The Kiwoom Heroes and Doosan Bears meet for the final time in the regular season. There are only two more days of regular season action left in the KBO, with a full slate on Friday, and then only one game on Saturday. That will be in Gwangju between the NC Dinos and Kia Tigers. The Kiwoom Heroes are on the field for only the second time during this ten-day make-up period.
This is their second of games to make-up, while the majority of teams have essentially been playing throughout the duration of these ten days. The schedule makers did them right by giving them a game towards the end of this schedule. If they put both games earlier, then the Heroes wouldn’t have received a warm up game before the playoffs.
They need one game to shake off the rust, and this is what that game is designed to do. The Heroes are in the postseason with a record of 80-62-1. They’re a half game behind the LG Twins for the third seed, so there is something to play for on Friday. The most important thing for the Heroes is to shake off the rust and stay healthy, though.
The Heroes bounced the Doosan Bears by a score of 6-2 in their first make-up game on October 23. They will be in play against the Bears again on Friday. The Bears are coming off an impressive performance against the Kia Tigers yesterday. They got started early with five quick runs and then blew things open for a 9-2 win.
The Bears have two solid pitchers to give them a 1-2 punch in the postseason. Chris Flexen and Raul Alcantara have both been in terrific form. Hui-kwan Yu has been shaping into form recently as well, so the Bears are a fairly complete team from the pitching staff to the offense. Alcantara is expected to get the starting nod for the Bears in this one. Eric Jokich counters for the Heroes. Head below for our free Kiwoom Heroes vs. Doosan Bears pick for October 30, 2020.
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The Heroes will give Eric Jokisch the start to get warmed up for the postseason. Some of their other starters are going to be sitting on the bench for a while. You wonder if that will hurt or help them in the playoffs. On one hand, their arms are going to be fresh, but you too fresh can hurt rather than help sometimes. Jokisch has been strong for the Heroes this season. He owns a 2.10 ERA and record of 12-6. One of the only teams in the KBO that he’s had problems against are the Bears.
The Bears haven’t been scared off by Jokisch this season. They’ve dinged him for a 4.43 ERA and record of 1-2 in 2020. In Jokisch’s last appearance on October 18, Jokisch conceded 7 hits and 5 runs in 2.3 innings of work. In two other starts against the Bears, he gave up 8 earned runs in 10.2 innings, so this is basically one of the only offenses in the KBO that has given Jokisch problems.
On the other hand, Raul Alcantara, who has been terrific as well, does have some success against the Heroes. Alcantara has posted an ERA of 2.64 and a whopping record of 19-2 in the KBO. Alcantara also carries a 1.06 WHIP going into Friday. His work against the Heroes has been impressive. He has a perfect record of 3-0 and nearly perfect ERA of 1.04 against the Heroes. Overall in his last six outings, Alcantara has held the opposition to 2 or fewer runs. I will back the Bears here behind what should be a rusty Heroes side.