Is the slide over for the Hanwha Eagles yet? Nope. Their struggles continued on Friday, as the Doosan Bears dispatched the Eagles for a 5-2 win. Choi Won-joon pitched a gem with just 2 hits allowed across 5 innings of work. Chad Bell of the Eagles was whacked for 4 earned runs and 6 hits in 4.1 innings. The bullpen settled things down for the Eagles, but the damage was already done.
A 2-run 3rd inning was all the Bears needed for a comfortable lead. They cruised from there, with the Eagles trying to attempt a comeback in the 9th inning. With the Bears up by 5 runs going into the final half inning, the comeback bid wasn’t going to be easy. The Eagles scored their first run, though all they could muster up was 2 runs. The Eagles have lost a staggering 18 straight games.
Their most recent win, against of all teams, was on May 22 against the first-place NC Dinos. The Eagles head into Saturday looking to end the mammoth skid and avoid a record of 7-28. They weren’t as bad of a team last year as their record suggests right now, but they weren’t good. The Eagles finished with a record of 58-86 in 2019. As bad as that sounds, they are on pace to smash that and fail to score at least 50 runs in 2020.
The Bears are sitting pretty with a record of 21-12. With the Dinos losing yesterday at home against the Kiwoom Heroes, the Bears gained a game in the standings. The Bears hold a record of 21-12 to put them in a two-way tie with the Twins for second. The Twins stole a game in extra innings last night over the Lotte Giants, so they kept pace with the Bears thanks to a late rally. The Bears and Eagles will meet again at Life Eagles Park for the second of their third game in this weekend series.
The Eagles will be counting on a rookie that has never pitched in the KBO to stop the bleeding on Saturday. Things could get a bit interesting with that strategy, but the Eagles are strapped for talent right now in their rotation. The Bears are expected to give the nod to Yu Hui-kwan. He will be making his seventh start of the season on Saturday. Head below for our free Doosan Bears vs. Hanwha Eagles pick for June 13, 2020 in the KBO.
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Rookies can always be a bit of a wildcard in the KBO. They don’t get groomed like in the majors where a rookie will go to the minors and develop. If you can pitch in South Korea, you immediately go to the top level of baseball in the country. Han Seung-ju was drafted in 2020 with the 18th overall pick in the second-round.
He doesn’t have a sure fire arm, so this could be an interesting game pitching wise for the Eagles. The 19-year-old will be throwing his first pitch as a KBO player in the KBO against the Bears in this one. He was drafted out of high school, and as a reward, gets to pitch against one of the best offenses in the KBO right away.
The Bears are tied for second in the KBO with a team batting average of .299. The Dinos and the Bears are the only teams in the league that have scored more than 200 runs so far. Expect Han to have some difficulties in the first KBO start of his career. The Bears should be good enough in this one to get to Han and do some damage. Yu Hui-kwan will likely see solid run support. As a team, the Eagles are last in the league with a 6.24 ERA.
Yu notched a career-high ERA of 3.25 and 1.28 WHIP last season. The 34-year-old veteran has gotten off to a serviceable start in 2020 as well. Yu has posted an ERA of 3.60 and 1.57 WHIP in six games. He’s allowed 14 earned runs in 35 innings of work on the bump. The Eagles should be a relatively easy assignment for Yu on Saturday. They’re hitting just .233 with 3.14 runs scored per game. The Eagles are going to win again, but I don’t see it happening with a rookie against the Bears.