The KBO continues on Saturday with another slate of five games. This is the biggest sports league that is operational at the moment. When the Bundesliga starts in about a week in Germany, then German football will have the honor of being the biggest league back in business. If you want a league that is in the process of returning to some form of normalcy with fans in attendance it’s the CPBL in Taiwan. They are nearing a point where they are going to allow 1,000 fans into the stadiums as spectators. Certainly a major step in the right direction for sports worldwide.
Others have a long way to go before fans are allowed back, though. The major sports in North America are just trying to formulate a plan to play games. Nothing is set in stone and everything is tentative at this point. Major League Baseball is sending a roadmap to the player’s union soon, and we’ll have a better idea once they go over the proposal. The KBO is the third-best baseball league in the world. It isn’t on the same level as baseball in Japan, and of course not MLB, but it’s still a major league and better than what we had a couple of weeks ago.
The Doosan Bears are looking for their fourth Korean Series championship since 2015. They would also repeat and become back-to-back champs if that comes to fruition. The Bears swept the Kiwoom Heroes in 2019 to win their sixth championship in franchise history. They finished with a stellar record of 88-55-1 in the regular season. Doosan have a big target on their backs in 2020 and are going to be one of the teams to beat again. It’s been a so-so start for them thus far, as they’ve gone 2-2.
Doosan are coming off a bad loss against the KT Wiz on Friday, as they were spanked by a score of 12-3. Rough day for the Bears, but they’re likely going to make out fine as the season progresses. The Wiz and Bears will play the second game of their three-game series on Friday. The Wiz recorded their first win on the season, as they moved to 1-3 and avoided a 0-4 start. The Lotte Giants and NC Dinos are the only clubs with a perfect mark of 4-0. The Dinos are a dangerous squad that can’t be ignored. Lee Young-chan will get the call for the Bears on Saturday, while youngster Kim Min will counter for the Wiz. Head below for our free KT Wiz vs. Doosan Bears pick for May 9, 2020 in the KBO.
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Kim Min will get the call for the third straight season after improving just slightly from his rookie campaign. Kim posted an ERA of 5.06 and 1.74 WHIP as a rookie in 2018. He made just 9 starts to get his feet wet in the KBO. Despite the shaky numbers, Kim was able to finish with a respectable record of 4-2 because of run support. The following season with more of a sample size, Kim registered a record of just 6-12 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. With the offensive numbers down for the Wiz, he wasn’t able to get his record in order. After the Doosan offense was held in check yesterday, it’s within reason that the Bears will respond with a big showing on Saturday.
Lee Young-chan has been around for much longer than Kim, as Lee has been in the KBO since 2008. The 31-year-old has been a nice option for the Bears over the years. He’s been a solid middle of the rotation kind of guy who can chew up some innings. Kim posted a 3.62 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 2018, with those numbers increasing to a 4.07 ERA and 1.44 WHIP last season. 2018 was his first season as a full-time starter for the Bears and it was a positive experiment. He led the Bears to 15 wins and suffered just 3 losses. Terrible performance by the Bears yesterday, but I can see them bouncing back with a nice response on Saturday. They’re a better club than what was on display yesterday. Look for a win by 2 or more runs for the Bears.