We have the first knockout situation in the Korean Series on Tuesday after the NC Dinos blanked the Doosan Bears by a score of 5-0 yesterday. It was an easy win for the Dinos, as they blew things open in the seventh frame to take a 5-0 lead. Chang-mo Koo was phenomenal across 7 innings of work. Koo didn’t give up a run in his 7 innings of work.
He is certainly making a case for MLB scouts to get his attention. In the biggest start of his career, Koo came through with a gem to put the Dinos one win away from winning the Korean Series title. This would be their first Korean Series championship. Note that the Dinos have only been playing since 2013 in the KBO, so this is a nice turnaround for them.
The Dinos reached the Korean Series in 2016 and were dispatched in a sweep against the Bears. They lost the following season in the final playoff round before the Korean Series against the Bears, so this could be seen as a bit of payback. That said, the Dinos must finish the job before celebrating. All it would take is two straight wins for the Bears to steal this series away from the Dinos.
Now that Koo is out of the way in the rotation, they stand a decent chance of getting it done. However, the Dinos are still going to throw some talented pitchers at the Bears. Their rotation doesn’t only consist of Koo. They have others that can get the job done. For the Bears, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, though. Raul Alcantara, who has been great for the Bears down the stretch, will get the nod on Tuesday.
The Bears need a win, and they have one of their best options on the hill to get it done. That said, there wasn’t anything wrong with Chris Flexen’s performance and the offense abandoned him with zero run support. It will have to change on Tuesday for the Bears’ offense. Head below for our free Doosan Bears vs. NC Dinos pick for November 24, 2020.
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Raul Alcantara will need a big performance on Tuesday to keep the Bears alive. He is certainly capable of doing it, and he’s locked down the Dinos in previous matchups. Alcantara posted an ERA of 2.54 with a 1.03 WHIP. In his first season in the KBO, Alcantara recorded a 4.01 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 2019.
Alcantara came back with a new perspective this season and spun much better numbers in South Korea. Along the way in 2020, Alcantara had an insane record of 20-2. There were only a couple of games that Alcantara wasn’t able to win or earn a no decision in, but that’s all for 2020.
The Bears need him to do better than he did in his first outing against the Dinos in the Korean Series. In one of his worst starts of the year, Alcantara conceded 7 hits and 4 earned runs in a 5-3 loss. Everything unraveled for Alcantara in the fourth inning after the Dinos connected for a 3-run long ball. Get out of that inning alive and the Bears had a good chance of winning.
He will have to be a little more careful with runners on the bases this time around. Alcantara has been able to learn from his mistakes this season, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him with a better effort today. In the regular season, Alcantara notched a 2.63 ERA and record of 2-0 versus the Dinos. Drew Rucinski was fantastic against the Bears in Game 1.
He went 5.1 innings strong with only 1 earned run conceded. Rucinski is a sophomore in the KBO like Alcantara. He started faster in his first season, as he notched an ERA of 3.05 and 1.18 WHIP through 30 starts in 2019. There weren’t improvements from Rucinski, just more of the same from him. Rucinski netted an ERA of 3.05 and 1.26 WHIP in the regular season for the 2020 campaign. He’s been steady throughout the postseason as well. I am going to side with the UNDER again in what should be a low-scoring contest.