A so-so day in the KBO for us yesterday, as we took a split and suffered our first loss in a while. Despite the loss, the last week was a good one with a record of 6-1. If Major League Baseball does go through with the start of their season in a couple of weeks then we’ll be focusing on that. I’m confident it starts, but we’ll have to wait and see if it finishes. In any case, I will still keep my eyes on the KBO.
Keep in mind that I’m not going to be unloading on the majors. There are going to be players that don’t really want to be there and are playing anyway with a paycheck. Two weeks or thereabout I will probably start to get closer to my usual unit size depending on how things are going. There are still a lot of unknowns in a season that no player or team has ever experienced before.
The Doosan Bears and Lotte Giants got into a close one yesterday at Sajik Baseball Stadium The Giants got the win by a score of 5-4 thanks to 5 runs scored in the first half. Their offense went silent from the 6th to 9th inning, but the Bears were unable to take advantage. You’ll usually find the Bears coming back and winning in those spots, but the comeback bid failed. The Bears scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th to make it a 5-4 game.
With the win, the Giants advanced to 27-29 on the season. They’re ahead of the SK Wyverns and Hanwha Eagles by a comfortable margin, but are 12 games back of the NC Dinos for the lead in the KBO. They are 6 games behind the Bears for third in the league. The Giants started off really hot this season, but have since tailed off. I think what we’ve seen from them over the last few weeks is what that Giants are.
The Giants are a mediocre team that has the potential to pull off an upset here and there. I wouldn’t call last night a massive upset at all or even an upset. Sunday is another day that could go either way for the Giants as well. The Bears were 10-5 winners in the series opener on Friday, but the Giants fought back yesterday. We have arrived at the rubber-match on Sunday at Sajik Stadium. Head below for our free Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants pick for July 12, 2020 in the KBO.
Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants KBO Baseball Betting Odds:
Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants Prediction:
Veteran Jang Won-sam will have to be much better than he was against the Doosan Bears than in his first meeting. Jang was tattooed for 10 hits and 5 earned runs in 3 innings of work. He posted a 15.00 ERA and 3.67 WHIP in that outing on May 12. Jang has made only two starts since then, with an ERA of 7.50 against the NC Dinos and 3.00 ERA against the Eagles. He has notched an overall ERA of 7.20 and 1.60 WHIP on the season.
Prior to this season, Jang notched an ERA of over 5.00 in four straight years. It’s been since 2014 when Jang recorded an ERA of 4.11 that he had respectable numbers. The last two years, Jang posted an ERA of 6.16 and 7.98. Jang has been in the league since 2006. The 37-year-old is likely on his last leg in the KBO. The Giants would love to replace him next season with a better arm. They acquired Dan Straily this past offseason, so a similar signing would be big for the Giants. As it stands now, it’s unlikely that Jang will have a pleasant day against the Bears.
Despite a slow day for the offense on Friday, the Bears are first in the KBO with a team batting average of .301. Lee Young-ha will hope to get plenty of run support from his offense on Saturday. Lee has been more of a liability than anything for the Bears. He’s gotten tagged for a 5.79 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in 2020. In his previous four outings, Lee has yielded at least 4 earned runs in four out of his previous five showings. Three of those performances were on the road. I’m expecting plenty of runs in this one in what should be an entertaining matchup. I would lean towards a play on the OVER here.