The LG Twins and Doosan Bears got into another entertaining affair on Wednesday. A day after the Bears topped the Twins by a score of 9-6, the Twins responded for a 8-5 win yesterday. We move on to the rubber-match on Thursday at Jamsil Baseball Stadium. The Bears fell back to 32-23 on the season.
They’re a game and a half behind the Kiwoom Heroes for second in the league. The Bears are the defending champs, so there has to be some respect for them. That said, they aren’t on the same pace as they were last season. At least they haven’t tanked to the bottom of the league like the SK Wyverns. The Wyverns tied for first in the KBO a season ago and look at them now.
The Bears swept the Heroes in the Korean Series in 2019. I think they are going to need a push from their pitching staff to win back-to-back championships. The pitching just hasn’t been as consistent as they’d like this season. Offensively you can’t speak badly about the Bears, but getting their pitching going is going to be the difference for them.
As things are now, the Dinos and Heroes are more well-rounded than the Bears. They are capable of winning with their hitting or pitching. Meanwhile, the Bears more often than not have to rely on their bats at the plate. That’s not to say that there aren’t a couple of good options for the Bears in their starting rotation.
Former Oakland A, Raul Alcantara, getting hot down the stretch for the Bears would be a terrific asset. After a rocky start in 2020, the former major leaguer has been settling in recently. He is scheduled to get the start for the Bears on Thursday. Tyler Wilson, who has a bit of experience in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles, counters for the Twins. Head below for our free LG Twins vs. Doosan Bears pick for July 9, 2020 in the KBO.
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Tyler Wilson is in his third season with the LG Twins. His first two seasons went quite well. Wilson posted an ERA of 3.07 and 1.14 WHIP as a KBO rookie in 2018. He improved on that and recorded a 2.92 ERA and 1.16 WHIP the following season. Everything was going smoothly for Wilson, and I think he thought this KBO thing was going to continue to be easy.
It really hasn’t been that simple for Wilson in the 2020 campaign. He hasn’t been terrible by any means, though there’s been a steep drop off for Wilson. The former Oriole goes into Thursday with an ERA of 4.47 and 1.37 WHIP in ten games.
His most recent starts haven’t been too encouraging. Wilson has yielded at least 3 earned runs in his previous three outings. In those three starts, Wilson posted a 5.25 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. He got himself into a lot of trouble in his most recent performance, and he’s lucky only 3 earned runs were credited to him.
In total, Wilson was on the hill for 8 runs. Wilson conceded 10 hits as well across 6 innings of work. In Wilson’s previous 11 innings, he’s allowed 17 hits and 4 walks, so that’s not going to get it done. If Alcantara is in the form he was in his most recent outing versus the Twins, then Wilson is going to have to be much better. Alcantara notched an ERA of 1.13 and 0.88 WHIP on June 21 against the Twins. He allowed 1 earned run in 8 innings to lead the Bears to a win.
Overall, Alcantara has been solid with a 3.45 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 11 starts. After an inconsistent start to the season, Alcantara has been in a groove. Opposing teams haven’t scored more than 3 runs on him in five straight games. It has been over a month since Alcantara has had a bad game, and that was on the road against a good Wiz offense. Expect the Bears to respond behind Alcantara against the Twins after a turbulent Wednesday.