The World Series is in the books, as the Los Angeles Dodgers are the winners of Major League Baseball for the first time since 1988. You throw enough money at that team and they were eventually going to overcome the choking label. While baseball is done for the year in the US, the regular season is still ongoing in South Korea.
The KBO is using this week to make-up rained out games. Instead of throwing a bunch of doubleheaders together, the KBO has a ten-day period to play games that were rained out earlier in the season. That’s probably something the MLB can borrow for next season. Certainly don’t scrap doubleheaders completely, but if teams have to miss multiple weeks because of Covid, then it would make sense.
In any case, the Dodgers are winners of the 60-game season and I can’t say they didn’t deserve it. They were the best team in baseball throughout the regular season and playoffs. The Doosan Bears hope to say they were the best team of the KBO playoffs. They missed the opportunity to win the regular season title. That comes with an automatic ticket to the Korean Series, so it means a lot.
The Bears won the tiebreaker against the SK Wyverns to win the KBO regular season title last season. They weren’t so fortunate this season, but will still have an opening to win the Korean Series. The Bears are going to the postseason, though their seed has yet to be decided. The Kia Tigers are going to be the first team out of the KBO playoffs. They’re behind the Bears by six games, so at least it isn’t close and they won’t be denied in tough fashion.
It’s back to the drawing board for the Tigers. That said, they were in good form on Wednesday with a 4-3 win over the KT Wiz. Motivation is key right now. That’s the only variable that is difficult to pinpoint right now. I knew the Dinos were going to respond after getting lit up the game before, but it’s not always so simple.
The Bears are still playing for seeding, so that is something for them to aim for. The Tigers might have nothing to play for right now, but there’s nothing to lose either, and that can’t be dangerous for the opposition. The Bears are expected to send Hui-kwan Yu to the hill, while the Tigers will opt for Hyun-jong Yang. Head below for our free Doosan Bears vs. Kia Tigers pick for October 29, 2020.
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The Bears are coming off a 3-0 win over the Hanwha Eagles on Tuesday. It was a brilliant pitching performance by Chris Flexen to go 6.2 innings with just 3 hits and no runs conceded. He has developed into the ace of this ballclub and must be on point in the playoffs for the Bears to have success.
It would be an even bigger boost if Hui-kwan Yu gets hot at the perfect time. He’s been in the KBO since 2009 and has gone through moments of good and bad. Yu has been awfully inconsistent, which is why I say he could possibly get hot at the perfect time. He has posted an ERA of 4.45 and 1.43 WHIP through 265 games in his career.
In 2020, Yu has notched an ERA of 5.14 and 1.68 WHIP. That doesn’t seem too hot, especially after he put up a career-high with a 3.25 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 2019. This has been a downer of a year for Yu.
Having said that, Yu hasn’t allowed more than 3 earned runs since September 4 against the Samsung Lions. That’s six straight starts of some pretty good baseball on the bump for him, and he didn’t get chased early in any of those games either.
In Yu’s last two outings against the Eagles and Wiz, he conceded 3 earned runs through 11 innings of work. His effort against the Tigers this season has been sharp, with a record of 2-1 and 2.74 ERA. Conversely, Hyun-jong Yang has boasted an ERA of 6.19 against the Bears this year.
He’s coming off a dreadful performance versus the Lions, as they hammered him for 6 earned runs in 5 innings for a 10.80 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. He’s been average overall this year with a 4.53 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. I will take my chances on the better team at a better price on Thursday.