We begin what might be our final week of covering the KBO on a regular basis. With the start of the delayed Major League Baseball season beginning on Thursday night, our attention will turn to baseball in the US at the highest level. I will likely have a couple of picks for Thursday in the KBO, but we’ll have to play it by ear after that.
If there’s a major coronavirus outbreak in the majors, then they’ll likely have to pause again. However, individual cases here and there isn’t going to slow anything down. That’s going to be a best-case scenario for baseball. I’m optimistic that we can get through the shortened season and award a World Series winner. The KBO has gotten through their season blemish free in South Korea.
The last time we were on the KBO grind, we turned Sunday into a 2-1 day for a profit. It very well could have been a sweep with 3-0. All we needed was one more run in 4 innings in the Wiz-Dinos game on Sunday. Both offenses went cold, though, and the game ended with a 7-3 final to keep the final score UNDER the posted total of 10.5. Tough beat, but two winners to make it a 2-1 day for a profit.
There are five more KBO games on the schedule on Tuesday following a day off yesterday. The Kiwoom Heroes and Doosan Bears meet in a battle of two of the best teams in the KBO. The Heroes and Bears both have the same objective in mind: catch the NC Dinos. Doosan is 5.5 games back of the Dino for second in the KBO, while Kiwoom trails by 6.5 games for first. This is a rematch of the Korean Series from 2019.
In the 2019 Korean Series, the Bears swept the Heroes in four games to win their sixth KBO title. With the Dinos hitting their stride this season, there is more company at the top of the league. The Bears are coming off an 8-4 win over the Kia Tigers on Sunday. They scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th, and then a couple more in the 9th to put the Tigers away on the road.
The Heroes were 4-3 losers against the SK Wyverns in their series finale on Sunday. It was a bad series for the Heroes, as they dropped two of three games. They’ll look to turn it around with ace Eric Jokisch on the bump today. Former major leaguer, Raul Alcantara, is expected to counter for the Bears. Head belo for our free Kiwoom Heroes vs. Doosan Bears pick for July 21, 2020 in the KBO.
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Eric Jokisch has been quite the find for the Kiwoom Heroes. In his second season with the Heroes, Jokisch has brought his game to the next level in 2020. If he’s trying to impress scouts back in the US, he’s doing a good job of it. Jokisch owns a 1.62 ERA and 0.92 WHIP heading into Tuesday.
This is his sophomore season, a year after an impressive debut as a rookie in the KBO. The 30-year-old recorded a ERA of 3.13 and 1.13 WHIP in his first season pitching in South Korea. Jokisch was just getting warmed up, as he’s been able to build on that and press forward with improved pitching this season. He looks to build on a record of 9-2 to get to double-digit wins on Tuesday against the Bears. Raul Alcantara will be looking to do the same.
Alcantara has been hot recently, with 2 or fewer runs conceded in five of his previous seven outings. In all seven games, Alcantara didn’t give up more than 3 earned runs. It’s been well over a month since Alcantara has had a poor showing. He gave up 5 earned runs against the KT Wiz on June 4 in a road start, but since then, Alcantara has been on fire.
Alcantara has yet to concede more than 3 earned runs in a performance at home. Overall, he has a 3.13 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, as Alcantara continues to improve on a 4.01 ERA and 1.25 from his first campaign in the KBO last season. In his previous three starts, Alcantara has posted an ERA of 1.43 and 0.73 WHIP. A low-scoring duel should emerge on Tuesday between Jokisch and Alcantara at Jamsil Baseball Stadium.