The Doosan Bears and Kiwoom Heroes are set to do battle at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Tuesday. Monday is always a dark day in the KBO, and all of the other Asian baseball leagues for that matter, including the CPBL and NPB. We haven’t dived into the NPB yet, but will likely have a pick or two before the Major League Baseball season commences. That is supposed to happen in late July.
Major League Baseball intends on playing games in their home stadiums instead of bubble sites. The idea was floated around to have bubble sites set up in Florida and Arizona originally, but both states are the hottest beds right now for the coronavirus, so that would have been even worse than using home stadiums. There are bound to be cases that pop up here and there. The key for MLB will be isolating the cases so it doesn’t spread throughout the locker room.
South Korea has handled the pandemic tremendously, and the KBO have only had one coronavirus scare so far. Lotte Giants’ catcher, Jeong Bo-keun had a high fever and was immediately administered a test, which fortunately came up as negative. Other than that, the KBO hasn’t had to deal with any outbreaks.
The Bears are coming off a 5-0 loss against the NC Dinos on Sunday. They blasted the Dinos, 12-3, a day before but fell flat the following day. Too bad some of those runs didn’t carry over to the next day for the Bears, because the offense was working for them on Saturday. All of the air in the room came out pretty quickly on Sunday, though. Drew Rucinski was dominant, as he gave up just 4 hits and no runs.
The Heroes stay put at home following a weekend series against the KIA Tigers. They won two of three games with wins of 2-0 and 1-0 for a couple of consecutive victories. This was after the Tigers beat the Heroes by a score of 8-6 on Friday. It was a nice response from the Heroes’ pitching staff. Now they have to play a very dangerous Bears’ offense that they’ll have to be aware of. Lee Seung-ho will be called on to quiet the Bears on Tuesday. The Bears are expected to go with Yu Huikwan. Head below for our free Doosan Bears vs. Kiwoom Heroes pick for June 30, 2020.
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The Doosan Bears will count on Yu Hui-kwan to lead the way on the road in the dome against the Heroes. Yu hasn’t been perfect, but he has gotten great run support to help provide him with a record of 5-1 going into Tuesday. He goes into today with an ERA of 4.66 and 1.71 WHIP. Yu is coming off a porous performance against the SK Wyverns on Sunday, as he got hammered for 6 earned runs in 2.1 innings.
He left the game with a 23.14 ERA and 5.14 WHIP for the worst outing he’s had in 2020. It’s the second game in his previous three outings that Yu had an ERA that eclipsed the 10.00 mark. Overall in his career, Yu has posted an ERA of 4.38 and 1.42 WHIP since entering the KBO in 2019. In his last five seasons, Yu has been above an ERA of 4.00 in four of five years. As a team, the Bears are 8th in the KBO with an ERA of 5.08.
The Heroes are expected to send out Lee Seung-ho, who is just a 21-year-old in his third season in the KBO. Lee owns a 4.80 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in his career, which spans across 64 games of action. He’s right on pace with his career numbers in 2020. Lee sports an ERA of 4.89 and 1.48 WHIP going into Tuesday. He has a tough assignment against the Bears here.
The Bears have had the best offense in the KBO in 2020. They are hitting .296 with 293 runs scored in 47 games. The defending champs haven’t been so dominant on the bump this season, but their offense has carried the load to a record of 28-19, which puts them 1.5 games behind the 30-18 Heroes. If there’s only one game to watch in the KBO today, this has to be it. This game should get into the double digits with more than 10 runs on the scoreboard.