The KT Wiz and Doosan Bears meet in Seoul for the fourth time this series. The Wiz fended off what would have been a must-win situation for them today in Game 4. A loss yesterday and the Wiz would have had a 3-0 mountain to climb. The Bears failed to get the all-important Game 3 win, and the Wiz are back into the series at 2-1. In other words, the Wiz are far from out of the woods. If they lose tonight, they’re still going to have to win three straight games.
A win and everything is knotted up going into Game 5 on Sunday. The winner of this series will play the NC Dinos in the Korean Series for the championship in South Korea. The Dinos were awarded an automatic entry into the Korean Series because of their regular season title in the KBO. The winner of the regular season has overwhelmingly won the Korean Series, so that works in the Dinos’ favour. Talks of being rusty because of the layoff are thus a little premature.
It does give Chang-mo Koo more time to rest his foreman. The Dinos likely believe they’ll be seeing the Bears in the Korean Series, but the Wiz can’t be ignored too soon. If the Wiz can get another solid pitching performance to hold the Bears’ bats in check, then a win is going to be within reach for them on Friday. The pitching has been holding up well for the Wiz in this series. They’re not down because of their effort on the hill. The pitching has been strong in all three games.
Keeping it going for four straight games would be mightily impressive for the Wiz. I think it’s going to be tougher with Je-seong Bae on the bump, though. The Bears have had success versus Bae in previous matchups this season, so we’ll see if it carries over into the postseason. Bae has been hot recently, with his last poor performance against the Bears on September 8. That happened to be his only outing versus Doosan in 2020. The back of the Bears’ rotation, Hee-kwan Yoo, is expected to counter for the Bears. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. Doosan Bears pick for November 13, 2020.
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This game could be the turning point of the series. It’s vitally important that Hee-kwan Yoo settles into a groove for the Bears. He has not been their most reliable hurler this season, but the team could use him to come up big in their biggest game of the year.
Yoo has posted an ERA of 5.02 with a record of 10-11 this season. His issues were also felt versus the Wiz this year. Yoo has a 6.45 ERA with a record of 1-3 through five starts. In Yoo’s last 6.2 innings against the Wiz, he has conceded 5 earned runs and 10 hits.
24-year-old Je-seong Bae has been a consistent hurler over the last two years. He got into a rhythm last year for the time in his brief career, as Bae pitched in 28 games and 131.2 innings. Bae registered a 3.76 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in his first season as a full time member of the rotation.
His numbers have been almost the same, though Bae’s ERA dipped a bit to a 3.95 ERA in 2020. However, he was not able to handle the Bears this season. Yoo owns a 6.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP through 6 innings. The Bears recorded 6 hits, 2 walks, and 4 earned runs during that stretch.
I like what I’ve seen from Bae the last two games, but prior to that, he had a 4.91 ERA and 5.40 ERA against better offenses in the LG Twins and Kiwoom Heroes. Shutting down the Lotte Giants and Hanwha Eagles isn’t too impressive. The Bears finished first in the KBO with a team batting average of .293.
Bae has appeared to be fine against the weaker teams, but less effective versus quality offenses. The offenses have been silent for the most part in this series. However, this looks like a good spot for both to get into form. The OVER is worth consideration in the KBO on Friday.