The Doosan Bears look for a response at home on Friday at Jamsil Baseball Stadium after throwing away a 7-2 lead on Thursday. They were in control after taking a 7-2 lead in the top of the 4th. That lead quickly evaporated, though, as the Heroes responded with 5 runs between the 4th and 5th inning. They probably should have allowed Park Jong-gi an opportunity to get out of trouble, but Park was pulled and the bullpen unraveled.
Once their starting pitcher was out of the game, the game went south for the Bears. Having said that, Park wasn’t good either, as he allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 3 innings. Expecting anything to change from Park to the bullpen didn’t get much optimism from me, though.
The Bears are behind the Heroes by 2.5 games in the standings now. Along with the NC Dinos, they are the top-3 in the KBO. The Bears are the defending champs of the league, as they swept the Heroes in four games to capture their sixth title. It’s possible that the Bears will celebrate another championship in 2020, but they aren’t on the same pace.
The Bears notched a record of 88-55-1 to put them in a tie with the SK Wyverns for first in the regular season. As they head into Friday at 29-21, the Bears aren’t on the same track as they were at this point in 2019. In any event, there are several dangerous bats on the Bears that will keep this club in contention. The Bears must address their pitching in a trade or overseas signing to be the clear front-runner, though.
At this moment I don’t have that kind of confidence in them, but improvements can be made. They will play host to the lowly Hanwha Eagles in this one. The Eagles coughed away a 3-1 lead on Wednesday, and then didn’t have a fighting chance yesterday. They were losers by a score of 7-1 in a game that was over by the 5th inning.
The Eagles will see what they get with starting pitcher Kim Bum-soo on Friday. He held up well a few weeks ago at home against the Bears. Former Oakland A, Raul Alcantara, is scheduled to get the call for the Bears at home. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. Doosan Bears pick for July 3, 2020 in the KBO.
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For Kim Bum-soo’s standards, this season is going pretty well for him. Kim has a career ERA of 6.14 and 1.79 WHIP across 153 games in his six-year career. He has a career-high of a 5.68 ERA which was recorded last season. It’s been a small step forward in the right direction for him this year, but by no means is he where Kim wants to be. He owns an ERA of 4.34 and 1.66 WHIP in 29 innings in 2020. Note that Kim has made just two starts. He was promoted to the starting rotation after pitching reasonably well as a reliever. In two starts, Kim has posted an ERA of 4.61 and 1.56 WHIP against the NC Dinos and Samsung Lions.
That isn’t really a big enough sample size to go off this season, but Kim has been pitching well enough to remain in the rotation. They weren’t getting anything else from the back of their rotation, so calling on Kim makes some sense. The Bears are tops in the KBO with a batting average of .297. It should be a challenge for him on the road. The Bears might have lost yesterday, but they’ve scored 21 runs in their last two games.
The bats are likely to stay hot against Kim in this one. Raul Alcantara enters with a rock solid record of 7-1 with a 3.69 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. He hasn’t allowed more than 3 earned runs since June 4 on the road versus the Wiz. Alcantara is coming off a decent performance against a dangerous Dinos team, as he held them to 3 earned runs in 7.1 innings. That would probably be good enough for the Bears to win comfortably today. No way would I pay that price on the moneyline, though. I’d advise putting the Bears in a parlay or opting for the runline.