The LG Twins and Doosan Bears will clash at Jamsil Baseball Stadium for the first of a three-game series this week. It should be an exciting series between two teams that have some quality talent in their lineups. The Bears are the defending Korean Series champions, with a sweep over the Kiwoom Heroes in 2019. They tied with the SK Wyverns for first in the regular season and showed who the best team was in the postseason.
The Bears have some company to deal with this season. It’s not going to be an easy road for them to back-to-back championships. There are the Heroes and Dinos to deal with, who are both ahead of the Bears at the moment. I wouldn’t write off LG Twins just yet either, but I think they’re a step behind the top-3.
The Bears are currently 31-22 on the season for third in the KBO. They hold a 2-game advantage on the LG Twins, who are currently 29-24 going into Tuesday. The Twins just got over a thrilling series against the Samsung Lions this past weekend. Saturday’s matchup was a classic, as the Twins forced extra innings in the 9th with a couple of runs, then they were 6 outs away from a 5-5 draw. The Twins ended the deadlock with a solo jack in the top of the 12th, though the Lions fought back to score 2 in the bottom of the 12th to win.
The Lions made an incredible play with 2 outs in the top of the 9th at shortstop to make a diving save to preserve the 5-5 tie. If the ball made it through the infield, the Twins score there and wouldn’t have been a need for extra innings. The Twins were able to recover on Sunday for a 7-3 win. They rode a 6-run 8th inning to close out the weekend with a victory. That was their first and only W of the series.
They won’t be back in their own stadium just yet, as they are visitors for back-to-back series. The Twins will be home in Seoul, though they’ll have to travel to Jamsil Baseball Stadium for a three-game date with the Bears. The Twins are expected to give Cha Woo-chan the starting nod against Lee Young-ha of Doosan. This should be one of the more entertaining matchups of the day in the KBO. Head below for our free LG Twins vs. Doosan Bears pick for July 7, 2020 in the KBO.
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Cha Woo-chan will face the Bears for the second time this season. The 33-year-old struggled mightily in his most recent outing against the Bears on June 19. Cha was slaughtered for 6 hits and 8 earned runs in 1 inning. He left the game with a staggering 72.00 ERA and 9.00 WHIP. Along with the 6 hits, Cha also yielded 3 walks, so it was terrible all the way around. Cha is coming off a porous start against the KT Wiz as well.
He notched an ERA of 10.80 and 2.00 WHIP after allowing 6 earned runs and 9 hits in 5 innings. Cha heads into Tuesday with an ERA of 5.54 and 1.52 WHIP in 2020. He will have to contend with the best hitting team in the KBO again in this one. The Bears are first with a team batting average of .297.
The Twins had success against the Bears’ Lee Young-ha in their latest game against him. They got to Lee for 9 hits and 7 earned runs in 3.2 innings for a 17.18 ERA and 2.73 WHIP. It was the second consecutive game that Lee gave up 7 earned runs, as he was hammered against the NC Dinos as well.
Lee enters Tuesday with an overall ERA of 5.76 and 1.87 WHIP in 2020. In his four-year career, Lee boasts a 4.66 ERA and 1.50 WHIP throughout 99 games. I’m not sure who, but it’s likely either Cha or Lee has a fairly bad headache on Tuesday. Neither are probably getting out of this one without some damage inflicted, though. The OVER looks like the best option.