The surging Lotte Giants put their perfect record of 5-0 on the line against the dangerous NC Dinos at home on Tuesday. Are the Giants for real or is this all a mirage? The Giants did not have a good year in 2019. In fact, they were one of the worst clubs in the KBO with a record of 48-93-3 for a win percentage of just 34%.
They haven’t been to the playoffs the last two seasons. We don’t really know what direction the Giants are going in yet. Jumping to conclusions too early in a baseball season is one of the most dangerous mistakes you can make. Having said that, the Giants have looked good and are the only club in the KBO without a loss thus far.
They are coming off a 4-0 win over SK Wyverns on Sunday. All of their scoring was done in the 7th inning. It took just 6 hits and an inning to close out SK with a terrific pitching clinic put on by Dan Straily and the bullpen. Straily went 7 innings strong, allowing just 3 hits and no runs. He left SK Wyverns dazed and confused at the dish, as he fanned 11 hitters and didn’t appear to be in trouble at any point.
Straily is going to play a big role in helping the Giants turn a corner in 2020. The former MLBer still has something left in his arm and should excel at this level of baseball. I can’t say I’m incredibly confident that they’re going to stay atop the standings. The Doosan Bears, however, are likely going to be hanging around. They’re coming off an exciting 13-12 win over the KT Wiz to advance to 3-2 on the season.
The Bears are the defending champs of the KBO and have won in 2015 and 2016 as well. In all, the Bears are six-time Korean Series champions. Despite a bit of a slow start at 3-2, the Bears are going to be more than fine this season. They will look to stay hot at the plate on Tuesday against Jang Won-sam, who intended on making his first start in 2020 a few days ago. However, bad weather ruined those plans. Jang will get the call versus Raul Alcantara on Tuesday. Head below for our free Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants pick for May 12, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Lotte Giants passed over Jang for Straily on Sunday and it resulted in a 4-0 shutout win. Jang gets his turn in the rotation on Tuesday against the Doosan Bears. Not the easiest assignment for Jang, who is coming off a horrid season in 2019. That also includes a bad 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 as well.
Since 2015, Jang has posted a collective ERA of 6.15. In his most recent season, he finished with a 7.98 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in eight games, which included three starts. Jang hasn’t been a full-time starter of a rotation since 2016 with the Samsung Lions. He was exploited for a 7.01 ERA and 1.75 WHIP that season.
It’s within reason to assume that Jang will have trouble with the Bears in this matchup. The Bears have one of the better offenses that the KBO offers and should be in good form with Jang on the bump. It’s unlikely that he will be able to get out of this one without getting into trouble in a couple of innings. Raul Alcantara, who is entering his second season in the KBO, is scheduled to get the call for the Bears on Tuesday. Alcantara was with a major league organization from 2010 to 2018 with the Red Sox and Athletics.
Alcantara did not have much success in his time up in the big leagues, having posted a 7.19 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 13 games. Alcantara was shaky in his last season within the A’s organization in Nashville. He produced a 5.29 ERA 1.36 WHIP in AAA ball. At 27 years old, he was released to make room for younger talent. No reason for keeping him with those kinds of outings.
In his first year in South Korea, Alcantara had a 4.01 ERA 1.25 WHIP for a fairly decent start to his KBO career. In one start this season, Alcantara has a 4.50 ERA and 1.33 WHIP after allowing 3 earned runs and 6 hits in 6 innings. He likely does something similar on Tuesday. I don’t want to pay -200 on the Bears on the road, but there should nevertheless be enough offense between these two clubs for the OVER AT -120.