The Hanwha Eagles will look for two straight wins on Sunday in the most unlikeliest of places. They’re aiming for their second straight win over the defending champions on the road today. The Eagles came close to making this a sweep opportunity, though they let one get away from them on Friday. Doosan came back from a 1-0 deficit to win with a run in the 8th and 9th to steal one from the Eagles.
Not to be discouraged, the Eagles responded with a full team effort on Saturday for one of their biggest upsets of the season. They notched the win by a score of 6-2 behind a strong performance from Kim Min-woo. Kim went 7 innings with just 1 earned run allowed. He did yield 7 hits and 2 walks, though the Bears weren’t able to do much with their chances.
For the Eagles, they still have a mountain to climb if they’re getting back to a level of respectability. That 18-game losing streak did a number on their record. Now they’re trying to slowly dig out of the hole, though it’s a long way out. Despite the solid performance on Saturday, the Eagles carry a record of 13-39 into Sunday. That’s good for a win percentage of 25%. With the SK Wyverns continuing to regress, the Eagles may get out of last before the end of next week.
The Eagles are 2 games back of the Wyverns. It’d probably just be wise to tank and acquire the first overall selection in the draft. Neither the Eagles or Wyverns are going anywhere anyway, so any wins are window dressing at this point. The Wyverns were smacked by the Lotte Giants on Saturday by a score of 10-4, so the Eagles were able to play catch up yesterday. After the lifeless performances from the Bears’ offense the last two days, they might be a sleeping giant waiting to wake up on Sunday.
Chad Bell is expected to get the call for the Eagles on Sunday. Bell has had a rough go of it this season. The former Detroit Tiger has been getting hammered and needs to find some consistency quick. The Bears will counter with Yu Hui-kwan who was slammed in his first outing against the Eagles this season. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. Doosan Bears pick for July 5, 2020 in the KBO.
Hanwha Eagles vs. Doosan Bears KBO Baseball Betting Odds:
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Chad Bell looked comfortable as a rookie in the KBO last season. He came into South Korea and made an immediate impact with the Eagles. Bell posted an ERA of 3.50 and 1.31 WHIP in 29 games with the Eagles. That was a great sign for the first-year pitcher who spent most of his career bouncing around minor league teams in the majors. All of the confidence that Bell was able to build up as a rookie in the KBO has gone to the wayside, though.
Bell enters today with an ERA of 7.88 and 1.88 WHIP in seven starts. After a nice performance in his first start of 2020, Bell has been hit hard for at least 4 earned runs in five of six outings. Bell surrendered at least 3 earned runs in all of those games. He’s coming off a poor showing against the KT Wiz on June 28 with an ERA of 9.00 and 1.60 WHIP in 5 innings.
Bell has made one start versus the Bears in 2020 and it didn’t go swimmingly. He allowed 6 hits, 2 walks, and 4 earned runs. That was good for an 8.31 ERA and 1.85 WHIP. That’s just about been consistent with what Bell has done throughout the season. That’s the bad news for the Eagles on Sunday. However, the Eagles had a productive day against the Bears’ Yu Hui-kwan on June 13.
The Eagles got to Yu for a 13.50 ERA and 2.00 WHIP, as Yu conceded 3 earned runs in 2 innings before getting pulled. Overall on the season, Yu has a 4.73 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in ten starts. In his last 7.1 innings, he’s given up 17 hits and 9 earned runs. I suspect that the Bears’ offense finally gets going today, so he should have solid run support, though. We’re likely going to see double-digit runs up on the board in this one with Bell and Yu starting. That points me towards the OVER on Sunday at Jamsil Baseball Stadium.