The Doosan Bears and Lotte Giants will meet at Sajik Baseball Stadium on Tuesday for one of several make-up games in the KBO. The next ten days will all be postponed games that were pushed back because of bad weather. The KBO does right by having this period for rained out matchups.
Perhaps Major League Baseball will do something similar next spring to counter Covid-19. I find it better than making teams play 7-inning doubleheaders constantly. The current season was kind of thrown together by Major League Baseball, but we did make it to the World Series and will award a champion.
The KBO isn’t even done with their regular season yet. The regular season will conclude on October 30 and be followed by a five-game playoff. The Bears are most likely going to the postseason, but they have to finish things up and prevent a collapse. They hold a 5.5-game advantage on the Kia Tigers for the final postseason spot in the KBO.
Barring something unforeseen happening, the Bears will be playing baseball in November. Whether they’re the fifth or second seed remains to be seen, though. The difference between the Bears and the Twins who are second is only 1.5 games. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for the Twins to feel comfortable with the second seed.
The Giants are seventh in the KBO standings for a 6-game deficit behind the Bears. With that in mind, it would have to take a small miracle for them to find a way into the postseason. While they’ve made great strides from last season, a 48-93-3 season in 2019, the Giants might need another year to rebuild before going to the playoffs.
They acquired former major leaguers Dan Straily and Adrian Sampson. Straily has been one of the best starting pitchers in the KBO. However, Sampson has not looked comfortable pitching in South Korea. The Giants expected to get more out of the former Texas Ranger.
The Bears went the MLB route as well this past offseason with the Chris Flexen signing. Flexen had been in the Mets’ organization since 2012 after being drafted in the 14th round. He was fine in the minors, but couldn’t hold up in the majors, as he has netted a 3-11 record and 8.07 WHIP. His professional career in the KBO has gotten off to a fast start, though. Head below for our free Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants pick for October 20, 2020.
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Chris Flexen needed something to go right in his career. He had his chances with the New York Mets, but didn’t live up to expectations. Not many people can say that they reached the major leagues, so Flexen certainly has that going for him. And not too many people can say that they’ve had success in an elite baseball league.
Flexen has been nice in the KBO for the Bears as a rookie. Flexen heads into Tuesday with an ERA of 3.41 and 1.17 WHIP in his 19-game KBO career. He’s been just about perfect through his last two outings with just 1 earned run conceded across 13 innings of work against the KT Wiz and Hanwha Eagles.
He’s seen the Giants in 13 innings and has been flawless against them with a record of 2-0. Flexen has recorded an ERA of 1.50 with 1 earned run allowed against the Giants in 2020. Adrian Sampson has been good in spots for the Giants, but far less consistent. He’s taken some beatings this season.
Having said that, Sampson is coming off a nice performance on October 14 against the Twins. He was on point to hold the Twins to 6 hits and no earned runs through 6 innings. Part of that was the Twins failing to hit when they had runners on, but it was the first game in seven attempts that Sampson didn’t allow a run in a start. Overall, Sampson has been shaky with a 5.24 ERA and 1.55 WHIP through 22 games as a KBO rookie. I will ride with Flexen and the Bears to win here by more than a run.