The Hanwha Eagles and Doosan Bears get the final week of the KBO regular season started at Jamsil Baseball Stadium. The Bears are vying for second in the KBO, as they can officially give up on trying to catch the NC Dinos. The Dinos are locked in for first-place at the top of the standings. That grants them an automatic ticket to the Korean Series.
First in most leagues doesn’t mean that much, but in the KBO it means a heck of a lot. That provides an extra incentive to win the KBO regular season title. The Bears finished in a deadlock with the SK Wyverns at 88-55-1. They won the tiebreaker, though, and received an automatic bid to the Korean Series, which they ultimately won in four games in a sweep. It was the sixth championship for the Bears.
They’re going to have a chance to make it two straight Korean Series titles in 2020. This road is not going to be as easy as last year, though. A free trip to the finals for their effort in the regular season isn’t going to be in the cards for them here. The Bears head into this matchup on Tuesday with a record of 76-61-4 for fifth in the KBO. It’s plausible they finish there, but within reaching distance of the LG Twins for second.
The Bears trail the Twins by 2.5 games with time running out. In other words, a win at home against a beatable opponent must happen if they want the second seed. They can’t afford to chalk this one up as an easy win going into the evening. The Hanwha Eagles are dead last in the KBO with a record of 44-93-3.
They tied a KBO record early in the season with 18 straight losses. However, the Eagles have pulled off some upsets here and there, including wins over the NC Dinos. If the Bears are lazy tonight, the Eagles can bite. The Bears will give red-hot Chris Flexen the starting nod in this one. He’s been on fire and it’s going to be required right through the postseason. Woong-jeong Jang, who will make his second ever KBO start today, will counter for the Eagles. Head below for our free Hanwha Eagles vs. Doosan Bears pick for October 27, 2020.
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The Hanwha Eagles haven’t given up despite their ugly record. They are coming off a huge upset over the NC Dinos by a score of 11-6. They were on a seven-game losing streak going into that game and ended it against of all teams the Dinos. Drew Rucinski had a rare off day on the hill, as he was exploited early and often. The Dinos tried to fight back, though, the Eagles didn’t stop, like they typically tend to do.
A repeat performance against the Bears isn’t going to be easy on Tuesday, especially with Chris Flexen who can’t miss right now. Flexen has been enjoying life in his first season in the KBO. Much has been made about how Dan Straily has been for the Lotte Giants, but Flexen has quietly been going about his business with the Bears as well.
Flexen has posted an ERA of 3.19 and 1.13 WHIP through 20 starts. He’s allowed 1 or no earned runs in his last three performances. That includes 20 innings of work, including a standout outing versus the Eagles on October 14.
Woong-jeong Jang will step on the bump for only the second time in his professional career. Jang was sharp in his debut with 4 hits, 2 walks, and 1 earned run conceded versus the Samsung Lions through 4 innings on October 17. The Bears are a much bigger challenge than the Lion, though.
The Eagles pulled Jang just as it looked like he was beginning to get tired. Don’t expect to see Jang going deep in this game, while it’s certainly possible that Flexen can carry the Bears on the hill. Note that the Bears are first in the KBO with a batting average of .292 at the dish. I don’t care for playing a runline at this price, but fully expect the Bears to pull away for a comfortable win.