The Korean Series in the KBO opens on Monday between the Doosan Bears and NC Dinos at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. If you watched the regular season in the KBO, this is not a shocker that the Dinos and Bears are in the final series. The Bears are one of the great powerhouses of the KBO, while the Dinos were clearly the best team during the regular season. The Dinos have only been playing baseball in the KBO since 2013 and will be in the Korean Series for the second time in seven years.
An impressive accomplishment no doubt. In their first trip to the Korean Series, they were swept by the Bears in 2016. Reaching the Korean Series in that short of time was an accomplishment in itself. Now the Dinos are here to win it. After winning the KBO regular season title, the pressure is on the Dinos to win the Korean Series. The Dinos earned an automatic bid to the Korean Series as a result of their success in the regular season. They finished the season with a record of 83-55-6 with a 4.5-game win over the KT Wiz.
The Bears are coming off a 3-1 series win to get to the Korean Series. They wrapped up the victory with a 2-0 win over the Wiz on Friday. Their pitching throughout that series was on point. The entire pitching staff, including the bullpen deserves a lot of respect. Through four games, the Bears conceded 2 runs per game against the Wiz. The Dinos have a talented rotation that they can throw at the Bears, so the pitching is going to have to remain sharp. Ace Chang-mo Koo is expected to pitch in the Korean Series after suffering a fractured forearm in early September.
Any talk of teams that win the KBO regular season title are guaranteed to be rusty in the Korean Series has been dispelled in the past. Is it possible? Most certainly, but the winner of the regular season has historically advanced to win the Korean Series. I think this is going to be a really good series, though. There shouldn’t be any surprises no matter what happens. The Dinos will save Koo for a later start, and give Drew Rucinski the nod here. The Bears will counter with Raul Alacantara, who has been on fire lately. Head below for our free Doosan Bears vs. NC Dinos pick for November 17, 2020.
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Raul Alcantara went on a tear down the stretch for the Bears. They needed somebody to rise up and be a clear ace for them. Alcanatra answered the call, as he’s been looking mighty comfortable since September. Note that Alcantara hasn’t conceded more 2 earned runs in six of his previous seven outings.
In five of his last six, Alcantara has allowed 1 or no earned runs. He was able to bring his ERA all the way down to a 2.54. Alcantara also brought his WHIP down to a 1.03. Down the stretch, Alcantara has been one of the hottest pitchers in the KBO. His success against the Bears has been documented as well. He has posted an ERA of 2.63 with a record of 2-0.
Drew Rucinski hopes to counter with a strong performance for the Dinos. He is going to have a fresh arm, along with the rest of the Dinos’ pitching staff. As good as the Bears’ bullpen has been throughout the postseason, you have to like the fresh arms for the Dinos. Rucinski was solid for the Dinos in 2020. He recorded an ERA of 3.05 and 1.26 WHIP through 30 games.
Rucinski posted a terrific record of 19-5 to help get the Dinos to the Korean Series. His history against the Bears has been in good form as well. Rucinski has notched an ERA of 3.50 against the Bears. He’s coming off a dominant performance over the Lotte Giants, with a 0.00 ERA and 1.20 WHIP against the Lotte Giants to close out the season. This postseason has been low-scoring, and I could see the pitchers ruling the day again in Game 1 of the Korean Series.