If you haven’t been paying attention lately to the KBO after Major League Baseball returned, I can tell you that they are still in the regular season in South Korea. After South Korea got a firm grasp on the coronavirus, they decided to bypass playing a hodgepodge schedule with limited games and they’re going the distance.
The regular season will conclude on October 30 after a ten-day period to make up rained out games. I’ve still kept an eye on the KBO since the majors returned, and to be completely honest, not much has changed at the top and the bottom of the standings.
The SK Wyverns and Hanwha Eagles are still playing in the basement, while the NC Dinos continue to lead the KBO. The hot strike offense of the KT Wiz, led by Mel Rojas Jr., has pulled into second place behind the Dinos. It was evident early on that the Wiz offense was going to be difficult to hold down.
Rojas, a former minor leaguer with the Pirates and Braves, is hitting .349 with 42 home runs. He’s the most feared hitter in the KBO, but whether that means another chance in the US remains to be seen. I can’t say that things have been going perfectly for the Doosan Bears.
There isn’t much to complain about with a record of 72-57-4, but the Bears aren’t a club that wants to be 6.5 games out of first place. Having said that, the Bears are going to be going to the postseason, and an experienced team like them isn’t somebody that I’d want to play.
The pitching has been spotty at times, hence why they’re looking at the Dinos from afar. The Bears are scheduled to go with Hui-kwan Yu as their starting pitcher at home on Thursday. Yu has been one of those spotty starting pitchers in their rotation.
If he could get out down the stretch and for the postseason, that would be much appreciated for the Bears. As bad as the Eagles have been this season, Yu has struggled versus them this season. Min-jae Jang, who has primarily been used as a reliever this season, will counter for the Eagles on the hill. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. Doosan Bears pick for October 15, 2020.
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The Eagles are dead last in the KBO with a record of 43-88-2. That puts them 36.5 behind the Dinos for first in the league. They aren’t going to the playoffs, so it’s time to start thinking about next season. The Eagles went on an epic 18-game losing streak early in the season. That ties the all-time losing streak in the KBO. They’ve won some games since then, but not too many.
Their pitching staff has gotten torched throughout the year at a clip of an ERA of 5.16 in 133 games. Opposing offenses are hitting .328 against the Eagles in 2020. Min-jae Jang has made 22 total appearances with eight starts. He’s recorded an ERA of 5.79 and 1.64 WHIP. Jang has been more effective as a reliever. In his last outing, Jang conceded 3 earned runs and 8 hits through 6 innings against the Tigers on the road.
In Jang’s last four seasons, he’s notched an ERA of 7.76, 4.68, 5.43, and now a 5.79, so this is around the norm for him. The Bears should be able to do some damage against Yu in this one. However, the Eagles are likely going to be glad to see Hui-kwan Yu again on Thursday. He’s been horrid against the Eagles with an ERA of 8.18 with a record of 1-1 versus the Eagles in 2020. Overall on the season, Yu has been mediocre with an ERA of 5.39 and 8-11 record.
It’s been rough for Yu in September since a start on the 4th. He’s allowed at least 3 earned runs in four of five performances, with 9 earned runs conceded in his last 10 innings of work. His most recent outing was against the Eagles on October 1. Yu gave up 5 hits and 3 earned runs through 3 innings for a 9.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. The total looks a shade too low for me here.