The Doosan Bears roasted the Kiwoom Heroes right out of the gate yesterday at the Gocheok Sky Dome. They were clearly motivated to respond after a poor performance the day before. In the first game of the series, the Heroes exploded late for a 11-2 win. They did a number on the Doosan bullpen. The narrative changed on Wednesday, though, with the Bears scoring 6 runs in the first frame, and then 4 more in the 2nd to take a 10-0 lead before the Heroes recorded 6 outs.
That’s the Bears team that we saw a season ago. The defending Korean Series champs. They weren’t anywhere to be found the day before, however. The Bears have a record of 29-20 for a 1.5-game deficit behind the Kiwoom Heroes.The Dinos are still leading the KBO with a record of 33-15. They’re up on the Heroes by 3 games. Between the Heroes, Dinos, and Bears, you likely have the best clubs in the league right there.
I said this before the Heroes got really hot as well. The loss last night for the Heroes was only their second in the last 13 outings. It was a bad loss, but there isn’t anything to be concerned about for Heroes’ fans. The Bears are the team that the Heroes were tripped up by in the playoffs a season ago. They were swept in the Korean Series, so the sting must still be there for supporters of the Heroes.
The LG Twins are hanging in there behind the Bears with a record of 28-21. They’re just a game back of the Bears. The Dinos have a relatively comfortable 3-game lead at the moment, but things are pretty close behind them. Without a doubt, the Dinos are far from a lock to win the Korean Series. Parity is the name of the game in the KBO in 2020. Well, besides the Wyverns and Eagles, who are well behind the rest of the league.
Park Jong-gi is expected to get the greenlight for the Bears on Thursday at the Gocheok Sky Dome. After struggling mightily as a rookie in 2015, Park looks like a completely different pitcher this season. He’s made two starts with an outing of the bullpen, and all three showings have been productive. The Heroes are scheduled to counter Park with Jo Young-gun. Jo is a 21-year-old sophomore seeking to get his career on track Thursday. It’s been a struggle for him so far. Head below for our free Doosan Bears vs. Kiwoom Heroes pick for July 2, 2020 in the KBO.
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A solid performance against the Doosan Bears could be a great confidence builder for Jo Young-gun on Thursday. He needs something to go his way because it has been a struggle for him in his career. Jo was awarded one opportunity in 2019 and he didn’t follow through with it. He was tagged for 3 earned runs in 0.1 innings and got pulled quickly. Jo exited the contest with a 81.00 ERA and 18.00 WHIP.
He’s not that bad, but Jo wasn’t afforded an opportunity to improve his numbers in 2019. He’s back in 2020 as a member of the Heroes’ rotation. Jo is the backend pitcher for the Heroes. He has notched an ERA of 6.87 ERA and 1.96 WHIP in five starts this year. It wasn’t his day on June 26 in his most recent outing, as Jo was touched up for 6 earned runs in 3 innings for a 18.00 ERA and 2.33 WHIP.
The Bears’ offense is hot after lighting the scoreboard up last night. Their offense has typically been in good form throughout the season. They’re first in the KBO with a team batting average for an advantage on the KT Wiz and NC Dinos. The Bears may not score 14 runs again on Thursday, though expect to see the Bears’ offense in gear against Jo in this matchup.
Park Jong-gi is back in form for the Bears. He boasts an ERA of 2.81 and 0.94 WHIP in three starts this season. His last two outings weren’t easy opponents either. Park held the LG Twins to no runs in 6 innings, and then just about did the same against the NC Dinos. The Dinos have scored the most runs in the KBO this season, just slightly ahead of the Bears. He gave up 2 earned runs and 4 hits in 5.1 innings for a 3.38 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. The nod goes to the Bears over the Heroes on Thursday.