct. 3.
The fourth seed will be the host, and it can advance to the first round of the playoffs either with a victory or a tie in the first game.
If the fifth seed wins the first wild card game, then there will be a second contest at 2 pm. on Oct. 6 at the same venue between the two, with the winner there advancing to the first round.
Through Tuesday’s action, the Lotte Giants were sitting in fourth place at 75-62-2 (wins-losses-ties), four games ahead of the SK Wyverns.
The first round of the postseason, starting on Oct. 8, will take a best-of-five format. The third-ranked team from the regular season will await the wild card winner.
The NC Dinos are in third place at 75-60-2, one game better than the Giants.
The winner of the first round will face the second seed from the regular season in the next round, also a best-of-five, starting on Oct. 16. The Doosan Bears, the two-time defending champions, are holding down the second spot now at 79-55-3.
The pennant winners will advance directly to the Korean Series, a best-of-seven competition that begins on Oct. 24. The Kia Tigers are currently in first place at 81-52-1.
In postseason play, ties will be called after 15 innings, up from 12 innings in the regular season.
All weekday games will begin at 6:30 p.m., and games on weekends and holidays will start at 2 p.m.