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SK Wyverns in driver's seat for KBO's wild card

All Headlines 11:27 September 30, 2015

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- After a season-long battle that has featured some mediocre baseball and teams moving up in the standings without playing, the SK Wyverns find themselves in the driver's seat for the wild-card spot in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).

The Wyverns, in the midst of a 14-11 September, entered Wednesday's action at 67-71-2, holding down the fifth and final playoff spot. They remain two games ahead of the Hanwha Eagles and the Kia Tigers with four games to go.

The Eagles also have four games remaining, while the Tigers have six more to play. The Lotte Giants, who were in fifth place a week ago, have fallen to eighth place, 2.5 games behind the Wyverns, after losing three of their past four games.

The Wyverns can clinch the final playoff spot by winning their remaining four games, all of which will be at home in Incheon.

The Tigers still have a chance if the Wyverns slip up in the final stretch. If the Wyverns go 3-1 the rest of the way, the Tigers can snatch that playoff spot by winning out. If the Wyverns split their last four games, then the Tigers can advance to the postseason by going 5-1 in their last six.

The Eagles have slightly slimmer hopes for a trip to the postseason. They need the Wyverns to lose at least two games to have a shot -- in that scenario, the Eagles must win all of their four games and hope the Tigers fade down the stretch.

The Giants are also hoping the Wyverns will lose at least three games, in which case the Giants can sneak into the playoffs with four straight wins and some help from the Eagles and the Tigers.

Realistically, the Tigers, the Eagles and the Giants don't appear to have much left in their tank to win out. The Wyverns just may get to the playoffs by winning two out of the last four.

For their final two games, the Wyverns will take on the NC Dinos, which, after clinching at least the second place in the regular season, will likely play backups to keep their veterans fresh.

The Wyverns last competed in the postseason in 2012.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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