Weekly Wrap Up 2014/04/06

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The Wyverns have risen to the top of the heap in this second week of KBO action.  They did have the advantage of playing the last three games against Hanhwa, which gives them a bit of an early season advantage. They are on a four game winning streak, but since three of those wins came against the Eagles, it isn't as indicative of SK greatness as it might have been otherwise. More surprising is that we see the NC Dinos in second, and since they are heading home to Masan to face Hanhwa for their midweek series I don't expect them to be dropping in the rankings right away.

It is still early in the season, though, and both Nexen and KIA are at .500 which I don't expect to last.  I think in the upcoming weeks we will see the Heroes moving up in the rankings while the Tigers will be slipping. I also expect that both Samsung and LG are disappointed in their respective performances and both teams should be playing better. Doosan and Hanhwa are surely also unhappy but no one really expects them to be showing much improvement as the season progresses.

We have seen some interesting plays this week, and the video that I keep going back to is Yamaico Navarro attempting to stretch a stand up triple into an inside the park homerun. Take a look below and watch the slow-motion replay where you can clearly see the third-base coach telling him to stop.  Not only doesn't Navarro listen, but he is in such a state of excitement he runs around the coach to be out by a mile at homeplate.  I'm not the only one who finds this clip funny, as you can see Navarro himself laughing about it after being tagged out.

Apparently Josh Bell was influenced by this decision when he made a big baserunning mistake the following night.  Neglecting to tag up after a fly out, he just decides to run home, being tagged out at second when he is already walking to the dugout. All was probably forgiven with the teammates, though, since Bell already has four homeruns in only five games this season. (Click Read More to see more video)

There was also a Vinny Rottino sighting, since he hasn't been playing regularly this week.  Apparently the Heroes were considering moving him from left field and had him practicing his catching while warming up Nexen relievers in the bullpen.

Finally, I don't want to link too many videos, but for the bad mojo of the week we have Hanhwa's Song Kwang-Min.  The Eagle's shortstop isn't doing so well in the field. His two errors today put him at seven errors in seven games, which was finally the motivation Hanhwa's coaching staff needed to pull him.  They replaced him with Lee Hak-Jun, who promptly committed an error.  Maybe it isn't the player, but a curse on the position.  At any rate, Hanhwa needs help.